Sundance…Premiere Day!

8 Feb

February 7, 2011

Thursday, January 27.

Premiere day arrived!

In the morning we had 2 interviews. The first was for CBS and the second was for the Life In A Day website…

Here we are!

It was a busy and fun morning–and we were even able to squeeze in a few games of checkers in-between interviews…

Then it was one last trip to Main Street…

We wanted to see YouTube’s Life In A Day interactive exhibit which gives a glimpse into how the team sorted through the thousands of film clips they received. It was fascinating to see. There was a huge touch screen and a list of key words to choose from so we just started touching key words that we thought would bring up our clips–and lo and behold, we found them…

Kim made it into the Main Street exhibit…

Next it was lunch. We were all in the mood for pizza and there’s nothing like red checkered tablecloths to let you know that the pizza will be good…

And it was. A few more stops and then we headed back to the hotel to rest a little and get ready for the premiere.

I’m thinking Al Pachino didn’t take a bus to his premiere, but we did…!

Once we arrived at the theatre, we were excited to see a large group of people waiting outside to see our movie. We were led off the bus and into a private entryway! After primping backstage we were ready to meet our waiting press! As we stood in front of the Sundance Festival backdrop (or as they say in Hollywood, the Step and Repeat), photographers called out “over here” or “this way.” My friend Christin taught me to smize (a combination of head tilt, eyes up, chin down, or something like that) but all of her rules flew out of my head as I turned every which way like a bobble head just trying to keep up. 

After a few group shots we were ready to enter the theatre…

Once inside the theatre, we were seated and of course took more pictures…

and watched as the theatre filled up…

6:15pm. Lights dimmed. It was showtime. 

The movie was everything and more than we had ever expected. Joe Walker was a master at editing thousands of clips into an extraordinary film. My sister compared the film to a quilt made up of thousands of little pieces. You may or may not like each individual piece, but they all come together to create a beautiful work of art. This film is just that… a beautiful, poetic, work of art, and we are so proud to be a part of it.

It was a lot to take in though. Seeing ourselves, our living room, our life on that huge screen was surreal. Going back in time to that day was hard, but it was also healing. We were able to see how far we had come from that day in July and it made us feel good… and proud… and blessed… and extremely grateful for all that we’ve been given. But most of all, we’re so very grateful for each other.

And if I wasn’t feeling blessed and grateful enough, onstage after the show for the Q&A, I was able to tell everyone that I was doing well, that I had finished my treatments, and that I was going to be okay. And the whole theatre applauded for me.

And now it was time to celebrate! We headed over to the Riverhorse restaurant for the After Party…

A glass of wine, a cold beer, and a coke on the rocks please…

Celebrating with Joe, Elisa, and Harvey…

Bobby snapping pictures of the lovely ladies…

And surveying the damage that Taiji made at the cheese and dessert table. Turns out that Taiji touched everything on the table. No dessert for me that night…

Kevin and Bobby having a heart to heart…

Kevin and Bob having a heart to heart…

Oh yeah, it’s dancing time…

After a couple of glasses of wine, it looks as though I’m trying to give advice to our friend and co-producer Jack. I wonder if he took it…

Yes, it really was 2:30am and yes, we really were still up…

Not only were we up, but we were on our way to the After-After party…

Elisa and I relaxing by the fire…

Bob and Lee bonding…!

By 4:00am we were ready to call it a night. We jumped into a taxi and headed back to our hotel. One of the most amazing nights of our lives was coming to a close and we were sad to see it end…

and even sadder to be awakened by Bobby at 7am…

But after a few cups of coffee, we were ready to see what our last day in Utah would bring…

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5 Responses to “Sundance…Premiere Day!”

  1. marsha February 8, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    With your beautiful smile it is hard to imagine what you have been through. I love hearing about this fantastic journey. Keep smiling and writing

  2. Noreen February 8, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    Omigosh! Cathy, I’m overwhelmed just reading this, I can’t even imagine being there. I love reading your words and seeing your family smile! And I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your premiere dress!!!Perfect red carpet look. Daahling!…Who is your designer??

  3. Fawn February 8, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    I’m so happy you got to be part of such a wonderful experience.

  4. Sandy February 8, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    Whew!! What a fabulous experience!

  5. Carrie February 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    With this beautiful post you took us all along with you, thank you for a wonderful “trip”! xo

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