Monday, August 13, 2012

Telling stories

The movies are our last great exercise in communal storytelling, so it seems appropriate to share a few stories from the Take Back the movies event this weekend.  Here are some of the stories we heard.

First, from the manager of the Cinema Latino, one of the only Spanish-language theaters in the Denver area and one of the theaters that participated in Take Back the Movies:
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for such a wonderful thing you did for many people here in the Aurora community and the movie industry. This state is desperately in need of people like you after all the many things that have affected us directly and indirectly. 
On behalf of the many customers that were surprised today with the movie treat we thank you! On behalf of all Cinema Latino staff we thank you for this wonderful gift that reassures us as employees that as long as there are people like you out there we are blessed. On behalf of the movie industry we thank you for shedding a little light in the darkness. Once again we thank you and God Bless You!

And from Scott Frazier, the team captain at the Cinema Latino location:

"We had a great time – probably talked to 200 people and gave them the opportunity for the free movie. Probably about half of them took us up on the offer and went in the theater. We spread out around the mall as well so the people we were talking to were not just the ones heading into the theater anyway. A couple of homeless guys pushing carts included – they really liked the free movie tickets! 

"We walked in the surrounding stores and invited the working staff; they loved it also. Great responses. People calling and inviting their friends. People running home to get other family members, then strolling by 15-20 minutes later in a small group smiling and thanking us again for the free movie."

Some of the Denver volunteers performed impromptu interviews during the lulls between groups:

Here are some other pictures from our other locations:

Thank you all for the great day!

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