Annapolis here we go! I’m fresh off the road and ready for these impressionable minds. Well I’m actually the impressionable one in this equation. Everybody turned out to be like 30 years my senior. We screen at The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. This is a really funky center. It’s a hub for several art disciplines. They had sculpture, dance and a 60 + person theater rehearsal going on during the screening. The place was buzzing. I dig these creative environments. It makes me think of being a kid going to Fillmore Arts in DC. Each door you open was a new surprise.
I had an extra treat at this screening. Brigid from Mid-Atlantic Arts came by. It was cool to put a face with the voice and have support from the organization there. The crowd seemed to be regulars to the center’s events. It was an older white audience but immediately they came off as open-minded and art advocates. I spoke to a couple women as they went in. One lady said to me, “I’m glad you brought this film. Now I’m going to tell you exactly how I feel about it so it better be good”. To tell you the truth that kind of made me nervous because she seemed like she was right at the age where you didn’t sensor your thoughts anymore. If they feel it, they say it without any care of the cost. Oh boy.
When the film was done nobody left. Everybody stayed for the talk back. This is the first time that has happened. A few people always slip out after the film. I normally come down front soon as the credits roll so they at least feel bad seeing me as they leave. This was a feisty bunch. I almost got more testimonies then questions this time. I think my favorite was “thank you for including the element of religion.” She went on to reference a pivotal part in the film. I would share but I don’t want to spoil the film. It was one of my favorite parts too. Oh and the lady I was nervous about, she liked it. She had a little trouble with grasping some of the kids dialogue. I guess because of the vernacular but all in all she seemed pleased. Annapolis I had a great time. Thank you for being so open.
Post and photos by Ryan Richmond, OSIP touring filmmaker. Thanks to Brigid for checking out the screening! Brigid is a big part of the OSIP behind-the-scenes and books all of the filmmakers’ travel. It’s a big job, and she does it well. 🙂