Fans of the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Crispin Armitage–aka Richard Armitage, or simply RA–have made friends around the world in our blogging, tweeting, chatting, vidding, fan ficcing, graphic arting, and such.
And, we like meeting up with each other to view and to support RA’s artistic projects almost as we would enjoy (or have enjoyed, for some of you) meeting the man himself, Richard Armitage. Almost. Ha!
So as the date of the world wide release of RA’s latest film project “Into the Storm” approaches, several of us RA Fans have been talking about gathering together to view the film its opening weekend to support Richard Armitage and his film. Opening weekend box office is crucial for the success of the film in terms of promoting a good buzz and word of mouth about enjoying the film.
There are about nine cities/regions mentioned so far where people have indicated that they are willing to try to plan a gathering in their region, or they would like to attend a viewing gathering (in the U.S. except where noted):
Atlanta Georgia Chicago Illinois Berkshire/London (England) Boulder Colorado
Los Angeles California New York City New York Portland Oregon Toronto,Canada
It is helpful to have two or three people organizing each city’s/region’s event so you can share the planning details. But we hope these events will be low stress for the organizers–identifying movie theatre venues and a time to see the film in their region, publicizing that information here and elsewhere, with potential attendees indicating their plans to attend and buying their own tickets ahead of time.
For example, myself, saraobsessed and Obscura are working together to plan a Chicago located RAFans meet up viewing on Saturday, August 9th–with potential additional activities (dinner, etc.) for those of us who might travel into town the night before. Hey! What happens in Chicago, stays in Chicago. Ha! But some events might simply be RA Fans meeting up to see the film and maybe chatting afterward. And that is okay. Whatever organizers want to plan for their event is fine–as long as “they” plan it. And the simplest is RA Fans viewing the film its opening weekend by themselves even if there isn’t a fan gathering in their region.
And I am also helping to facilitate other RA Fans organizing a viewing gathering in their area by creating this central website where the organizers of each region’s events may share their information with potential attendees and everyone else. I will work on setting up sub pages to this website for the cities/regions that have people willing to organize that gathering. And I will ask those organizers to send me their text and graphics so I can begin to setup their event pages.
I am initially building this website as of June 7th, 2014. So there will be inevitable tweaks and additions as we go along. I am counting upon my fellow RA Fans to make suggestions about features to this web site to make it as user friendly as possible. Some suggestions we will able to do, and some not–because we are using a free website template, and super duper whiz bang features often cost money. Ha!
I am also going to see if Warner Brothers Pictures or New Line Cinemas have small promotional items for “Into the Storm” to give away–such as lanyards or key chains, etc.–and plan to ask if they might make them available to us as a group. So closer to the event, I will need each organizer to let me know their potential numbers and then I will make one request for all of us. Fingers crossed.
Please use the “Contact Operation Into the Storm 2014 Admin” link to contact me with your ideas or questions. Or, if a particular post invites your response or vote on a poll, please comment/vote with that post.
My plan is to post a featured article on “Fun Day” Sundays–either written by me or by one of the other event organizers–but perhaps not every Sunday, until we get closer to the initial release of “Into the Storm” and our RAFans viewing gathering events in North America on August 8th. You will also find helpful links across the top and along the right sidebar of this website as I develop them.
Thanks and Cheers! Grati June 7, 2014
aka Gratiana Lovelace