The tour rolls into town tomorrow for a two night gig. The crew has their tickets and we are ready to roll. Festivities kick-off early at a local eatery.
Post show report to follow…
UPDATE – FFFT Post show report
Small venues always strike a sense of urgency within me. Limited, unassigned seating and a sold out crowd just don’t bode well for my sensibilities. Good thing two shows were lined out for my home town. It has been a long winter and Alaska is a conceal & carry state. Most are packing heat.
Just as I figured, the place was packed by the time we showed up, which was far in advance I thought. Nope. We got the last row of 7 seats together in the whole joint…left center, 3 rows back. Not bad.
On with the report already…right?
First off this wasn’t a “live show.” Translates to no AEG and no swag. Not starting out on the right foot here. I know, I know the swag was done on-line. Just doesn’t cut it in my book. Also no films for sale. Most of the folks there were itching to throw done some coin for a personal copy…including myself. A box of DVDs, t-shirts, and some stickers don’t cost that much to ship. I’m sure UPS would have cut the film tour a deal. Isn’t that right Jimbo?
Warning – Shameless plug dead ahead. AEG…if you are listening. Give me a shout next time. The crew and I are more than willing to help out next year to liven things up a bit. My arm is well on it’s way to healing so I can chuck stuff out into the crowd next year.
Overall…tough to top last year. Slipped a few notches this go around for sure. The film line-up had a couple of real winners and the rest was just filler. Stretched out over two hours with no intermission I was dreading the mandatory bathroom break [beers can do that to a brotha]. Not this go around. Let’s just say there was plenty of opportunities to slip out.
The highlight of the first hour was Beattie Outdoor Productions “Destinations”. RA Beattie pulled together a tight 18 minute compilation of his next 3 films shot in Slovenia, Alaska, and North Carolina. The footage from all 3 films was amazing and there was never a dull moment. The music along with the narration add so much to his films. Take note filmmakers…showing fish pose after fish pose gets old real quick. The only saltwater piece was RA’s albie film shot in North Carolina. Run and gun baby! Exciting as it gets.
The new film from Rollcast Productions looks like a winner as well. The trailer was good. A mix of rainbows, steelhead, and shark. That’s right…shark on the fly. The film angles were unique and the tunes were solid. The best line in the whole film tour is tucked into this trailer. Pay attention now.
AEG continues to step up it’s game. The Fish Bum I: Mongolia piece didn’t disappoint. If you saw the teaser and were excited, the film tour piece is better, and hopefully the full feature is so good it will make you want to slap your grandma.
As usual Felt Soul Media never disappoints…enough said.
Now on to the complaint department.
I know Pebble is a big issue but tucking 3 films into the line-up is a bit much. Felt Soul Media’s “Red Gold” was the crowd favorite for sure.
Saltwater seems to dominant the world. Why no tarpon, bonefish, permit…you get the picture.
What happened to Ryan Davey?
Begin and end the two hours with a bang. Most importantly the end. Bloopers would be good.
I’ve had a couple of days to think about it and the film tour was worth the price of admission. Just barely though. I wish I would have had more beer. Take my advice and down a few extra. You’ll have plenty of opportunites to take a break.
Ohhh…one other thing. AEG if you are listening. A venue for Anchorage next year…Bear Tooth Theatre Pub.