Despite the fact that, in typical GJ style, NO ONE bothered to purchase their tickets in advance, flooding the box office in numbers 300+ 15 minutes before the show...AND...despite the fact that my husband's work extended into the late night hours and left me desperate for child care and running out the door last minute with neither a coat and nor my new digital camera (hence the crappy iphone photos)...
Good vibes STILL managed to fill the air as REVEAL THE PATH screened for a Grand Valley audience that packed the house and left the Mesa Theater's owners scrambling for extra seats! How perfect to host this film in the mountain biking mecca that is the Grand Valley. I know, easy sell, right?
The second film from director Mike Dion delivered his trademark flair for blending breathtaking landscapes and intense biking sequences with meditative reflection on the spiritual side of connecting with nature and exploring the broad palette of humanity that audiences familiar with RIDE THE DIVIDE, which Dion produced, anticipated coming in.
We were honored to the share the spotlight of last night's event with members of COPMOBA and the organizers of the F-TOWN GEARDOWN, some of the many visionaries who saw in this region the potential for world-class mountain biking and whose tireless efforts are transforming that dream into reality.
Seriously. I really need to get my circa-1994 Specialized hybrid onto REAL dirt more than once in its lifetime...
REVEAL THE PATH left viewers hungering for the thrill of the ground-level adventure that only biking will satiate. The moviegoers I spoke with left the theater feeling inspired and empowered to venture out and discover the treasures that lie just beyond every horizon. Many thanks to road-weary Mike for making the trek over the divide to lend a personal touch to the evening. It was great to re-connect face-to-face after months of hashing out the logistics of RTP's world premier tour over the phone. What a fantastic opportunity it was to serve as Tour Manager for one of the more thought-provoking films of its genre.
Was excited to hear about potential upcoming projects for Mike, which might include films involving the Colorado Trail and the Iditarod bike race. Looks like he'll have his hands full trying to get back into top form to brave the trails and the elements after months enduring the sedentary nature of the editing process. No doubt he'll be ready to roll when the time comes. Can't wait to see what's around the corner for this fresh and invigorating new voice.