WHAT I DIDN'T EXPECT TO LEARN FROM OUR FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE
I’m basically a film star now.
You know, here in Calgary.
There’s something magical about sitting in a room of 375 strangers and watching the thing you created together. You get to lead them through your story, feeling them all sync up as they laugh out loud together at the first joke, or as they collectively “awwwwweeeee” at Mayhem’s giggle or the feelings of defeat at Wilde’s refusal to wear the pants I wish she would wear, EVER. Why won’t kids ever wear what you wish they would!
(NERD FACT: Science tell us that we are syncing up even more than we realize. That studies show that when hundreds of people pack into a theatre transfixed to the screen there is a significant correlation in brain activity across nearly 70 percent of their cortex sync up, if the film is doing it’s job well. When this happens folks breath will slow or speed up to match their neighbours as they feel the same waves of emotion, people are even known to blink in unison.)
It’s a certain kind of magic watching folks hearts and minds expand.
A sort of holy feeling.
I didn’t know to expect it.
I didn’t know I’d love it.
I didn’t know that watching people’s hearts expand through my story would be the thing that made every gruelling minute of creating this documentary worth it x10.
I wonder where this feeling will lead me. What story it propels me to tell next?
Or where it will take this story we’ve been lucky enough to tell already?
I don’t know but I’m here for it.
I can’t wait for this film to grow legs and run out into the world via
ouR YouTube channel on Monday!
IT’S OKAY, I’ll WAIT
But until Monday it will be safely tucked away under the wings of the Calgary International Film Festival, showing an encore screening this Sunday at 4:30