I was lucky enough to see a preview of the film Gravity a couple of weeks ago through the USA Film Festival. My brother went with me.
NOTE: I invited my niece to join me but when she cancelled my brother was conveniently the first one to text me his availability. The McDaniel siblings like free stuff, people.
Now normally the USA Film Festival does advance screenings of more limited release films -- not blockbusters starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, so this was an unusual film for them and I hopped right in to get a reservation for 2 seats front and center. The Film Festival had warned us to leave our cell phones and any other recording devices at home and John and I obliged.
Because I'm a donor to the Film Festival, we get reserved seats and don't have to wait in the long line -- LOVE that. When John and I arrived at the AMC NorthPark they checked my purse and wanded both of us looking for recording devices and/or firearms.
NOTE: We passed.
The press members finally arrive and the film is about to begin, but before they start (usually at screenings there are no previews) a big guy in a suit walks out and gets the audience's attention. He explains that no recording devices may be brought out during the film and that he and his team will be watching with night-vision goggles throughout the screening. When he says this, some people giggle, but the man quickly looked them straight in the eye and very seriously said "Hey -- this is not a laughing matter. My job is to protect this film and I am very serious. We are protecting this film."
Wow. I have not stopped thinking about this statement. I am protecting this film. It is my job to protect this film.
I wish that all parents felt this way. Good ones know that protecting children is their job -- in fact, it is the job of every single one of us. We are all required by law to report child abuse and neglect in Texas.
NOTE: To report in Texas call 1-800-252-5400. If you are not in Texas, the Texas hot line can give you information for your state or neck of the woods (a little Al Roker for you).
If only we took child protection as seriously as film protection.
P.S. Gravity is great -- see it. And of course it had lots of birth/mother imagery. You can take the girl out of the office, but you can't ever take the office out of this girl...