Sunday, April 19, 2009

Getting to Know Tara

After hearing Oprah Winfrey's comments about Chicago being her "Tara" (see video in April 8 post below) and the 2016 Olympic bid, I could not help but take in tonight's screening of "Gone With The Wind" at The Fabulous Fox Theatre (disclosure: a client of Edelman, the P.R. firm where I work).

It was a great movie going experience as the audience really got into it -- fun to hear folks laugh, cheer and even applaud en mass ... for a film of 70 years!

The folks at the Atlanta Film Festival hosted a special screening which finally afforded me views of the entire picture, which is, of course, excellent and best experienced in its original format. Previously, viewing "GWTW" was only possible via PBS or poor VHS options (I could not sit through the whole thing on videotape back in high school).

This year's Atlanta Film Festival seems to have a little bit of everything and something for everyone. Opening night included an interesting documentary "The People Speak," which was quite good (I'm now inspired to read the book which inspired it, referenced briefly in "Good Will Hunting"). Also planning to screen some of the upcoming films on the Festival schedule.

And when the projectors stop reeling, will have to at last read "GWTW" and stroll on over to the Margaret Mitchell House (just a few blocks from my "Tara" on Myrtle Street in Midtown). But that shall have to wait at least until tomorrow.

After all, tomorrow is another day!

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