Film Courage: How did you learn to tell a great story?
Dr. Ken Atchity, Author/Producer: I learned how to tell stories on the porch in Louisiana when I was growing up because growing up in the country and born on a farm and my uncles were all farmers and storytellers. We sat on the front porch and told stories.
Every conversation started as a conversation but quickly went into a story. Even a trip to town was a story. Everything was a story. And I noticed of course quickly that some people could tell them and some people couldn’t. I mean a lot of stories down there were jokes.
One uncle I had the minute he started talking everybody seemed to leave the porch because he was the dullest storyteller I have ever run into in my life. You know, I loved him dearly, loved to go fishing with him. But don’t let him get telling a story because it takes him forever to tell it and at the end you can’t even remember how it began.
But the other uncle was mesmerizing and you loved listening to his stories. When he started telling stories people starting showing up on the porch and I think that is really where I learned where I realized that this was the…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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