Saturday, March 24, 2007

AFI Dallas Screening Update

Wow, what a day. AFI Dallas had interviews set up for me this morning. After that, I had the screening at 4:30pm at the Magnolia Theatre. Big theatre -- stadium seating. It wasn't completely full, but there was a really good crowd that seemed to enjoy the flick a lot. We had a good Q & A afterwards, and one woman in attendance raved about it during the Q & A and as we left the theatre.

After grabbing a quick dinner (David Lynch came in after us and sat down not far from us), I was supposed to do the red carpet thing. To me, this sounded silly, and I assumed it wouldn't a big deal. A few requisite photos and such. Well, Dustin Olson (the lead actor) and I were ushered to a rope line, where an escort took us from press person to person, and we did interviews and posed for pictures. It was a surreal experience; as we entered the red carpet area, there where actually photographers shouting to us, "over here, over here" as though we were real celebs.

Later, as we were nearing the end of the red carpet and the interviews, we noticed Bill Paxton on the same red csrpet, doing his interviews. We were told later that Patrick Fugit and Chris Klein were also behind us.

It was, in a word, cool. A really great experience. But also highly surreal. AFI Dallas has set up a major event here -- they really treat the filmmakers well.


Anonymous Jonathan said...

I'm so glad for you, Chris, that it went so well at AFI.

Yesterday I had a great day at the Florida Flim Festival here, near Orlando, but today so far has been really lousy.

Good luck with the rest of your events.

3/25/2007 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to know you were treated well. Best of luck to you.

Chad Jones
AFI press intern

3/27/2007 11:02 AM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

I was treated very well, Chad -- thanks. Enjoyed the "Religion in Film" write up, too!

3/27/2007 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved having you there Chris! Wa all learned alot about how to treat our filmmakers and how to be treated in return. The end result was an incredible festival with folks hugging and congratulating one another as everything came to a close. Thank you for being a part of our first festival. Hope you'll come back again real soon.

Michael DeVous
Press & Publicity Coordinator

4/03/2007 3:43 PM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

Michael -- you guys really did a great job, not just for a "first year" but in general. I was really impressed by being treated so well (it's like a drug -- i want more, LOL!)

4/03/2007 6:20 PM  

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