It was a perfect night in every way... except our movie star was missing.
Though her absence was heart-breaking for me and all of the folks who'd worked so hard to plan the screening, Gail insisted the show must go on.
Adam made a short, poignant speech explaining Gail's absence and I said a few words just prior to starting the film. Then, munching on popcorn and sipping wine and beer, the audience of Indiegogo crowd-funding contributors, friends, and family loved all 97 minutes of DOEVILLE, laughing and crying in all the right places.
to the crowd -- they yelled "we love you Gail." And then he put the phone to the microphone, and she responded, just so thrilled that everyone enjoyed the film. The next day, I brought footage of the screening shot by my friend Birgit to the hospital to share with Gail. It wasn't as good as having her there, but at least she got to enjoy a bit of the fun.
Next steps for the film -- cutting 2.5 minutes to get it to a final length of 95 minutes. Fundraising for final post production -- sound editing, sound mix and color grading. Output to a digital cinema package. Film festival submissions. And testing the waters for international distribution at Wildscreen Film Festival starting this Sunday!