Public debut

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2010 at 8:04 am

Attended the first public viewing of the film For the Sake of the Song at the Paramount theater in downtown Austin, part of the SXSW festival.  Traffic was a killer, but I only got stuck on one block, and I quickly exited that snarl at the first opportunity.  I had googled a parking garage and found a spot quite easily, across the alley from the back door of the theater.  (I have spent more time backstage at the Paramount than in the audience, so I know the alley well.)  It was a short walk around the block to the front door.

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Tickets were handed out on the street out front, and I knew more than half of the people out front who were in the guest list line.  So the wait for the doors to open was a rather pleasant time of chatting with friends and hobnobbing with the stars who attended.

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It was fun seeing those who were seeing it for the first time, but it also was fun seeing it for the third time.  I could watch the movie several more times without it getting old.  It’s that good a movie, and yes that’s a biased viewpoint because I know/knew just about everyone in it.  (Never mind that I had a several dozen photos in it.)  It’s a very happy and genuine experience.

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After the film, we headed north a block to the reception at the Austin Museum of Art.  That was a lot of fun, talking to people (mostly friends attended) after the viewing experience.  I got to talk to the wives of the director and editor (Bruce and Jim, the two primary people behind the film),  which was quite enjoyable.

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After the reception, we moved south down Congress, across the lake, to the Magnolia Cafe, where the owner Kent Cole served everyone on the house.  (Our tips left were 100% of what the meal would have cost if we had been permitted to pay for them.)  Kent had been a spaghetti cook at the Fair in the early days, and the film was very special to him.

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All in all, a wonderful night.  It was quite special to have been a part of the film, but it was quite special to be among so many friends with whom I share a common history, and to see that history vindicated in a film this good.  It gave everyone attending (all three shows) a glowing sense of satisfaction that could not be denied.

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So now life moves on.  There is a party next weekend, which many of those attending the film will attend.  Lots of live music, lots of good friends, lots of good food, and this weekend is the work party (which is usually half work and half party, a warm up for the weekend ahead).

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In the meantime, there is a lot of work to accomplish for clients.  Not exactly the way I wanted to celebrate getting over this lingering viral infection that has been nagging me for a couple of weeks and change.  But I have to pay the bills somehow.

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