We’ve had a few weeks to absorb our first public screening at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival and we’re still ramped up from our experience. Our team arrived early to help facilitate the set-up process with wineries, the band, and make sure our film was loaded. By about 12:30 we were getting an inkling that our film was going to be well received, by 1pm people were mingling outside and not long afterwards we got word that our film was “SOLD OUT!” Excitement and nervousness were the words of the day, but when we opened the doors at 1:30 and the Dubuque Museum of Art quickly filled up.
During the pre-screening wine tasting event (with 10 wineries from across the region) and live music provided by Live Broadcast (a Cedar Rapids band) our guests were treated to some amazing wine and incredible music.
In my wildest hopes we would have a sold out show and that our team would have to give our seats away to stand. My wish came true! The theater seated 140 people and we ended up with 153! How about that for a first public showing!
After the screening our winery friends and a few of the Wine Diamonds team held a panel discussion that lasted for nearly an hour.
Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better screening event and we want to thank John Donovan, the JDIFF team, our winery friends, Live Broadcast, and the entire Wine Diamonds team. We’re now taking a few breaths and are making some final edits before we launch into the next phase of submitting our documentary to film festivals. Wish us luck and follow us on Facebook!
P.S. Here is a time lapse video of the pre-screening event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dwdyiqpvFA