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I wrote a story this week about a group of church members who took it upon themselves to buy enough advanced tickets to ensure a movie would be coming to our local theater.
Brad Ferguson at New Beginnings Community Church rallied his congregation as well as leaders from other churches in the area to bring “Fireproof,” a Christian drama, to Coastal Stadium in Shallotte.
“We have a good number of tickets we can distribute around the community to other churches that didn’t put up money up front,” Ferguson said.
The movie’s theme is rescuing marriage by putting the other person ahead of your own needs—showing love the way God shows it. Ferguson and other church officials say they hope the message helps some people in the community.
The theater’s general manager said turnout for the show will affect the types of movies the theater receives in the future. Really? That started me thinking.
I applaud this effort as an outreach to the community, of course, but also as a lesson in ingenuity.
If public outcry can bring this movie to Shallotte, why not others?
Can we all get out and sell enough tickets to get “Casablanca,” “Citizen Kane,” “La Dolce Vida,” “Gone With the Wind,” and “Lawrence of Arabia”?
I think it can be done.
I don’t know about everyone’s better half, but mine would stand in line to see “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on the big screen, especially if it was on a double bill with “Caddyshack.”
Thinking a little more long-term, maybe if we all stopped going to mediocre movies because we didn’t have anything else to do and started demanding quality, eventually, the studios would have to start listening.
So how about the local bookstores? Can we all go in together and demand more Agatha Christie or Edgar Allan Poe or Sylvia Plath? Call me an optimist, but why not?
Don’t just sit in front of “American Idol” because it’s the only thing on TV. Say no to the 1,500th season of “ER.”
It’s worked before.
Back in the heyday of the show “The French Chef,” everyone’s favorite cook Julia Child urged housewives to go to their markets and ask the managers to start stocking certain food items, and, you know what? It made a difference.
The local markets started actually stocking more gourmet-style foods and better cuts of meat, just because Julia Child rallied the womenfolk in America.
Want some blue cheese from France? It doesn’t hurt to ask.
Instead of complaining so much about the world around us, why not actually do something about it?
Sometimes we tend to trudge along with our day-to-day lives, accepting what’s given to us. Let’s shake things up a little bit. Ask for something rather than taking what you’re given.
I say we can have some positive affect on the world we live in just by speaking our minds a little more.
sarah shew wilson is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email@example.com.