Thursday, July 19, 2012

G-FEST XIX: Kaiju U. "Bittersweet Beginnings"

This was our fourth G-FEST, which doesn't seem possible. This picture was taken just steps from the box office of the Pickwick Theater, the grand movie house where G-FEST movies are screened. There is always a thrill at seeing the Pickwick's distinctive facade, yet for us it is also bittersweet.

In 2008, we were literally at the entrance to the Pickwick, gearing up for our first ever G-FEST double-double feature, when we received word that my mother-in-law was in her final hours. We immediately got back in the car and drove straight to Cleveland, and were able to be with her when she passed away. When G-FEST organizer J.D. Lees found out about our situation, he was very gracious to us, which only cemented our desire to return the following year.

Standing under the marquee of the Pickwick Theater with mere minutes to go before the first feature produces a complex swirl of emotions--everything from warm memories of Mom Long to simple (if somewhat selfish) hopes that "everything works out" this year. There was one year it didn't. That's life.

This year it did. That's what you'll be reading about in the posts that lie ahead, and we're looking forward to sharing it with you.

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