The theatrical tour was a blast, though I must admit, 23 cities was a little insane. On the drive home from Texas, Kelly (our comrade and publicist) was putting together the list of his favorite locations from best to worst. He liked Brattleboro the best (cool town in VT and we had 200 people show up to see the movie on a MONDAY night). His least favorite place was Kansas City (I won’t say why). I have a hard time coming up with favorites, but definitely enjoyed DC (sold out) and Austin (packed audience at the Drafthouse). Every city had its own reason to shine - here’s a quick list:
Seattle - it was my birthday.
Boise - 2nd time to screen at The Flicks.
Jackson Hole - Everyone vibed on the film and we sold a ton of DVDs.
Paonia - A beautiful small town that is undiscovered and Robin was wonderful.
Denver - Denver Film Society hooked us up with 12 screenings of the film - we rocked!
Kansas City - Stayed with the Coulters, a family featured in the movie.
St. Louis - Principia community came out to support - (my alma matter).
Chicago - Some old lady wanted to watch Once, but ended up in our theater. She started off the Q&A by bitchin’ me out.
Madison - We (me & Kelly) were on an NPR show and Kelly pretended to be an associate producer. The DJ called him out on it when he mentioned later that he got involved after the film was done.
Minneapolis - I love you Lagoon. The best Landmark experience we had.
Lansing - Home of our one and only - j.fred.
Cleveland - Robin and Eric (featured in the movie) introduced me to Tuscan Toast. Amen.
Lititz - Horse & Buggies from all around came to see the Amish scene in the movie.
Brunswick, ME - I got the biggest piece of hate email I’ve ever had from this community, but aside from that I really dug Gil and his cool operation.
Boston - Gus didn’t have the Grape Nuts Ice Cream, but he showed up to see himself on the big screen.
Brattleboro - One heck of a surprise audience - 200 - and McNeils.
DC - A surprise mob scene and a great Washington Post article.
Philadelphia - Two words - cheese steaks.
Wilmington, NC - Huka Turkish ladies and a good time with Richard, the local Segway dealer.
Gulf Breeze - I rode a Segway down to introduce the movie for the 1st time. It was another surprise crowd.
Austin - The Alamo Drafthouse rocks and so did j.fred on the phone in Q&A.
Dallas - I love the Big D. We had 100 people on a Monday night.
San Antonio - I met Lamar Smith who attended our screening.