It seems my half-formed idea of doing a screening is gaining momentum. One of the biggest benefits, in my opinion, to the tabling I did this weekend was the connections that I formed. At the Takoma Park Street Festival one of my fellow tabler/leafletters is someone I think I recognized from AR07 (but then we know how good I am at recognizing anyone!), but regardless, she had recently talked to Jenny Stein of Tribe of Heart, who had mentioned the conversation we had at Poplar Spring’s Open House last weekend, and that I was interested in doing a screening. My fellow leafleter is interested in helping me. This is excellent news, because I certainly don’t want to take this project up on my own! All the help I can get would be wonderful.
We talked about it a bit, and Erica of COK heard us talking and mentioned that we should also get the venue (a dinner theater, and I found out last weekend that someone I volunteer with at Poplar Spring can help me feel out the place I have my eye on, because she is acquainted with the person who recently bought it) to serve vegan (and only vegan) food during the screening. This was an excellent suggestion, and something I hadn’t even thought of yet, since up until last weekend this was as vague an idea as it is possible to be!
As we discussed some ways to tackle this I mentioned that the venue does already have a veggie burger on the menu (I don’t know at this point whether it is vegan, but it is something I’ve been meaning to check), and that led to a discussion on talking to the theater’s management to work on getting some good vegan options on the menu there, regardless. And it looks like I might have some help there also.
I will need to take a bunch of things into consideration (though after talking with Jenny, I don’t forsee having any problems with doing what I need to get permissions, if I can manage to get a crowd of 100+ regardless), and taking a closer look at their how-to guide, I feel like I’m well on my way towards success. Okay, not actually far down the path, but heading in the right direction. I have started gathering my team (mostly by accident, and the team seems to be forming itself, but that’s perfectly fine with me!) and I will think about what other groups in the area would be interested in joining in (because I love coalitions). I have a venue in mind, even if I have no idea yet whether they’d want to get on board. I have a date, sort of, if you consider “sometime after PK is re-released” to be a date! Good enough for now, for me. And the video projection and refreshments pretty much are taken care of (at least to a degree, possibly fully) if the venue I have in mind is up for it. Since they are a movie theater that serves food…
I know this will be a lot of work, but I’m excited about it. I am excited about the new version of PK that will be released, about doing a screening, about the people who are excited right along with me and offering to help before I even have a chance to ask.
A supportive community is not something to be underrated.