The screening was at 8:45PM. I couldn't get an accurate answer from any of the volunteers with regard to capacity of the theatre, but I'd estimate about 20 rows with about 20 seats across. The theatre had to bring in extra folding chairs to accommodate the people with passes (e.g. industry, press, special guests, film makers) and ticket holders interested in the movie.
As I watched the movie and journeyed into hip-hop history, I enjoyed the music of the movie. The music is a character in this film (i.e. similar to NYC being a character in the Sex and the City series). Interviews with the band, one-liners from Phife, and footage from the past performances all came together to tell a story and form the "soundtrack". The film's music and imagery complemented the story and led people in the crowd through their own musical, life story (i.e. evidenced by people singing along to "Buddy" and laughing at all the outfits from costumes past).
People rode the wave of the ATCQ's travels and musicology and seemed to relate to the story of the band members. The audience seemed to understand and empathize with the personality conflicts and other issues, just as cousins empathize with the issues that surround brothers and sisters. ATCQ is a family. Families get along well some times and families feud some times. That's life. Life is long and has its ups and downs. Friendships come and go, but family is family and in times of need - families come together.
The overall sentiment at the end of the documentary, appears to be of hope. For those of you that don't know. ATCQ has one more record left on their deal...
Excellent directorial debut. Captivating movie. I didn't want it to end. I hope the story isn't over. Based on the questions and answer session held after the screening, it looks I am not alone... People still love ATCQ, and I think that if they watch the movie ~ people will love that too. Every good story has some laughs, makes you think, and honestly I think I heard a girl crying in the theatre last night... If you like ATCQ, hip-hop, or just enjoy a good human story I recommend you check the movie out.
Here's a link to the release dates: http://www.sonyclassics.com/beatsrhymesandlife/dates.html