“Alright, that seems like a pretty easy thing to do,” I thought. I was wrong.
The beginning of the show was amazing. It was my first time to the Banff Film Festival so I had no idea what to expect. The photography was far beyond anything I had seen before. The Red Helmet was a wonderful flick and if you haven’t seen it before, look it up on youtube. It’s got an amazing story.
Next was Red Gold, and it really hit my heart. It was my first time seeing it on the big screen, and just to hear the music and the gasps from people around me, nearly brought tears to my eyes. Ben and Travis, you guys did an amazing job!!!
After the movie was over, it was time for me to get up on stage. My two buddies I brought along with me wished me luck and off I went. Now I didn’t really have a clue about how many people were there, so my nerves were at a level I could deal with. However, when I got up on stage, I saw 400+ beady eyes staring right at me. My heart stopped, my mouth went dry, and my thoughts were gone. To make it even better, a bright light nearly blinded me. I dug deep, and started talking in a very shaky and nervous tone. A five minute talk ended up being two, and much of what I was going to say was left out. I felt like a deer in the head lights. Although after my talk I did recieve a very hearty applause from the crowd. It really made me feel good, and made me think of Ben and Travis when they recieved a standing ovation at the premeire of Red Gold. What a feeling that must have been.
Once I turned the show back over to Charla, I made a quick escape off the stage and under my breath cursed myself.
“GOSH Camille, you sounded like an idiot up there.”
Intermission quickly followed and then the second half of the show started up. More very good and moving flicks were showed that made me itchy to get out in the woods again.
Going to the festival was a great experience. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone, and got up there on stage in front of so many people. It was an honor to speak on behalf of Red Gold, and meet the people who show it around the world. Thanks Charla for getting me up there on stage and also for the quick bite to eat afterwards. I still think you have a pretty sweet job!!
If the Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to your neck of the woods! I highly recommend you check it out!