Followup

Sorry for the lateness of this followup.  Here is the short of it: GO SEE WHAT IF… Well, if it is playing in your area- it opens this Friday.  It truly is a heartwarming movie about breaking down one person to show him what his life should have been like had he not made one bad decision that ended up changing him for the worse.  But you watched the trailer I linked to last time.  As for my experience, I arrived there Monday night at about 5:40 and there were already a lot of people waiting.  By the time the doors to the worship center opened, the lines practically went out the door.  But I did manage to get a seat, even if I never did meet up with any of my small group (or my mother, who someone from my group- Matt-  brought since I didn’t have time to go home then back to Elgin) until afterward.  My mother got a seat too- she and Matt made it inside just as they were adding an extra row.  Everyone else had to go to an overflow area where I presume they had a feed from the worship center.  Around starting time, everyone got a laugh when John Ratzenberger came out with a camera in his hand recording us- his way of returning the favor. 😀

Once the guests were seated, my pastor came out and introduced everyone and talked particularly about the director, Dallas Jenkins, since he is now on staff at the church.  Introductions aside, the movie started.  As I said already- go see it- if you are a follower of Jesus you won’t regret it, and even if you aren’t it is still a very enjoyable drama.  Anyway, once the movie was over, the campus pastor, Jeff called up the three actors present and Dallas to the comfy chairs set up on stage and there was a discussion with them about the movies.  The three actors present were Ratzenberger, Kevin Sorbo, and Debby Ryan.  If you or your child watches Suite Life On Deck on the Disney Channel, she plays Bailey.  Sorbo is best known for his role as Hercules and Ratzenberger from Cheers or more recently as a voice on many Disney/Pixar movies.  I took some pictures with my iphone, but they were pretty bad.  I’ll just say I was in the 5th (I think) row, toward the side of the center.  I was able to see three of the four without a problem, but for the last, and for Jeff, I could only see them on the screen.  Afterward, I went to my car to get my work camera (why I didn’t think of this ahead of time I don’t know).  By the time I met up with my mother and got my camera, we were at the end of the line.  How long was the line?  Well check it out:

AVI of looooong line

Sorry, I don’t have any sort of youtube or other account so you will have to bear with a link to the avi on my webspace.  Anyway, here are some photos of the guests signing What If posters.  Needless to say, I did not get up there before I left, but one of my 5th graders recognized me and offered me one since his family had a few already- God bless him.  So since I didn’t meet the actors myself, I just took these photos from the balcony above which was not blocked off by security.  As always, click on a picture for a larger version:

Sorbo and Ryan

Ratzenberger

All three actors

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5 Responses to “Followup”

  1. jamiahsh Says:

    That is GREAT! And the stars there, too! Sounds terrific!

  2. Dallas Jenkins Says:

    Hey, thanks for the kind comments about the film! Come introduce yourself to me sometime at Harvest. I really appreciate that you came to the premiere…

    Please make sure you go see it in theaters, though…if the movie doesn’t sell tickets, we can’t make more, so it’d be great if you could spread the word and get some tickets. I know it’s playing at the Fox theater in Elgin right near the church.

    http://www.thewhatifmovie.com for the list of theaters where it’s playing.

    Thanks again, and God bless!

    Dallas

  3. derek Says:

    A comment from the director on my blog?? 😯
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    Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. Indeed I really enjoyed the night, thanks for doing this. I am not sure if you are tied to the Elgin campus- I attend the Rolling Meadows location so if I see you there I will be sure to introduce myself. Bad as my iphone pics are, among them is a picture of you so I will remember what you look like. Again, thanks.
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    I see the movie doesn’t open in Ohio for at least another week, but hopefully my friends out there will be able to see it if any of the theaters are not too far from Bryan. For myself, I see it will be at a theater a bit closer to me than the Elgin one, so…

  4. Taylhis Says:

    Unfortunately, the closest of the Ohio locations is still 3 hours away. 🙁
    Since we are in the corner of Ohio, I checked the Indiana and Michigan locations also, but those aren’t nearby either. Guess we’ll have to wait until our church shows it?
    Either way, glad you had a great time; thanks for sharing!

  5. derek Says:

    Well- the DVD will come out at some point I suppose- or maybe the film will get a wider release at some point? Sorry, Taylhis.