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Saturday, May 10, 2014

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS - "DEMAND OUR STARS" NASHVILLE EVENT RECAP

Picture Courtesy of Lauren Thoman @LaurenTHCW

Several weeks ago a contest began on Tumblr allowing fans of the wildly popular John Green novel THE FAULT IN OUR STARS to vote for their state to get one of only four visits from the author and the stars of the movie by the same name: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff.

Picture Courtesy of Lauren Thoman @LaurenTHCW

As the contest entered its final few days Tennessee was nowhere to be found, but then, in the last day of the contest Tennesseans stepped up big time and helped us get one of the events. (Way to go Tennessee!)

I know. Awesome. Right?


On Thursday, May 1st I was contacted by the movie studio and asked to host the event. This was pretty much my reaction:

Pretty sure that was the fastest "YES" in the history of ever.
 
Actually, it was more like this:

Yep. I channeled my inner Katy Perry.
 
 
Then there were several moments of FREAK OUT as I realized we had less than a week to get ready for the event. I may or may not have looked like this a few times:

Somebody needs a chill pill.
 
Finally, after many hours of hard work it was time for the event. We found out early Thursday morning that people had started lining up on the steps of War Memorial Auditorium at midnight for the 7PM event. Holy cow!
 
The midnight crew. That dude may be the best dad ever.
Picture Courtesy of Mary Blair @wmarocks
 
I arrived on site at about 4PM and was greeted by several thousand TFIOS fans happily waiting for their chance to get inside the event or meet their TFIOS heroes on the red carpet. Everybody was great! They all were living by the DFTBA code:


DON'T FORGET TO BE AWESOME!
 
I have never seen such a large crowd be so awesome. It was so much fun to talk to all of the people that had driven for hours, stood in line all day long and still had smiles on their faces. Nerdfighters truly are made of awesomesauce.

 



Nerdfighters. Awesomesauce. See, I told you so.
Photo Courtesy of Clint Redwine @ClintRedwine
 
I had the privilege of hosting the event with a good friend of, and fellow YouTuber with John Green, Evelina Barry. We spent most of our time before the event out in the crowd talking to the fans, but we did have time for one pic together.
 

In case you suffer from an affliction similar to Isaac, Evelina is the one on the right.
Photo Courtesy of Clint Redwine @ClintRedwine
 
Soon after this pic was taken, it was time for the doors to War Memorial Auditorium to open. The crowd was sooooooo excited, but even so, they were still awesome to each other.
 

Fault Fanatics waiting for the doors to open...and being awesome.
Photo Courtesy of Clint Redwine @ClintRedwine
 
Once the doors opened, 1,900 uber fans were allowed entry into War Memorial Auditorium for the main event. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough room to fit everyone in, but the ones that didn't get in still got a treat by being able to hang out at the red carpet and get autographs from their favorite author and movie stars.

The red carpet and the Capitol...only in Nashville. #Awesome
Photo Courtesy of Lauren Thoman @LaurenTHCW
 
 



John Green signing autographs on the red carpet.
Photo Courtesy of Lauren Thoman @LaurenTHCW
 
 
And the stars looked incredible...

Shailene Woodley
Photo Courtesy of Lauren Thoman @LaurenTHCW
 
Ansel Elgort
Photo Courtesy of Lauren Thoman @LaurenTHCW

Nat Wolff
Photo Courtesy of Lauren Thoman @LaurenTHCW

The TFIOS Peeps
Photo Courtesy of Lauren Thoman @LaurenTHCW
 
 
Meanwhile, inside War Memorial, Evelina and I were getting the crowd worked up into a frenzy...and taking selfies.

This time Evelina is on the left.
Photo Courtesy of Clint Redwine @ClintRedwine
 
We all know that Nashville is a special place and special things happen here. This night was no different. Because it's Music City, we had to have some live music, and that was provided by TFIOS star Nat Wolff and his brother Alex.


I snuck my camera between the backstage curtains for this shot.
Photo Courtesy of Clint Redwine @ClintRedwine
 
Of course there is crowd video of their performance...
 


Video Courtesy of karlamademedothis

During their performance Evelina and I were backstage with John, Shailene and Ansel. They had never seen Nat play before and they REALLY wanted to. But, they couldn't just walk out on stage, so they did the next best thing. They laid on the ground and watched under the stage curtain.

Of course I took a pic...

John and Shailene watching Nat and Alex from backstage
Photo Courtesy of Clint Redwine @ClintRedwine

After Nat and Alex Wolff played, the crowd was treated to 10 minutes of the movie not seen before.

John Green came out to the stage to thunderous screams, cheers and applause to introduce the sneak peek. He was classy and funny as always.



Video Courtesy of Kristen Stuard @lil_Kstu

That was a really special moment, even though the crowd only heard about half of it because they spent the other half screaming with joy. They were all so excited to get the exclusive look. Unfortunately, you can't see what they saw, but here is a link to the trailer to give you a little taste of all the feels they had.

Most of the crowd looked like this during the sneak peek...

1900 Happy Elves
 
But there were some scenes that made them all look like this...

1900 Ugly Cries
 
And, of course there were scenes that made the crowd look like this...

1800 "Marry me, Ansel" (There were about 100 guys there).
 
After the sneak peek, it was time for the stars to make their apperance and do a question and answer session with the audience. Evelina and I took the stage and began to bring out the four stars of the evening.
 
I am not exaggerating when I say that, at the moment I introduced Ansel, it was the loudest sound I have ever heard. It was so loud you almost couldn't hear it. You just felt the pressure on your ears.
 
Here's a video of that moment...

 


Video courtesy of Kristen Stuard @lil_Kstu
 
 

Once the Q and A got going this happened. Yes, dear reader. This. Happened.


Ansel Elgort dances while Nat Wolff throws down a beat
Video courtesy of Carrie Germain
 
Finally, the Q and A session wrapped up and it was time to go. That meant there was only one thing left to do. We did a full crowd "Okay? Okay." It was a beautiful moment.
 
 



Okay? Okay!
Video Courtesy of Kristen Stuard @lil_Kstu
 
As I left the auditorium that night, I walked to my car parked several blocks away and even 45 minutes after the event had ended I could still hear the screams of hundreds of TFIOS fans echoing through the streets of downtown Nashville.
 
It was truly an epic night. A night that, for many of the fans there, will be one of the best nights of their lives. It was a night that they could count as a perfect little infinity, their own little forever, in their own greater infinity.
 
The next morning, John, Shailene, Ansel and Nat were all gracious enough to wake up early and come into Mix 92.9 so we could do an interview with them all.
 
You can hear that whole interview here. It was a blast! They are such a fun bunch. And they even took the time to take a pic with us after the interview even though they had a crazy busy day.
 
The Mix 92.9 Crew and the TFIOS Crew
Photo Courtesy of Clint Redwine @ClintRedwine
 
All in all it was an incredibly awesome two days with John, Shailene, Ansel and Nat. It was a wonderful little infinity, and I hope someday I will be able to work with them again.



5 comments:

  1. This looks amazing Clint. Great job all around.

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  2. What an incredible event and how very wonderful of you to share so much of it with us. Thank you very much, almost felt like I could have a bit of a taste of the excitement here :)

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! It was a very exciting evening.

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  3. Ha, love your GIFs in your post.

    I'm a Detroit movie blogger who happened to be in Nashville that weekend and snagged media tix too! I was so excited. Here's my recap if you're interested: http://www.yesnofilms.com/2014/05/yesno-films-on-road-fault-in-our-stars.html

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    1. Thanks! Love the pics in your recap!

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