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She’s accepting of her wavering energy, doesn’t apologize, asks for what she needs. It’s around the one-hour mark, nestled into her vintage furniture, that I realize that there is a lot to learn from Bruley. That her modus operandi may be one of medical necessity, but broken down for parts, it isn’t so different from self-respect.

Consider her relationship with consumption. Due to her processing limitations, Bruley must be hypervigilant about what she takes in. Whereas most people budget time regardless of their energy, she does the opposite, safeguarding her energy like a precious resource. This means looking forward instead of back, committing only to things in which she finds purpose, dropping lines of thought that don’t serve her. Anything less is a threat to her wellbeing.

“Events that specifically celebrate the female voice give the motivation, support and community we all need on our climb to be seen,” Bruley says. “WilmFFilm Fest is revolutionary, [and] their work is beyond the scope of a film fest; it is a radical push for change.”

" I wanted to write something about reentering the world after having your identity completely obliterated. Each character is a little piece of the experience I went through. The experience was completely absurd and, for the right sense of humor, pretty funny."

"There is this balance between sticking to your vision and surrendering to the circumstances

that comes with any collaborative project,” says Abigail Bruley, who wrote, directed, and starred

in short comedy On the Dot."

Ted Leo is playing a priest in the new short film Main Blessings

Indie rock legend Ted Leo has taken up acting, and will appear in a forthcoming short film by Philly filmmaker Abigail Bruley. 

Words With Nerds Podcast interview with Artist and Filmmaker Abigail Bruley

Abigail Bruley is an artist and filmmaker. Her upcoming film “Main Blessings” starring Ted Leo is coming soon. You can contribute and preview her film at You can follow her on Twitter @unbruley, Instagram @Brulesey & @Femme_flash_films and Facebook @AbigailBruley & @Femme Flash Films.

This week, Josh talks to Abigail Bruley (Down the Show) about Buster Keaton, recovering from a major car accident in Central America, and why Iowa shouldn’t be so picky. Follow Abigail’s all-female filmmaking group and their upcoming projects at or on Instagram at @femme_flash_films.


"For my latest Coffee With Comedians, or CWC if you prefer abbr.’s, I sat down with Abigail Bruley, who is a member of improv group Nielsen and the creator and head writer of Down The Show."


Sketchblock  founder KL Thomas  interviews Abigail Bruley for the latest podcast episode!

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