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SEASON OF A LIFETIME CHARITY EVENT WAS EVENT OF A LIFETIME!

WOW! That's the first word I can think of when expressing my feelings towards last night's special screening of "Season of a Lifetime." The sneak preview/charity event in association with the ALS Foundation of Georgia was a HUGE success. Not only did we raise money and awareness for this debilitating disease but also we had fun doing it!

The evening started around 6:00 PM at the Rialto Theater when Alive 11 and Fox 5 set up camp in front of the theater to do a live feed from inside. I did two very brief interviews for the networks before the festivities began. The wonderful set up of sports memorabilia not only given to me by various sports dignitaries and rock legends in their respective businesses, but as an added bonus Jason Bowen from Heritage brought his own collection of memorabilia to sell as well.SOAL Special Screening Event

The yellow school buses arrived around 6:30 and out came the real co-stars of the evening, the football players on the 2010 Greenville Patriots, donned in their blue home jerseys and the Greenville marching band in their traditional red collared shirts carrying their instruments from drums to trumpets. 

With the smell of fresh barbeque emanating from underneath the Pig n' Chik canopy, the band struck up familiar renditions from the season that would make the movie "Drumline" green with envy. 

The lobby started to quickly fill with attendees and the flash of bulbs could be seen from all over the place, specifically near the Endorphin Entertainment/FishEye Media Productions step and repeat banner.  Soon the place was littered with glamorous people looking to make a great night out of this as if they were at a real Hollywood premiere. 

Once the real stars of the movie showed up, Coach Jeremy Williams and his family, Jennifer, Josie, & Jacob, a brand new vibe permeated the room.  JW appeared to have rock star status…but I will say that little Jacob Williams might have taken some of that fanfare away from Coach. As CNN reporter Holly Firfer, who hosted the show, remarked, “That kid’s so cute I may take him home with me.” 

Once 7:45 hit, we followed the precession of people into the main theater led by the Marching Band who continued to play onstage as everyone found their seats. 

Holly Firfer started the evening with a few words about her personal attachment to the disease. She then introduced myself where I read my “thank you” list off a scrip sheet and proceeded to forget several key names involved in the entire production! Actually, I only forgot three but they were three too many! I then introduced Ed Walls, head of the local GA Foundation who happens to be General Manager of the Westin Hotel where the Williams family and myself were staying gratis the hotel. He had many kind words for our team and the film. Last was Dr. Jonathan Glass, the renowned researcher for a cure for ALS at Emory University who stressed the fact that ALS needs to be on the country’s radar as much as cancer or any other disease out there that effects families significantly. 

ROLL FILM. 

As the movie played the crowd got deeper and deeper into the emotional storylines. There were humorous moments mixed in with serious overtones. The crowd even cheered during some of the game footage even though the outcomes were already well established months ago. 

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Coach Williams and occasionally he would put his hand on my arm when he liked a part significantly.  This was HIS moment, and the pleasure I received from being able to witness Jeremy and his family react to watching their life unfold onscreen was pure magic. I will never forget when the credits rolled and Jeremy turned to me and said, “Amazing.” 

I want to thank everyone who attended the event for making this night one we will all never forget. The comments I received from people ranged from phenomenal to emotionally draining to spiritually uplifting to eye opening. The most consistent comment I received was how much we all need to appreciate the time we have on earth, and how we utilize that time to affect other people.  The cliché’ "live life to its fullest every day" applies here…because we never know how long we have to live. 

Only God knows our plan.  We can only "do what we do" each day. Love your family. Have faith. Commit to “SOMETHING” and see it all the way through. Faith, Family and Friends are what get us through hard times. It’s up to us to utilize the three in times of trouble. 

As someone once said to me, “You want to here God laugh, tell him you’ve got a plan.” And as Jeremy would say, “WE DO WHAT WE DO,” because we can’t control our fate.

 

Comments

Season of A Lifetime screening

I was invited to the screening by Matt Ruggles, as we sometimes work together.  I was really excited about the project, as I am a fellow film maker and big football fan. I also had a friend from our church suffer from ALS himself.  You really captured the story and faith that Jeremy and his family display. It was an amazing and powerful testimony in so many different ways: Jeremy standing strong in the face of this awful disease, the love he and his family share, the love the team has for Jeremy, the way he has impacted his whole community, the Christian example he has set for so many onlookers.  It was very, very well done and I wish you much success with the film........it should touch every viewer that watches it.

 

Lenny Daniel
Phoenix Video Productions 
                
                                    

Where will this show next?

I live out of state now & was not able to make it to this show.  Are ya'll planning any shows in other cities any time soon? 

future screenings and news on Season of a Lifetime - mailing lis

if you were not able to make the screening please sign up to the email list for updates on when and where we will screen next. 

 

As the screening at the Rialto was a fundraiser screening and not an official premiere I can say that there were some changes in the film and it is even better now.  Thanks to all who came out for this special movie.  All of us are looking forward to future screenings at film festivals.

 

Matt Ruggles

Director of Photography

"Season of a Lifetime"

future screenings and news on Season of a Lifetime - mailing lis

if you were not able to make the screening please sign up to the email list for updates on when and where we will screen next. 

 

As the screening at the Rialto was a fundraiser screening and not an official premiere I can say that there were some changes in the film and it is even better now.  Thanks to all who came out for this special movie.  All of us are looking forward to future screenings at film festivals.

 

Matt Ruggles

Director of Photography

"Season of a Lifetime"