I left on Thursday March 3rd to head off to the
Fargo Film Fest ... which was only two hour drive
As soon as I checked
in I got hold of Dougie by text and he said to meet
him at the Fest around 6:30pm ... so I grabbed some
dinner beforehand. Got to the theater and I was
blown away on how old it was and so beautiful!
Dougie came on time
and we saw each other and hugged. We talked before
we had to go and sit down ... and while we were
talking a guy playing the organ pops up in front
playing ... and Dougie said that they play old black
and white silent films there with the guy playing
the organ! How cool its that!
I was on cloud
nine 'cause I always wanted to sit by Dougie and
watch one of his movies that he was in, and that
night it was two. On the other side of Dougie sat
Zekey and his sister who also drove up to see Dougie
[Ed: Zeke and Anna Hansen.
Puppy Zeke gave Doug his stuffed doggy 'Zekey' over
seven years ago]. They were so nice.
Well, before the
film started they asked Dougie and Mike Flanagan
who directed Absentia to talk about both
The Butterfly Circus and Absentia.
I was thrilled not only to see The Butterfly
Circus on the big screen but was more thrilled
when they were showing Absentia for the
first time at a film fest.
It was a joy to
watch The Butterfly Circus on the screen.
After that ended they started up Absentia
right away and that was a scary movie! Dougie was
laughing when I jumped! The whole cast did a fabulous
job on that film.
was over Dougie said he had to go get ready for
the Q&A., and when it was time he came up from
the bottom of the stage to the top sitting in a
chair ... that was cool also.
Then Mike joined
in on the Q&A after they let Dougie go first.
told me and his two friends to sit tight while he
signed and greeted the fans. I got to talk to Mike
who is a very nice guy, and Itold him that Absentia
was a very well made movie and I jumped a lot! Afterwards
we headed over to the bar that was connected to
the Hotel they where staying at. Dougie, myself
with Zekey and his sister talked until it was time
for them to drive home and Dougie headed to bed,
[so] we said goodnight.
Next day I treated
Dougie to breakfast and I asked him about The
Butterfly Circus movie and will he be playing
his role as 'Otto' ... and he said he is ... I was
happy about that. It was a nice breakfast but we
had to say our goodbyes 'cause he had to head over
to the Moore Head University with Mike Flanagan
to talk and meet with the students there. I hate
goodbyes ... but it was all worth it!
and his Mixie