As many of you know, our company decided to begin following Scotty Smiley on his journey to becoming an Ironman last March. But what some of you didn’t know is that last week we premiered our first documentary, Beat Feet: Scotty Smiley’s Blind Journey to the Ironman, to a packed house at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, Washington. We had 550 people join us for the first private screening of the film. The most popular question of the night was “When can we see it again?” The answer to that depends on where you live. However, our goal is to have it available to people all over the world as soon as possible.
The evening featured appetizers by Black Tie Catering, craft beers by River City Brewing, photos by our own Patrick and Jacob, and impeccable hosting by the Bing Theater staff.
Showing several months of intense work is a bag of mixed feelings. Proud, nervous, excited, anticipation, crazy, whirlwind, fulfilling, and relief are all words that describe how the SkEye team felt before, during, and after that evening.
This documentary has found a home in our hearts and the hearts of many who have had the opportunity to see it. You can’t help but feel inspired by Scotty and Andy’s accomplishment and the unwavering support of their friends and family. Finding the strength to “beat feet” and to go the extra mile is a challenge that has energized us, individually and as a team. It is evidenced in the long hours spent organizing footage, meticulously melding sound to shots and antagonizing over crafting Scotty’s story into something that resonates with many.
Beat Feet is a not-for-profit project. Rather, it was the fulfillment of a dream and the start of what we hope to be a long-standing tradition of telling stories that inspire and speak to the soul. The evening of the premiere, we raised over $6,000 alone. We are still accepting donations that will fund the post-production and additional screenings of the documentary. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Beat Feet Foundation, the sponsor of this project. Online donations are possible through the crowd-funding platform, Generosity. We also check our mailbox regularly and love finding checks!