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Junco film premieres to sold out crowd at IU Cinema

When we first got the official word from John Vickers, the Director of the Indiana University Cinema, that our feature-length film, Ordinary Extraordinary Junco would be added to the IU Cinema schedule for Tuesday, December 11th, we had mixed emotions. On the one hand, we were thrilled to premiere our film at such an incredible cinema venue–the IU Cinema has state of the art projection and sound equipment, but is finished with all sorts of classy period details. But on the other hand we were worried about generating enough of an audience–on a weeknight and during finals week no less—as we did not want the 270-seat venue to seem empty. Further, it was a little bit intimidating screening our first science documentary film project in a facility that recently hosted the likes of Werner Herzog and a long list of other world-renowned filmmakers.

 

We were a little surprised when the tickets were “sold out” several days in advance—they were free but had to be picked up at the box office. Still, we figured our friends and colleagues just went and grabbed handfuls (since they were free), and the likelihood of actually filling the place was slim. Well, we had apparently underestimated either people’s desire to see the film, or at least the number of people who came out to support us, or both, as the cinema quickly filled before show time and only a lucky few of the 40+ people waiting outside hoping for an spot were let in. We were thrilled with the turnout, but it was gut-wrenching to turn so many people away who had waited in the cold—including some from out of town, but it’s hard to argue with the fire safety code, I suppose.

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It was a treat to see and hear the (mostly) finished product for the first time on the big screen with every seat filled, and the positive feedback from the audience was truly humbling and inspiring. We did a brief Q & A at the cinema after the screening and had lots of good questions, mostly focused on the science shown in the film, and a few about the process of making the film. Thanks so much to everyone who came to the premiere, sorry to those who didn’t get a seat, and we hope this was the first of many public screenings of film! The night was capped off by an awesome reception hosted by WonderLab children’s science museum, but more on that in another post.