Straightlaced: San Francisco World Premiere!Friday 20, February 2009
By Debra Chasnoff, President/Senior Producer | Straightlaced
Last month was a milestone for me and everyone here at GroundSpark. We had the world premiere of Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up in San Francisco! We literally finished the film at midnight the night before. And, as with the debut of all of our other films, I was a bit of a nervous wreck sitting in the audience, wondering how the 750 people in the packed house would respond.
Check out some of these highlights from the night:
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Once the film started to roll I watched my 15-year old son, Oscar out of the corner of my eye. He was riveted – always a good sign—and I finally started to breathe a bit more easily!
An hour later my co-producer, Sue Chen, and I were basking in the glow of a standing ovation.
(For more pictures from the premiere, place click here.)
Four plus years of painstaking work, scores of generous donations from our community of supporters, and the tireless dedication of our incredible staff and board had paid off!
“You have spoken the unspoken truth,” one student told me. “I LOVE THIS FILM!” roared another. And then there were all the adults. “I learned so much.” “I am stunned.” “I couldn’t stop crying.” “I’m so inspired.”
Since the premiere, Ryan Schwartz, our fearless and tireless national organizing manager, has been connecting with activist and educational organizations across the country to put together local premieres.
So far we have big screenings scheduled in communities that are really excited to use Straightlaced to spark dialogue, raise funds, and inspire audiences.
Thursday I was in Greensboro, North Carolina–300 people came out in the cold to welcome this film to North Carolina! Next week our director of education, Amy Scharf will be in Atlanta, Georgia where we are premiering the film after two days of intensive training for teachers on Let’s Get Real and That’s a Family!. Premieres are also coming up in Columbus, Ohio, Birmingham, AL, and Laramie, WY. More on what’s happening in all of these places in future blog posts!
Right now plans are underway to get events scheduled in:
New York City
Salt Lake City
Please contact Ryan Schwartz if you want to explore setting up a premiere in your city!
I look forward to seeing what you have to say on this blog. So don’t be shy — add your voice to and join in the dialogue about the power of film to spark culture change, especially for students in every school.