“Moonlight” devotee Barbara Hamlin of Jacksonville, Fla., was among those who headed to L.A. this past weekend to attend the MoonlightCon 2008 at the Westin Hotel near LAX. Part of the “Moonlight”-mania included a trip to the Warner Bros. lot to see the hallowed ground where the now-canceled show was shot.
Update: Hamlin reports the MoonlightCon’s auction of “Moonlight”-ana items raised $6500 for the Los Angeles Food Bank. Confab also held a blood drive, appropriately enough, that yielded 50 pints of donations to the American Red Cross.
Variety and this blog have been a bit snarky in poking fun at “Moonlight’s” die-hards with a “get a life” tone. But we should never scoff at the kind of passion that smallscreen skeins can generate. Without that kind of fandemonium and earnest appreciation for the medium (which are two different things, admittedly), the TV biz would be bereft indeed, not much different than any other assembly-line product.
Hamlin sent along this appreciation for the kindness shown to her and other fans by the “Moonlight” crew during their bittersweet tour of the show’s set, shortly before the bell tolled for good. The crew members appeared to appreciate the importance of showing a little respect to those who took the time to appreciate their handicraft.
The fans of Moonlight gathered in Los Angeles and had scheduled a Warner Bros tour for Friday, May 23rd. This event was scheduled well ahead of “Vampire Down,” May 14th, the Wednesday when CBS officially canceled Moonlight.
Even when the fans were told by one of the members of Moonlight’s crew that they were instructed to dismantle the set Tuesday, May 20th, they still wanted to go to Warner Bros to at least get a glimpse of the building Moonlight was filmed.
The Moonlight crew knew of the fans arrival date…and here’s the REALLY COOL PART…they did start dismantling the set; however, they waited until that Friday before they began to dismantle Mick St. John’s apartment (glossed by the fans as the Fortress of Style) and Beth Turner’s apartment.
To say shrieks of delight and thunderous applause of appreciation ensued would be an understatement. The Moonlight crew even went so far as to give fans various props as keepsakes of their time on the soundstage of Moonlight.
For their graciousness and generosity of spirit to make an extra effort to help fans of Moonlight have a wonderful experience that they will long remember, WELL DONE and BRAVO!!!