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"Rise" review - Did it rise to your expectations?

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by jlai, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    Awww....you truly have heart, nubka. :cool: Glad that there are other uncouth spectators out there. Send a few over to DC, please.
  2. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Exactly. It was as though they thought they needed another guy up there, and Brian was the only other Gold medalist, so they thought that was good. But he just seemed out of place there to me.
  3. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    I am confounded by this statement. Part of consuming a movie is having an opinion on it, IMO.
  4. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    Um, all consumers impose their views on products of all kinds including films-that's the nature of the beast in the business of supply, and demand. A movie is a product-some tank, others soar to billion dollar heights-sales are partly based on opinions. Word of mouth, etc.

    I was confounded myself. :confused:
  5. BackOnTheIce

    BackOnTheIce New Member

    Tim Woods = Tim WOOD

    The skaters that have not been paid attention to in the telling of this tragic and very moving part of our history are(and all a very important part of the rebuilding - a lot of talent and many went on to coach):

    Men = 62 to 66
    Monty Hoyt
    Scott Allen
    David Edwards
    James Short
    Thomas Litz
    Gary Visconti
    Billy Chapel T
    Tim Wood
    John Misha Petkevich

    Ladiies= 62 to 66
    Christina Haigler
    Karen Howland
    Albertina Noyes

    Pairs= 62 to 66
    Dorothyann Nelson / Pieter Kollen
    Judianne Fotheringill / Jerry Fotheringill
    Vivian Joseph / Ronald Joseph J
    Janet Browning / Jim Browning
    Patti Gustafson / Pieter Kollen
    Cynthia Kauffman / Ronald Kauffman
    Joanne Heckart / Gary Clark Barbara Yaggi / Gene Floyd
    Susan Behrens / Roy Wagelein
    Page Paulsen / Larry Duisch

    Dance= 62 to 66
    Yvonne Littlefield / Peter Betts
    Dorothyann Nelson / Pieter Kollen
    Lorna Dyer / King Cole
    Rosemary McEvoy / Ralph Owen
    Sally Schantz / Stanley Urban
    Darlene Streich / Charles Fetter
    Carole MacSween / Robert Munz
    Kristin Fortune / Dennis Sveum
    Susan Urban / Stanley Urban
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  6. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    The skaters in bold were both featured/interviewed in the movie. And I'm sure many of the others were interviewed and were left out due to time. It happens with every editing process.

    The USFSA sent an e-mail last night to members about Rise, mentioning (among other things) that the DVD will contain "much more than the film could include". Apparently, they've gotten feedback from people wanting to hear more about the other team members.
  7. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Christine Haigler is better known today as Christy Krall (coach of Patrick Chan): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Haigler

    Excerpt from USFS' mass email, signed by Pat St. Peter (USFS President) and David Raith (USFS Exceutive Director):
  8. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    It's good to know all of the additional information.
    I'n glad to hear more about the DVD; there's much to anticipate.
  9. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  10. jlai

    jlai Title-less

    Oh shoot, I won't be able to make it tonight. Should have gone last time! :(
  11. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    I can't make it tonight either:( but so glad I saw the premiere!

    Can't wait for the dvd. :cool:
  12. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    I think I saw Garden Kitty in Rise - at a table. I also thought I saw Melissa Bulanhagui behind Peter when he was interviewing the young girl with the Rise pin.

    I liked the film part a lot. I thought that Dorothy, Scott, Brian, Peggy, and Michelle did a great job of relating their skating experiences to those on the 1961 team during the film portion. There were a lot of families on the plane so I understand the impulse to spend more time talking about family influence on skating and what skating meant to the rest of the skaters' lives. But instead of the couch interviews, I would have liked to see more discussion of how USFS got through 1962 to 1964 to winning a gold in 1968 - they started it with Barbara Roles and Peggy picked it up when she was discussing Carlo Fassi, but I would have liked to have seen it continue with more skating footage. Maybe it is on the DVD.

    I could have skipped the red (blue) carpet and um, Vera, um Wang.

    I also hoped that the section on the special Evan performance in Greensboro was going to identify the skaters who performed with Evan.
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  13. DreamSkates

    DreamSkates Well-Known Member

    In my city, the first showing filled up 4 rooms in one theater. I was so glad there was an encore. I thought it was a great documentary, and gave me a greater appreciation for those who went before, and the connection current skaters have to those who lost their lives. They truly have risen from the ashes and brought new life to Figure Skating in the US.
  14. Kwantumleap

    Kwantumleap Well-Known Member

    I went to see it tonight. I don't know what it was like watching it live, but I felt like it was weird watching all the before and after segments. I left before Evan skated his special exhibition. It just got really redundant. I normally enjoy historical footage and retrsospects, but I would have prefered to have seen a bit more of the actual performances, a little less of the photo montages. Of what we did get to see, I appreciated getting to see rare footage of skaters. I had not seen much of Laurence (sp?) Owen or the others. She was a jewel. Hayes Jenkins was an amazing skater. I appreciated the history, but I actually prefer watching skating on tv or in person. I didn't feel like it came across as well on the big screen and I much prefer the vignette fluff pieces we used to see from ABC :slinkaway

    I was in Boston. It was an ok audience for an encore. I saw Tenley Albright (sp?) in attendance. It was pretty cool.
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  15. FigureSpins

    FigureSpins Well-Known Member

    You're right. Matt Lauer was wrong.

    Less than 20 people at our theater tonight.

    Ron Ludington is hilarious, to not laugh would be a crime. (If you really want to get him wound up, ask him what he thinks about IJS, lol.)
    Serious audience participation: http://www.avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au/documents/Event Guide.pdf

    Just an observation about simulcasts: I read an article about the Met Opera simulcasts some time ago that was fascinating. At some of the theaters, people dress as if they're going to the Opera in person, the theater sells wine and cheese, and the remote audience applauds along with the crowd at the Met. http://www.pressherald.com/archive/a-new-place-for-lovers-of-opera-to-get-their-fix_2009-10-02.html
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2011
  16. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    I went tonight - I know the original screenings in Seattle were sold out, but there were 12 in the audience tonight (although there may have been more at the downtown theater), and half of them left right after the movie/during the panel.

    I thought all the historical stuff was really great. Loved the footage from the '61 Nats! I could have used more in depth info about what it was like for Peggy to have to step up at such a young age, and perhaps more about the other skaters who were left to fill the void. All the stuff with Frank was really lovely.

    I really could have used about 20% less Scott. And while I appreciated Vera Wang's comments - she was there, after all, visually she frightened me :scream:

    I think all the before and after stuff was probably really cool the night it happened - didn't have the same excitement knowing it took place weeks ago. Still, it was nice to see what an EVENT it was.

    Really glad I went :)
  17. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    There were very few at our theater too. Less than 20 I think. And about 6 or 7 left at the end of the Rise piece too.
  18. FigureSpins

    FigureSpins Well-Known Member

    Don't forget to complete the survey and mail in your ticket stubs, if you want the commemorative pin and ticket. www.rise1961.com - click on "Redeem Tickets." Fill out the survey, you can opt out of the Memorial Fund contribution if you'd like, and they'll send you a form by email to mail in with the ticket stub.
  19. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    Anyone know who were the 2 featured skaters in the piece with Evan that was filmed in Greensboro?
  20. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    It is now May and we still haven't received our pins. The option on the site is no longer available so I just sent an email to the person who originally emailed my receipt/confirmation (I had made a donation to the Memorial Fund too).

    My nephews are so disappointed. They're not even huge figure skating fans but they enjoyed the film very much and wanted the mementos. So do I. :(
  21. BittyBug

    BittyBug Dispirited

    They probably should have sent an e-mail letting you know this, but the demand for pins was so great that they ran out and are having to have more made so yours should be on their way shortly.
  22. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    If USFS is out, I have an extra...
  23. harekrishna43

    harekrishna43 Active Member

    I just got mine late last week - it came in a pretty big package. It included a souvenir "ticket", the pin, a magazine printed on very heavy stock and a thank you letter. It also announced the plans to release the DVD in the fall.

    You should get yours soon - I'm sure they had a big backlog.:)
  24. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    I just learned from an assistant over at U.S. Figure Skating that's just what's happened!

    Thank you for your kind offer skatemommy- I very much appreciate the gesture! :)
    I can't wait!

    Thanks guys!

    I'm happy to report that I checked my emails when I got home this evening and found a lovely note from Michelle, the Executive Administrative Assistant for U.S. Figure Skating, and just as you say, there was a back log due to demand-and our pins are on the way. I'm thrilled, and I can't wait to tell my nephews! :D
    Last edited: May 4, 2011
  25. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    My nephews and I finally got our commemorative RISE pins this week! Geez, there must've been a huge demand indeed! I love that it included three special edition movie tickets, and magazine featuring RISE. :)