Cian was picked up at Muscle Shoals Regional Airport and expected to be taken directly to his hotel, but instead he was taken to where all our celebrity guests were enjoying dinner. It was a great meeting of a super fan and the subjects of his adoration. The weekend held many more opportunities for our new friend from Ireland, including a drive across town in a time machine. And we all really hated to see him get on that plane once the festival was over.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the million little things it takes to put this event on, but then we meet someone like Cian and remember that neither filmmakers nor film festivals would have much reason to do their thing if it weren't for film fans and super fans!