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FireflyCan’t Stop The Serenity - the live screening reports
Friday 23 June 2006, by Webmaster
Ann Arbor MI (US)
No advance ticket sales, line at the boxoffice an hour before showing time. 171 seats sold out of 200. ... So much more than we expected!! We were hoping for the best, but planning for the worst. We don’t even mind that that worst planning wasn’t really needed! ... And I FINALLY got to see Serenity on the big screen!!!!!!
Atlanta GA (US)
It was well worth the drive from Savannah. I was so happy to get to be a part of this event. I am of the saw-Serenity-in-theaters Browncoat generation so when it came out I only got to see it once and didn’t really know what I was watching at the time. But now I am an addic... er... fan, so this time around I think I got a bit of the feeling that you original ’coats got at the preview screenings a year ago. What a rush! Especialy the introduction of Serenity. I get chills everytime I watch that scene. Anway, this film is a big screen film. It’s the way it should be watched and thanks for making that possible! *
We had one dramatic thing happen. Right when Mal was fighting the Operative in the final battle and he says "I’m a fan of all seven" the movie flickered and a big burn started and grew!! Needless to say we were all in an uproar, but everyone was very good-humored about it and the movie guy spliced it and got it going after about 15 minutes and we only missed about a second. We missed the part where he says "I’ll have to go with wrath" because next we see the sword miss the Op. Afterwards I asked the guy for the spliced part and so he cut them up and gave them out as souvenirs! When everyone left we handed out fruity oaty bars.
Some minor celebs in our ’verse were in attendance: Adam Hughes who did the cover art for graphic novel; and Rob Kuhlman who is one of the musicians for "Done the Impossible" movie!
Cleveland OH (US)
And, after all of that, the movie finally began...as always, it was a fantastic, exciting, hilarious, and emotional experience. Three of the people traveling with me had already seen and loved the movie (though one of them has still yet to see Firefly), and the person that I brought who had never seen the flick loved it to pieces by the end. Since I had loaned her my Firefly DVDs, she told me that her plan for the day after was to force all of her family to sit down an watch them with her.
I managed to snap up a promotional Serenity trading card, as well as a red wristband promoting SN/EN that I will now wear wherever I go. I’ve never had more fun supporting a good, humane cause! Gender equality is really a very weighty and important issue, and to be able to support it like this is terrific.
This was also the first fan-run event that I’ve been to—last year’s pre-screenings were, of course, organized by Universal—and I must say that it was truly very wonderful, and I can’t wait to meet more of my fellow Browncoats.
Milwaukee WI (US)
What looked at first to be grim news - 15-odd tickets pre-sold, from what I first heard - turned out better than I could’ve expected! ... Just looking around the room, though, the theater seemed to be about 70-75% full. I can only speak for myself, but I had a great time.
Raleigh NC (US)
Whew — just returned from the Raleigh screening shindig and it was SHINY!! Our theater was filled to capacity and everyone had a stupendous time. We had door prizes and raffle prizes — I won a Kaylee gift basket, complete with jacks, tool set, and a teddy bear, which one of my little ones will love! The winners of the costume contest were awarded really shiny trophy plaques that a local Browncoat who owns a trophy shop had donated. He even created a really cool commemorative "thank you" plaque for the theater owners. This theater, Raleighwood Cinema Grill, is one of those places where you can eat food & drink mudder’s milk while watching the BDM — and we sure did!
As an aside, this was the first time seeing the BDM on the big screen for me. And, I took a buddy of mine who had never seen the BDM at all, not even on DVD. (Super props to our respective wives, who stayed home to watch our respective little ones). Anyway, the look on his face, at a particularly ... shocking moment ... was priceless. He had a huge smile, though, on his face as we were leaving the theater, heading home to our families. He thanked me for inviting him and said that Serenity was a truly great film.
All I can say is that the generosity of the Browncoats, the enthusiasm, and the sheer friendliness of the whole gang made this one event I won’t forget in a long, long time. I am so proud to be a Browncoat!