Update #2 - 70% and beyond!
First off, a great big thank you to everyone who's pledged so far. With a little over 48 hours to go you've pushed us well past the 70% mark.
I'm getting excited. Outside cinema is always a little bit magical. The film, Chasing Ice, genuinely is jaw-droppingly spectacular and the bicycle powered gizmos transform movie-going from an activity that you passively observe into something that you participate in, and in a way that's rather lovely. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
So what's been happening since the last update? (aside from a break for Christmas.)
Well, it's been all go on the publicity front – and among other things Matt and I finished the poster – which you can download, print and put in your window (www.files.transitionwivenhoe.org.uk/chasingice.pdf). You can also find us on Facebook and elsewhere.
We did a screening of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas on Xmas eve, which didn't go entirely to plan. Gusting winds (which don't mix well with a large screen outdoors) meant we had to abandon plans to show the film outside and seek refuge in the local scout hut, which was a shame – but it did prove that we're flexible enough to switch venue at the last moment and we learnt some lessons to make that process smoother, which means you can be sure we'll be screening Chasing Ice come wind, rain or shine. We also raised £50 for the local Helping Hands volunteers too.
The weather forecast is currently set for a fine evening, but just in case, our stormy weather backup venue for Chasing Ice will be the Phillip Road Centre, Wivenhoe.
We also debuted our new screen on Xmas Eve and it worked a treat. We now reckon we've got the swankiest bicycle powered cinema in town. And we fixed a dodgy connection that played up in the sound system too (and checked all the others), so that won't be bothering us on Tuesday evening. The sound on Chasing Ice really is something by the way, so we'll be pushing hard to make it as good as possible.