OPEN CINEMA celebrates 10 successful seasons! Birthday cake, gifts, awesome feedback and a hybrid event

This post published on October 9, 2012

OPEN CINEMA Season 10 kicked off to an awesome start on October 3, 2012 – it was quite the birthday party with gifts, a Canadian premiere and a livestreamed Twitterchat all rolled into one. l

FIlmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia introduces 'Symphony of the Soil' at OPEN CINEMA

Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia introduces the Canadian premiere of ‘Symphony of the Soil’ at OPEN CINEMA October 3, 2012

For details about the film Symphony of the Soil, along with event poster, media release, links to the livestream broadcast and the Tweetchat, click here.

Great Feedback!

“We were so thrilled to have our Canadian Premiere with Open Cinema. They had an excellent tech setup, which made our film look fantastic. We were especially pleased with the audience turn out and dialogue that ensued the film. Great crowd, great conversation. Thanks Open Cinema!” – Jessy Beckett, Lily FIlms, “Symphony of the Soil”, Mill Valley, California

Virtual Cinema

It was our first hybrid event (live + virtual), so if you’re curious, please watch the livestream video of the post-screening discussion.

We also put together a Storify stream of the event, which includes photos, tweets and the livestream link compiled into a virtual story record of the night. We’ll be doing this every month, so tune into on November 7th for our next screening ‘Play Again’. More about that event here.

A decade of OPEN CINEMA Birthday Cakes

By the end of the evening, the packed house had eaten every crumb of Bubby Rose’s Bakery chocolate cake. Apparently it was delicious, but I’m not eating wheat (feeling better for it, though), so sadly I didn’t taste it myself.

Just for fun, here’s a photo celebrating OPEN CINEMA’s first birthday alongside this year’s photos.

Photo of OPEN CINEMA's First and Tenth Birthday

It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating OPEN CINEMA’s 1st Birthday!
Top: OPEN CINEMA Founder and Director Mandy Leith
Bottom Left: 2004 Board of Directors: Sandy Mayzell, Erin Skillen, Zsolt Sandor, Spencer Estabrooks, Linda Desormeaux and Garfield Lindsay Miller (not pictured)
Bottom Right: OPEN CINEMA team: Kirk Schwartz, Catlin Lewis, Mandy Leith and Peter Sandmark.

 Chocs for Docs!

One of OPEN CINEMA’s best birthday presents was a box of branded Belgian chocolates that #OCchats Twitter chat volunteer Angela Hemming gave us!

photo of OPEN CINEMA branded chocolates!

CHOCS FOR DOCS! Aren’t these branded Belgian chocolates fabulous? Thanks Angela Hemming!

It was a big night all round, everyone left feeling re-inspired about the value of composting and we had a lot of fun! Thanks to our event partner FoodRoots and to the speakers as well as everyone who came out to the event.

See you at the movies!

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