To date the RPS has pretty much been a word-of-mouth type affair. That’s because last year (our first year) was kind of a test, so-to-speak. I was nervous each and every show that something might blow up, burn out, short out, or just plain break. It would be a little embarrassing to put all this effort into a show and try to get it to look seamless, fluid and perfect and then – oh shit – the projector just cratered and 50 people are sitting there looking a blank wall in pitch black.
I guess the chance of that happening is still there but things seem to be pretty well under control. And if it did happen, well, the show was free anyway, right?
But I digress. The direction I was headed was really in the progression of the show itself; it’s popularity. Of course it will never be “mainstream” nor do I care for it to be. It’s great the way it is. Though a larger audience is usually more fun, even if we have a showing of 6 people, as long as those 6 people enjoyed the show, had a good time, and want to come back, I’m happy.
For me, the experience of watching a movie on the back of a building while sitting on the ground outside and drinking a beer is so much different than inside on a couch or a theater. I like the sound of passing trains, fireworks from the ballpark, and helicopters whirring overhead. It’s all part of the experience.
The Flaming Lips show a few weekends ago put us (Rocktown and the Renegade Picture Show) on the map as a “venue.” And now, I think the future holds increased popularity. Especially if we get more involved with the Dead Center film festival – which is very likely.
So I will end this drawn out post by simply saying – if the RPS gets more popular, more press, more whatever – that’s cool. Let it be. We’ll keep showing movies.
Welcome to all the new viewers!