The Folktellers Universe all started when I tried to corral my first Tellerian partner almost ten years ago. Carl Winans was (and still is) a friend, colleague and highly-creative entrepreneur who I trusted enough to take out to dinner to pitch my crazy idea...read more
Josef Bastian is a Midwestern storyteller whose sense of humor, depth of spirit, and reflective imagination resonate within his poetry and prose.
As a professional editor, Josef has published multiple literary works, professional manuals, and numerous entertainment scripts and treatments.
Through his film company, Folktellers Studios, Josef is currently producing serialized content for streaming and theatrical distribution.
For the past twenty years, Josef has been designing award-winning curricula and courseware for Fortune 100 companies.
The opening line of any story can have a magical effect. Consider “Call Me Ismael,” in Moby Dick, Madeleine L’Engle’s, “There are dragons in the twins’ vegetable garden,” from A Wind in the Door, or even the Bible’s Book of Genesis, which begins powerfully with “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth...” read more
American folklore has always been a unique blend of folktales, myths, and legends from around the world, filled with heroes, heroines, and myriad tricksters along the way. The challenge in reinterpreting these classic figures lies in creating broader, more inclusive characters that are diverse, interesting and authentic...read more