Today is the big day! Our U.S. premiere for “Project Home: The Next Battle” is happening. I’m nervous, excited, and wanting to accomplish all the tasks in front of me today for a smooth showing.

Canines for Service got to set up shop at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival around noon. Festival attendees were able to get info about the organization and, of course, meet the real celebrities.

We arrived all decked-out around half an hour before our block began. It was great getting to meet new colleagues, and also to connect with some of the folks at Canines for Service that we have not seen since filming with them nearly a year ago. It’s hard to believe it has been that long! Most of the dogs, and even some of the trainers, have moved on since we were last at their facility back in July 2017. Check out our Facebook page in the live videos section to meet the new service dogs in training!

Our film was the last in a block of five shorts. We enjoyed getting to see the work of other filmmakers, and we were the only documentary in our block. I have to say that a lot of thoughts went through my mind as our project played on the big screen.

First of all, it’s kind of a scary feeling. A big screen and big speakers are quite unforgiving. Everything you did, good or bad, is amplified. And in an auditorium of people, mostly strangers, are all there to see and critique. But in the same air as this fear are also some of the most rewarding feelings I have ever had. I heard laughter, sniffling, “ooh”s, and “ah”s as our audience met the characters and watched their stories unfold. It’s hard to describe what it feels like to present something that a room full of people that don’t know each other are connecting with and being moved by, but it is something that I feel I want to experience for the rest of my life.

We went for a celebratory walk near the water of downtown Wilmington after the screening. It was absolutely perfect weather. Our crew consisted of our director of photography, Ali; his wife, my parents, and my friend who all made the trek from two different states to be there for our big night. Selfie game strong.

Lastly, we just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us in our new endeavor at the Click & Pledge Foundation to tell the untold stories of our causes and the people they reach. We believe the future looks bright, and we believe this is only the beginning. Much love!