One of my favourite things about this ocean-side city is its lack of pretense. Last night, movie moguls Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz hosted the Vancouver premiere of The X Files: I Want to Believe with a red carpet event at the Scotiabank Theater. As an adjective, “humble” doesn’t do the event justice. And that, to me, is a tremendous achievement.
You can find the full report that I filed for Playback Magazine at http://www.playbackonline.ca/. It was the most pleasant red carpet experience I’ve ever had. Kudos to PR man Phil Parks for keeping things running like a Swiss watch.
Carter and Spotnitz took lots of time to pose for fan photos, signing autographs and answering reporters' questions. There were teens wearing T-shirts sporting the slogans: The Truth is Out There and I Want to Believe who claim they’ve been fans since their were toddlers. The duo made time for each fan.
The event was as close to homespun as a debut gets. There were no big stars on hand; lead David Duchovny was in New York City to tape an appearance on Letterman, and co-star Gillian Anderson, expecting her third child, was unable to make the premiere. Instead local supporting players like Fagin Woodcock, Marco Niccoli, Babz Chula and Alex Diakun milled with fans near on the red carpet. Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan presented Carter with a proclamation declaring the date (July 24, 2008) X-Files Day in Vancouver. Mutual appreciation and thanks were offered all around.
Doubtless the next installment of the sci-fi juggernaut lands Carter a key to city. After all, Vancouver's far from alien to him. Yep, bada bing.