The Uninvited World Premiere in Whistler, BC--Photo Recap
words: Darrah Reid-McLean
photos: Rob Lemay
My phone started going off at 8:30am Saturday morning. “I missed tickets! What do I do?” “Ticket for your boy?” “9pm sold out! Know anyone with extra tickets?” None of my friends had purchased tickets, and to my own astonishment, we’d sold out the 19+ show.
The Uninvited world premiere went down this past Saturday night in Whistler, BC at Millennium Place. The theatre seats about 250 people, and when Jess said she had rented it out for our premiere, I had apprehension about filling even half of it. I told her nobody cared about our video and very few would pay $12 to come see it. I suggested choosing a smaller, cheaper venue. Jess was determined we deserved to have a big night. A testament to how much she believes in this project and women’s snowboarding. I was so wrong.
The red carpet was rolled out and Jess Kimura, Taylor Elliot, Alexa McCarty, Kennedi Deck, Maria Thomsen, Laura Munro, myself, and Troy Erickson gathered in a fancy backstage greenroom wondering what the hell we were doing pretending to be such rockstars. The evening started with a 7pm all ages show. Jess took the stage with the rest of us standing awkwardly while she gave an unprepared, from the heart speech about girl power and giving underrated girls opportunity in the snowboard world.
Next was the 9pm show which is when things started to feel surreal. The doors opened at 8:30pm and suddenly the lobby was full of snowboarders, friends, fans, and loving supporters. Everyone from Whistler locals Jody Wachniak, Derek Molinski, and E-man Anderson… to women’s snowboard movie pioneer Leanne Pelosi… to Vancouver snowboarders (who don’t make the trek to Whistler for nothing) Tj Koskela, Nic Herenga, and Matt Heneghan… to legend KRUSH of Snowboy Productions… and so many more who made it out for the show.
I took it upon myself to take over the microphone for the second show to give away prizes from Salmon Arms, 686, and Velvet Underground. Only one of the prizes was a victim to spilt wine.
The movie played, the audio was hard to hear over the cheering and heckling. It ended with a standing ovation from the full theatre. We popped bottles of champagne, autographed posters, chests, t-shirts, and faces. We posed for photos, mingled at the theatre for a while longer, then made our way to the after-party at Garfinkel’s night club. Things get a little hazy here for me, but the night ended dramatically with Kennedi getting DECKED in the face. That joke was demanding to be told, but in all seriousness, Kennedi was assaulted in a club by multiple grown men and it was absolutely not funny. She's okay, but will be looking very tough with two black eyes for the rest of the stops. Not a nice end to our amazing night, and not my story to tell, but an insane story nonetheless.
All I know is we’re off to an exciting start. Feedback from the movie has been extremely positive. One reviewer even claimed "most progressive female riding to date." If the rest of our tour is even half as successful and 100% less violent we'll be stoked. Catch us at one of our next stops!