Avi and the Silver Screen

Thursday night was pretty special.

“Cash Mob For Avi” had its theatrical premiere as part of the Big Apple Film Festival. Avi, Bharati, and Jwala joined us to see the film on the big screen at the world famous Tribeca Cinemas.

It was an honor to have the theatrical premiere of "Cash Mob For Avi" at the Tribeca Cinemas!

It was an honor to have the theatrical premiere of “Cash Mob For Avi” at the Tribeca Cinemas!

As the film began, I grabbed Avi’s hand sitting next to me. Over the next ten minutes, Avi and I got to watch about 130 experience the cash mob journey for the first time. And their reaction was palpable – you could feel a buzz of emotion in the room. As the end credits rolled we got a huge applause, and Avi exclaimed, “You did it!”

After the screening, I was called up to answer some questions about the film. Before I began my answers, I introduced Avi to the room. The crowd gave Avi a warm welcome. The love continued when many people approached Avi to offer good luck or just give him a hug. He was pretty much the biggest celebrity in the theater that night.

Liz does a Q&A after the screening

Liz does a Q&A after the screening

I asked Avi what he thought about the screening. In typical Avi fashion, he started with a humorous answer. Avi joked, “Oh my god! Avi Gandhi looked so gorgeous – I cannot believe it!”

But then he got serious. “I give the credit to you guys. These girls took my story and created a heartwarming story. Whatever it was that I was doing, I’m doing that every day. But you girls came and turned it into a very touching human story – which touches everybody and anybody’s heart.”

Sharing this night with the Gandhi family was truly very special. I think seeing the documentary on the big screen with a big audience made this whole experience a little more real for Avi.

The Gandhi family and Liz.

The Gandhi family and Liz.

 

Here are some more photos from this amazing night: 

 

 

 

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Get Tickets for the Big Apple Film Festival!

The next exciting step for the film is bringing it to the big screen! We got accepted into the Big Apple Film Festival, so we are prepping for our theatrical premiere!
If you are in the New York area, we would love to invite you to come out for the screening. We will find a bar in the area after the screening for some celebratory drinks. And – if you need more incentive – Avi and Bhararti will be at the screening, so you can meet them for yourself.
Official Selection at the 2014 BAFF
Here are the deets:
When: Thursday November 6th
Time: 6PM screening
Where: Tribeca Cinemas – 54 Varick St at Canal St, New York, NY 10013 (Subways 1 at Canal, ACE at Canal)
Tickets: $20
Please RSVP on Facebook so we can get a count for the bar after.

 

‘Cash Mob For Avi’ premieres Weds 10/1

Last Sunday, Avi and Bharati invited us to their home for a barbecue. It was a wonderful evening filled with great stories, and of course, Bharati’s amazing food. At the end of the night, we sat down to show them the final cut of the film. As Avi and Bharati watched the 10 minute documentary about that beautiful day, I kept watching them. At one point I think I saw a glimmer of tears in Avi’s eyes.

Avi and Bharati watching the film for the first time.

Avi and Bharati watching the film for the first time.

At the end, he bolted up and gave me the best and biggest hug. Needless to say, it looks like we got the Avi seal of approval.

So, with that final step checked off, I’m so excited to officially announce we will premiere ‘Cash Mob For Avi’ on Wednesday October 1st.

Check back soon for the film!

– Liz