I keep forgetting to post something about the gravida premiere. While the great reviews are nice, obviously that's not the whole story.
Oh, and I thought there'd be more photos to choose from, but apparently there was an early memory card issue. So it goes.
Prior to the screening, we placed approximately 70 of these posters around the city, mostly in the windows of various businesses. Also, we put the image all over MySpace and email, getting various friendly folk to re-post and forward the information to their contacts. Then, there was the whole getting on the phone and telling people they should show up. We got the premiere listed in all of the events calendars in the city that we could and I would have gotten a preview write-up in both Pittsburgh City Paper and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but my strep throat, coupled with a holiday weekend caused me to miss those deadlines by a day or two. Yeah, that was my mistake, and probably a big one.
So, on to the show...
That's yours truly, pale and gaunt from not having strayed from an editing suite for several weeks and, well, just a little bit stressed out, waiting for things to start.
Rachel Shaw, the film's lead, gave birth to her child (a boy) only 2 or 3 days before the premiere, so she was unable to attend, and Adam Kukic had a play dress rehearsal he couldn't get out of (both of these weren't problems we anticipated when we set the date), so sadly, neither of the actors were able to be there. So, for a hip photo of a star, we have to use this one of Matt Reed (L'Attente), who is neither hip nor a star. Nor is he even an actor.
The people start to roll in. The crew, various friends, people from the community, Andy Horbal. Surprisingly, none of the other filmmakers in the city who's screenings I've attended bother to show up. As you can imagine, I'm a little annoyed at them. All told, when the show starts, there are 45 paid admissions, which at $5 a head puts us below our goal of making back the theatre rental of $250. Surprisingly, there are a number of people who said they would show up and didn't, but there are a number of people I've never seen before in my life.
Anyway, on to the show. First up: music by Jerome Wincek on the banjo, with help from Nate Custer on the guitar. Jerome and Nate are ridiculously talented and despite some tuning problems, they played a great 40 minute set. Here's a photo of them setting up. That's Nate, with Jerome in green standing next to him.
Then, the films. First up is David Lowery's Some Analog Lines, one of my favorite short films. Then, my own L'Attente. The beauty of the Hollywood Theatre, besides the fact that they're very helpful, is the fact that they have a brand-new high-def projection system. L'Attente looks better projected there than it does in any other place I've seen it. Also, there isn't a bad seat in the house (if you don't believe me, ask Andy). It's a really great place to see a film, especially one projected from DVD.
And now, our feature presentation...gravida played smoothly. There was some rustling and shifting in the audience during the beginning and in the middle, but over the final third, they were hushed, silent, maybe even engrossed. As the credits roll, there's some applause, then silence again as they credits continue (at which point I overhear someone say, "that was tremendous"), then more applause. I go up front, thank the necessary people, and tell people they can buy the film on DVD in the lobby for a mere $8 (so can you) from these fine people:
They were also supposed to be able to buy this shirt, but due to a miscalculation, the shirts arrived the next day...grrr...
After that, we had a bit of socializing over wine. Reaction from everyone there was very positive. In fact, I've not gotten any negative reaction from anyone who's seen the entire film. That is, no one who's seen it has given it a thumbs down. Some have been more enthusiastic than others, sure, but they've all been positive overall. Is it a fluke or is the film really that good? I don't know. But if you're curious, there's only one way to find out for sure, and that's by purchasing a copy for yourself. It's a hell of a bargain and good karma. Everyone can use more good karma.