The closing night screening at the RIIFF

Watch the video first… spoiler alert…!

The schedule for the evening went very behind today, and so what should have been a seven o’clock kick off for the closing night gala screenings, became an eight o’clock kick off. The queue around the block was astonishing! Really, a thousand people queuing to see the movie for over an hour. So when they finally got into the air conditioned theatre, they were ready to sit down and be entertained. Super!

Audience First off, the movie looked AWESOME on Kodak Premiere stock. It was big, beautiful and smacked of MOVIE, something the HD films seemed to lack. The dirt, grain and weave, all of which are ‘faults and problems’ with film, simply served to inform the subconscious that Gone Fishing is a movie in the great popcorn munching sense of the word, and not a new, shiny and super clear digital film. I think that worked in our favour.

The reaction from the audience was simply overwhelming… I asked them to cheer for the Associate Producers if they liked the movie – AND THEY ROARED at the end! Wow! I don’t mind admitting, I was very moved by that and shed a tear. As people came out, they said the most wonderful things and seemed genuinely moved by the story.

Later we went on to the after screening party at an outside bar with a stunning waterfront view of the night time city. And I realised that everyone I met was telling me how much they loved the film, and Columbuswanted to shake my hand. It really is gratifying to know that we have made something that really does touch people – so much so, they often felt compelled to share their own personal, and sometimes very intimate stories and meanings behind their experience of the film. This is what it’s all about for me.

And yes, the pic (right) was taken lying on my back outside the theatre (you will understand if you saw the video).

The audience awards will be announced in a week or so (as some films have yet to be screened and the votes counted), but tomorrow are the big awards over a breakfast brunch…

Onwards and upwards!

Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author

3 Responses to The closing night screening at the RIIFF

  1. Sheena Hobbs August 12, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    Just gets better and better!

  2. Ayten Sahin August 12, 2008 at 7:00 pm #

    Hi chris, I was trying to follow your blog time to time but I must say i did not live any suprise because I was expecting ! Also you are really good about people, you are able to show extra effort to reach more and more people.
    I did not live any suprise espceially about Kodak.
    All the best, it will be good definitly what you are plning to shoot your new future film. You might fin out money and support probably much easier.
    take care.

  3. Alton Williams August 18, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    I hear a one JOAN COLLINS is on the committee…

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