What a great night. Our first screening here in ATL debuted to another sold out crowd, great audience response and a Q&A that went on until they kicked us out of the theater. Lots of Alabama alums in the audience, AKA and Delta Sigma sorors, and the dedicated cadre of film buffs here at the festival. Everyone responded to the film very strongly, and, as has been the case at other screenings, everybody took away something different from it.
Jess, the main subject of the film, and Creshema, her best friend and campaign manager, were here with their families, and had a lot of interesting things to say in the discussion following the film. It’s so nice to see them and catch up — we shared such an intense experience making this film together that it’s a real pleasure to be able to just sit back and enjoy the results.
My favorite thing about these screenings (aside from being told what a great film maker I am from people who have to say that because I’m standing in front of them…) is seeing the passionate discussion it provokes in people from different racial, geographic and political backgrounds. It’s why I made the film, and I love to see it play out in the Q&As and the conversations that spill over into the lobby.
The film was such a hit that they added another screening –FRIDAY AT 5PM. So if you’re reading this blog and you didn’t get a chance to see it tonight - catch it on Friday.