What an EPIC time. Sweet damn, was it ever epic.
We started the evening standing in the beautiful February air in San Jose, basking in the glow of the Marquee: "Cinequest 25 Film Festival", ready to head in and open the festival with Batkid Begins.
|Here we gooooo!!! Batkid Begins kicking off the 25th CINEQUEST Film Festival!|
|Ted (who owns "the" Batmobile from the Batkid Day), arrived in style :)|
|Welp, this is exciting|
|Me, Rob (Animation), Jake (Cinematography), about to walk the red carpet|
|Dana knocking interviews out of the park|
|CINEQUEST Red Carpet|
|Let the games begin!|
|Me, talking animatedly about... something :)|
|"Rock and Roll": Ted, Patricia and Me|
|Patricia showing off the Bat-Clutch|
|You know, doing our thing!|
After some photos and chatting with some interviewers, we headed into the wondrous and beautiful California Theatre just in time for CINEQUEST founder Halfdan Hussey to introduce the 25th Season and our Opening Night Film: Batkid Begins.
|The opening night of CINEQUEST 25|
After the screening, Cast and Crew all went up on stage and answered some questions.
|Cast and Crew on stage after the screening|
|Sold out crowd!|
|Cast and Crew|
|Laughing with Patricia and Don|
|CBS 5 KPIX interview with Patricia|
|Looking on in awe at the living legend, Patricia Wilson :)|
|A little blurry, but good :)|
|Selection of Batkid Cast and Crew: Dave, Dana, Me, Kurt, Naomi|
|And... time for a beer|
|Batkid Begins Cinequest Opening Night After Party|
|...and then Joe and I took a Lyft to a Jack In The Box drive-through for 2am dinner. Dave very psyched about the curly fries.|
Sal Pizarro from San Jose Mercury News posted an awesome article following the evening (where he introduces me as "an exuberant engineer at Lucasfilm" -- haha): http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_27597364/pizarro-batkid-begins-makes-cinequest-opening-night-wish?source=infinite
IndieWire also mentions the film: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/cinequest-at-25-from-batkid-begins-to-barco-escape-20150227
And perhaps my favourite article was this review by Artsalot: https://artsalot.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/review-batkid-begins-cinequest/, showing just how much people in the Bay Area "get it", and understand exactly the message I think the movie portrays so powerfully. I love this city!
What an amazing and truly crazy time. I was so honoured to have been there with the (majority of the) cast and crew. What an experience to all have together as we continue to share this beautifully captured moment-in-time with the world. :)
This was my third time seeing the movie in a theatre and I'm still overwhelmed with feelings of "being there"-- it really does transport me back to the big day and the visuals and editing and music and sound effects and animation all play so perfectly together. I can't imagine any possibility of anyone telling this story more eloquently than Dana and Kurt did.
Thanks again to CINEQUEST and to Dana, Liza, Kurt and Ian and the rest of the cast and crew for making this a night to remember!
To tie a bow on an already perfect gift... on March 10th, CINEQUEST announced some more epic news...