Writer, filmmaker & multi-platform storyteller Brenda Keesal is creating a virtual gathering space called the Village that brings people from all over the world together to share their life stories, to cultivate connection, creativity and love. 

In 2015, Brenda founded Storytime, a diverse oral storytelling group in a neighbourhood café. As a creator of transformative gatherings, she leads groups of strangers through the drama and hilarity of their life stories, and helps weave them together.

Brenda’s film work is character-driven and emotionally-charged. Her award-winning fiction WANKER garnered cult status and rave reviews, voted one of the best movies of the year in her home town Montréal. The polarizing, interracial feature JACK & ELLA played in festivals all over the world. 

Brenda learned to write for the internet and share her own voice with a global audience on her popular, award-winning blog BURNS THE FIRE, showcased by WordPress five times (Discover, Freshly Pressed, Editors’ Pick). She has a book on the back burner- Some of My Best Friends are Old Men – based on one of BTF’s much loved series. She lives to uplift, inspire and connect.

Photo by Ezra Soiferman.

Check her out on Huffington Post

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