I and the other Coordinators along with a Member of The Old Pueblo Chapter of APOC worked with the Camino Documentary outreach team to bring and publicize the premiere of “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” to Tucson, Arizona. Kathy, Malvina, Sue and I worked diligently distributing flyers to what seemed like all the local businesses in the city.
We organized and sent out invitations to Chapter members to attend a Happy Hour on the patio of the Loft Cinema prior to the 6 pm premiere of the film. It turned out the patio was packed with members and their friends.
The Premiere day arrived and the four of us were at the theatre by 2 pm to receive our assignments from the Director and her assistant. I was assigned to passing out clipboards throughout the theatre for people to sign up for Documentary updates as well as to assist Scott with the sale of documentary related items.
Kathy would be passing out clipboards on the other side of the theatre. Malvina and Sue would be distributing flyers at the exits of the theatres once the film had ended. The sales table was especially busy with sales so that all of us ended up assisting Scott after the 6 pm showing.
Lydia B. Smith, the Producer/Director of the documentary conducted a Q&A after both premiere showings. She spoke highly of the Old Pueblo Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino, and thanks to her and the documentary the Chapter has several new members.
Lydia also arranged with the Manager of the Loft Cinema for Kathy and I to perform a Scallop Shell Ceremony on stage for two members who are leaving for the Camino shortly. Member Brett Martin, Chi Alpha Campus Pastor at the University of Arizona, read the Pilgrim’s Blessing at the ceremony.
The documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” embarks on a journey with six strangers from around the world as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot – with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.
If you get a chance to see this Documentary, please do. It just may help you understand this uncontrollable “desire and need” I have to return to the Camino time after time.