On January 27, 2008, Tonya, Indira, Shawn and I had our very first screening of True Grit(s) at the Vintage Hollywood Nightclub. We were a little nervous because there was a torrential rain storm prior to the event, and we thought that no one would come out in a storm to see our little labor of love. We were wrong. We don’t know GRIT about good friends!
The torrential rain storm stopped on cue. Guests not only arrived, they arrived early. Everyone looked great in their LA rain gear chic, and we greeted everyone as they entered into the club with love, enthusiasm and gratitude. Our good friends Roy and Rhett drove in from San Diego. Our new friend (and co-star) flew in from England. My friend James King came over to me and said, “I think you’re going to need more chairs.” He was right folks kept coming, and the theater space overflowed.
Tonya was closing the play “All That You Can” in Hollywood as we were introducing our film at Vintage Hollywood, so Indira, Shawn and I introduced the film. We stood in the back of the theater and nervously awaited the response. It was a symphony to our ears. We could not have dreamed of a better and more enthusiastic response from the audience.
Once the film was over, we invited psychotherapist Antonio Le Mons (who is also in the film) on stage. The film did exactly what it was supposed to do: make people laugh, think and stimulate conversation afterwards. We had an intense discussion about the topic of the film – infidelity. Audience members expanded on the conversation that took place in the film, and Antonio did a wonderful job at handling the more delicate questions.
The conversation and mingling continued afterwards. Guests browsed the wonderful Hollywood memorabilia, sipped on their cocktails and shared their views on the film. We had a wonderful time. It was magic! On behalf of “The Ghetto Savants” I wanna thank all of our guests that drove, flew and walked to see some grits fly! You made magic happen.
Next stop – Warner Bros studios for a special screening.