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2006 After Action Report

AFTER ACTION REPORT!

Wow, what a night! We had so much fun, and to have pulled this together in just over a week!! We got no media, so it was all word of mouth, flyers, blog postings, live journal, etc., and we had 136 attending! 102 tix sold in advance.... A Big Thank you to all of you who came and also to those who helped in various ways that made this a success (posting on the web, helping out last night, donating items, making signs, etc)

Highlights:

  • Projector playing the trailer for Done the Impossible, a Joss Whedon speech at Equality Now, and a Cast Interview
  • People came from as far away as Knoxville, TN and Savannah, GA
  • 9 people came who had never seen Serenity
  • When everyone left we handed out fruity oaty bars....
  • Lots of shiny raffle/door prizes!
  • Two people dressed as Kaylee
  • Souvenir tickets for everyone designed by Tony with Lilac Trading Station
  • Plus hanging out with such a large group of very nice people

We had one dramatic thing happen - right when Mal was fighting the operative in the final battle and he says "I'm a fan of all seven" the movie flickered and a big burn started and grew!! Needless to say we were all in an uproar, but everyone was very good-humored about it and the movie guy spliced it and got it going after about 15 minutes and we only missed about a second -- We missed the part where he says "I'll have to go with wrath" because next we see the sword miss the Op.... Afterwards we asked the guy for the spliced part and so he cut them up and gave them out as souvenirs!

Better report of the meltdown by BlueJourneys:
so the atlanta serenity day screening was last night and everything was going great. then towards the end of the movie when mal and the operative are fighting, this happened.

Operative: "Do you know what your sin is?"

Mal: "Hell, I'm a fan of all seven, but right now I'm going to have to go with the film broke.
stopped. burnt. tore. gone.

they fixed it of course, but still. what the frak?

what a perfect time for it to end. when it came back on you heard mal say "ath." so, i guess "ath" is a new deadly sin.

i think we should do a t-shirt for dragoncon with the sebc logo on it that says something like "Ath: My favorite deadly sin."

Good idea BlueJourneys, though it should be the Atlanta Browncoats logo since it was put on by us

Some minor celebs in our 'verse were in attendance: Adam Hughes who did the cover art for graphic novel; and Rob Kuhlman who is one of the musicians for "Done the Impossible" movie!

What We Raised

We had a raffle and raised some more that way, and also had one vendor (Lilac Trading Station) who donated all proceeds for one week to the cause! Here's our stats:

Raised at the door (tix + extra raffle tix) = $490
Online tix $1533.51 (after PayPal charges)
Vendor sales $150
Subtotal $2173.51

Costs:
- $550 (Theater Rental)
- $250 (Film print)
- $40 (shipping for film)

Grand total raised for Equality Now: $1333.51

Photos

Some have already posted some pics, check them out! If you have any to add, just sign on and go to Gallery and the Serenity Now category and you'll see a text link there for adding a photo! You can also make comments on photos posted.

Kudos

Space Monkey Sponsors
Andrew Teates
Joseph Davis

Big Damn Hero Sponsors
Lilac Trading Station
Amy Fortune
Brian Hartsfield
Geraline K. James (Gerry) aka..the Crew Chief

Prize Donors
Also, we want to thank the following businesses/organizations for donating items for our door prize/silent auction/raffle thing-a-ma-jigger:

Event helpers
Of course anyone who came and helped spread the word helped make this a success! We also want to thank those who helped Andrew and I with various things

  • Jeff Lenhard for manning the on-site ticket sales and general setup
  • Joseph Davis and Hillary for helping out with the costume contest and Will Call table
  • Myron for general setup (bringing tables, etc), logistics & planning, interfacing with Equality Now to get their promo materials, making signs, making the Fruity Oaty bars and promoting it at Sci-Fi Summer Con
  • Tony for making the very cool souvenir tickets and wrangling with his color printer to get them printed!
  • Joe Campbell for making the Serenity banner
  • 11thHour for making a template for our shiny flyers!

Let us know what you think!
Sign on to our site and leave a comment on the Serenity Day thread under General Discussion!

Thanks everyone and Happy Birthday Joss!
- Angela (Plange)

There are two ways to fight a battle like ours. One is to whisper in the ear of the masses, try subtlely and gradually to change the gender expectations and mythic structures of our culture. That's me. The other is to step up and confront the thousands of atrocities that are taking place around the world on an immediate, one-by-one basis. That's a great deal harder, and that's Equality Now. It's not about politics; it's about basic human decency.

- Joss Whedon

All of us at Equality Now continue to be amazed by and grateful for the Browncoats' and Serenity fans' generous and committed support for our work. Their energy and enthusiasm is inspiring and these screenings are coming at a critical time when we are especially in need of funds! We thank each and every one of them and Happy Birthday to Joss!"

- Amanda Sullivan, Equality Now
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