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October 2013

News and pop quizzes from your American Film Institute.

  • 10.31.13: SCARIEST FILM SURVEY RESULTS

    It is an annual tradition – the undying debate over cinema’s scariest installments, exhumed each year by audiences craving the chilling comforts of a terrifying tale well told. To commemorate this unofficial scream-season, we invited you – our fearless readers – into the darkest corners of American film’s history of horror, to help us determine which wicked cinematic creation is truly the scariest. Now, as the proverbial clock strikes midnight and Halloween is at last upon us, we pull back the shroud to reveal the final results of October’s reader survey…

    Into the moonlight steps William Friedkin’s THE EXORCIST, ranked #1 by garnering a monstrous 38% of the vote with its supernatural story of demonic possession. THE SHINING and PSYCHO loom large as readers’ second and third picks – proving, perhaps, that the mazes of madness can be as unsettling and upsetting as even the most macabre movie monsters. Happy Halloween, film fans!

  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color are the twins' dresses in THE SHINING?

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Let's go to Paris. I want to rob!"

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Emma Watson speaks these words as Nicki in the 2013 screenplay by Sofia Coppola and Nancy Jo Sales.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE BLING RING. Emma Watson speaks these words as Nicki in the 2013 screenplay by Sofia Coppola and Nancy Jo Sales.

     

  • 10.29.13: IT'S WINONA RYDER'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What is the setting of the film GIRL, INTERRUPTED?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She plays Susanna Kaysen whose book about her 18-month stay in a mental hospital was the basis for the film.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is a mental hospital. She plays Susanna Kaysen whose book about her 18-month stay in a mental hospital was the basis for the film.

     

  • 10.28.13: IT'S JULIA ROBERTS' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What is the profession of Julia Roberts' character Anna Scott in NOTTING HILL?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The London bookshop owner she falls in love with is played by Hugh Grant.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is movie star. The London bookshop owner she falls in love with is played by Hugh Grant.

     

  • WHATSISNAME?

    Humphrey Bogart’s private eye character in THE BIG SLEEP is named:

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! His co-star Lauren Bacall played Vivian Rutledge.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Philip Marlowe. His co-star Lauren Bacall played Vivian Rutledge.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Diane Lane plays Vera Cicero, a gangster’s moll, in the 1984 film from director Francis Ford Coppola.

     

  • THREE-FILM MONTE

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  • 10.24.13: IT'S KEVIN KLINE'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What does Kline's character from CONSENTING ADULTS have in common with the tiger from LIFE OF PI?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Kline co-starred with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Kevin Spacey in the 1992 thriller.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is that they are both named Richard Parker. Kline co-starred with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Kevin Spacey in the 1992 thriller.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "I'm going crazy. I'm standing here solidly on my own two hands and going crazy."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Katharine Hepburn speaks these lines as Tracy Lord in the 1940 screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart based on the play by Philip Barry.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE PHILADEPHIA STORY. Katharine Hepburn speaks these lines as Tracy Lord in the 1940 screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart based on the play by Philip Barry.

     

  • 10.22.13: IT'S JEFF GOLDBLUM'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    "If there’s one thing the history of evolution has taught us," says Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm in JURASSIC PARK, "it's that life will not be –" Will not be what? Complete the sentence.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He goes on to make the point that "life...finds a way" to a scientist at the park.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is "contained." Goldblum goes on to make the point that "life...finds a way" to a scientist at the park.

     

  • WHATSISNAME?

    Harrison Ford's CIA analyst character in PATRIOT GAMES and CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER is named:

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The character was created by novelist Tom Clancy. John Book and James Marshall were Ford's characters in WITNESS and AIR FORCE ONE, respectively.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Jack Ryan. The character was created by novelist Tom Clancy. John Book and James Marshall were Ford's characters in WITNESS and AIR FORCE ONE, respectively.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Montgomery Clift (1920-1966) plays Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt, a soldier who refuses to box for his company, in the 1953 film based on the James Jones novel.

     

  • 10.19.13: IT'S JOHN LITHGOW'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Who did Lithgow play in KINSEY (2004)?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Lithgow played the devoutly Christian and overbearing Alfred Seguine Kinsey.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Kinsey's father. Lithgow played the devoutly Christian and overbearing Alfred Seguine Kinsey.

     

  • 10.18.13: IT'S PETER BOYLE'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Boyle appeared in four projects (two feature films, one TV movie and one TV series) in which he played characters with the same name, which was also in the title. What was the name?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The films were JOE and CRAZY JOE; the TV movie was TAIL GUNNER JOE; and the TV series was JOE BASH.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Joe. The films were JOE and CRAZY JOE; the TV movie was TAIL GUNNER JOE; and the TV series was JOE BASH.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "You wanna see dry land? You really wanna see it? I'll take you there."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Kevin Costner's Mariner says this to Jean Tripplehorn's Helen in the 1995 screenplay by Peter Rader and David Twohy.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is WATERWORLD. Kevin Costner's Mariner says this to Jean Tripplehorn's Helen in the 1995 screenplay by Peter Rader and David Twohy.

     

  • 10.16.13 WB MUSICALS BOX-SET DVD SWEEPSTAKES: WHICH ONE IS #1?

    We've been celebrating Warner Bros.' 90th Anniversary with contests and sweepstakes all year. The prize for the latest, a Musical Sweepstakes open to AFI members only, is a DVD box set of the following WB musicals: THE JAZZ SINGER (1927); BROADWAY MELODY OF 1929; 42ND STREET (1933); THE GREAT ZIEGFIELD (1936); THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939); YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942); AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951); SHOW BOAT (1951); SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952); SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954); A STAR IS BORN (1954); THE MUSIC MAN (1962); VIVA LAS VEGAS (1964); CAMELOT (1967); WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971); CABARET (1972); THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT (1974); VICTOR, VICTORIA (1983); LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986); and HAIRSPRAY (1988).

    Here's how to play: Name the movie musical from the WB collection that is #1 on the list of AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals. We'll choose two winning members at random from among those who answered correctly. Be sure to e-mail your Musical Sweepstakes entry by 5:00 p.m. PT on October 31 to: [email protected]. Read all the Sweepstakes rules here. Good luck!

  • 10.16.13: IT'S ANGELA LANSBURY'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What was Lansbury's character's relationship to Laurence Harvey's in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! She was born only three years before her screen son.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is mother. She was born only three years before her screen son.

     

  • 10.15.13: IT'S PENNY MARSHALL'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    After directing several episodes of her hit TV show LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, Marshall made her feature film directing debut with which of these movies?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Whoopi Goldberg starred in the 1986 romantic comedy thriller.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is JUMPING JACK FLASH. Whoopi Goldberg starred in the 1986 romantic comedy thriller.

     

  • 10.14.13: IT'S ROGER MOORE'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Before replacing Sean Connery as James Bond, what TV series made Moore a star?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He played Simon Templar, a charming thief who stole from other thieves.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE SAINT. He played Simon Templar, a charming thief who stole from other thieves.

     

  • THREE-FILM MONTE

    Drag the following films into the chronological order of their theatrical release:
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  • 10.12.13: IT'S HUGH JACKMAN'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Before playing Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES, Jackman appeared in a TV movie version of another musical. Name it.

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! He played Curly in the Rogers and Hammerstein classic in 1999.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is OKLAHOMA! He played Curly in the Rogers and Hammerstein classic in 1999.

     

  • WHAT COLOR IS IT?

    What color is Freida Pinto's sari in SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2008)?

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  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "Speaking of horses, I like to play them myself. But I like to see them workout a little first, see if they're front runners or come from behind, find out what their whole card is, what makes them run."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall) says it to Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) in the screenplay by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is THE BIG SLEEP. Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall) says it to Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) in the screenplay by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

    Drag the headshot below into the correct film poster from one of the artist's movies and the name of the artist will appear below.

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    Laura Linney played Jim Carrey's wife Meryl Burbank in the 1998 film.

     

  • 10.8.13: IT'S SIGOURNEY WEAVER'S BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What is the literary name of Ripley's ship in ALIEN (1979)?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The vessel is named for Joseph Conrad's 1904 novel.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Nostromo. The vessel is named for Joseph Conrad's 1904 novel.

     

  • WHATSISNAME?

    John Wayne's cattle-driving character in RED RIVER is named:

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The 1948 film was directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Thomas Dunson. The 1948 film was directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson.

     

  • THREE-FILM MONTE

    Drag the following films into the chronological order of their theatrical release:
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  • 10.5.13: IT’S KATE WINSLET’S BIRTHDAY! LET’S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    Which Shakespeare character did Kate Winslet play in a film the year before she appeared in TITANIC?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! The 1996 film starred and was directed by Kenneth Branagh.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is Ophelia in HAMLET. The 1996 film starred and was directed by Kenneth Branagh.

     

  • JANE FONDA TO RECEIVE AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN 2014

    Jane Fonda was named the 42nd recipient of AFI’s Life Achievement Award today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees.  Fonda will receive the honor at a tribute dinner on June 5, 2014 to be broadcast on TNT and its sister network TCM. “Jane Fonda is American film royalty,” said Stringer. “A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon.”  

    Jane Fonda is part of an American acting dynasty.  Where others would have been defined by their place in the family tree – the daughter of an American screen legend, the wife of a famous director, activist or billionaire broadcaster – it is Fonda herself, an Academy Award®-winning actor of KLUTE (1971) and COMING HOME (1978) and star of more than 40 other films, whose image as an artist and activist eclipses all others.  Her path through the starry firmament of Hollywood and the world beyond has ultimately been determined by the gravitational pull of her own power. 

    Jane Seymour Fonda was born in New York City in 1937 to a socialite, Frances Seymour Brokaw, and an up and coming actor, Henry Fonda.  By the time she was old enough to pursue her own career, Fonda’s father had become a movie icon of American grit and integrity.  At 17, she appeared with her father in a production of “The Country Girl” at the Omaha Community Theatre.  She joined the Actors Studio in 1958, studied with Lee Strasberg and made her screen debut two years later opposite Anthony Perkins in TALL STORY (1960) directed by Joshua Logan

    Fonda’s early screen roles revealed a talent for light comedy in well-crafted adaptations of Broadway plays like PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT (1962), ANY WEDNESDAY (1966) and BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (1967).  Her role in BARBARELLA (1968) established her in pop culture before landing dramatic roles in THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? (1969) and KLUTE.  Her portrayal of prostitute and stalking victim Bree Daniels earned Fonda her first Academy Award®.  Fonda’s stirring performances in COMING HOME, JULIA (1977) and THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979) won praise from the nation’s film critics.

    In the 1980s, Fonda defied expectations by writing “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book” and creating Jane Fonda’s Workout Video,” best-sellers that ignited a national aerobic exercise craze among baby boomers.  In all, Fonda released two dozen fitness videos, six books and 13 audios. 

    Fonda’s acting triumph of the 1980s was the film adaptation of Ernest Thompson’s play, ON GOLDEN POND (1981), in which she appeared with her father – whose performance earned him his only Academy Award® for Best Actor.  Fonda herself was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.  Other major films during this decade were NINE TO FIVE (1980), AGNES OF GOD (1985) and STANLEY AND IRIS (1989), after which she a announced her retirement. 

    Fonda triumphed on the Broadway stage in Moises Kaufman’s “33 Variations” and appeared in such films as MONSTER-IN-LAW (2005), GEORGIA RULE (2007) and PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING (2011).  She currently plays Leona Lansing in the HBO series THE NEWSROOM.

  • MOTHER AND DAUGHTER WILL WALK THE RED CARPET

    Congratulations to Kathy Carroll from Washington, DC, who participated in our Red Carpet Sweepstakes by purchasing a gift AFI membership for her daughter, Rebecca.  Now mother and daughter will walk the red carpet at AFI FEST 2013 and enjoy roundtrip airfare from American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; a two-night stay at The Roosevelt Hotel; and a pair of passes to a gala screening of their choice.

  • 10.4.13: IT’S SUSAN SARANDON’S BIRTHDAY! LET’S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What is Susan Sarandon's character Sally learning to be in the film ATLANTIC CITY?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Sally's new skill will allow her to realize her dream of a glamorous life in Monte Carlo.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is a croupier. Sally's new skill will allow her to realize her dream of a glamorous life in Monte Carlo.

     

  • WHAT'S THAT FROM?

    Name the movie that includes the following dialogue.

    "It is so difficult to make a neat job of killing people with whom one is not on friendly terms."

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Dennis Price shares that epigram as Louis Manzinni who murders his way to a dukedom in the black comedy written by Robert Hamer and John Dighton based on the novel by Roy Horniman.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS. Dennis Price shares that epigram as Louis Manzinni who murders his way to a dukedom in the black comedy written by Robert Hamer and John Dighton based on the novel by Roy Horniman.

     

  • PLACE THE FACE

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    Cathy Moriarty made her screen debut as Vicki La Motta, the boxer's wife, opposite Robert De Niro in RAGING BULL (1981).

     

  • BREAKING NEWS: AFI CONSERVATORY SHOWCASES SCREENWRITERS ON OCT. 8

    Boasting the recent success of director and screenwriter Jenée LaMarque (AFI Class of 2010), whose THE PRETTY ONE starring Zoe Kazan premiered this year, AFI’s 2013 Screenwriting Showcase presents the most recent AFI Conservatory screenwriting graduates in a series of timed pitch sessions of their film and television projects for members of the entertainment community. Screenwriting alumni and industry executives are invited to attend the October 8 event at the Intercontinental Hotel. If you’d like to attend and need more information, please contact Chris Schwartz at 323.856.7722.

  • 10.1.13: IT'S JULIE ANDREWS' BIRTHDAY! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH A SCREEN TEST!

    What was the next film Julie Andrews made after THE SOUND OF MUSIC?

    Please choose an answer!

    Correct! Andrews played Sarah Sherman opposite Paul Newman in Alfred Hitchcock's cold war thriller.

    Incorrect. The correct answer is TORN CURTAIN. Andrews played Sarah Sherman opposite Paul Newman in Alfred Hitchcock's cold war thriller.

     

  • AFI FEST presented by AUDI MAKES PASSES AND DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

    AFI FEST, celebrating its 27th year, is just a month away, taking place November 7–14 in the heart of Hollywood, California, at the newly renovated TCL Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

    Featuring nightly galas, special screenings and filmmaker Q&As, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, with AFI members being the first to reserve tickets. However, only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package will provide reserved seating at the North American Premiere opening night gala of Disney's SAVING MR. BANKS, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, or the World Premiere opening weekend gala of Sony Pictures Classics' FOXCATCHER, starring Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes – which can include access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now.

    Remember, AFI members at the Two-Star level and higher receive a 10% discount on all Patron Packages and Passes. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Click here to find the pass that is right for you or here to upgrade your membership!

  • AFI FEST presented by AUDI OFFERS ON-LINE REGISTRATION 2013

    Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to all AFI members on Monday, October 28 for a 48-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on October 30.

    Because of the high demand, AFI will once again stage an online registration process to assign timeslots for attendees to select tickets. The registration process is necessary to help alleviate bottlenecks due to high-volume web traffic. During each timeslot, an equal number of tickets will be made available for all registrants.

    Members will receive a special e-mail in late September with specific details on how the entire process works, including instructions and a link for registration that allows them to select tickets before the general public.

    Here is an outline of key dates to note:

    • Early October – Save-The-Date registration e-mail sent to all registrants, including general public and members/alumni.

    • October 8-18 – Members/Alumni and general public sign-up online to register for a time slot. Members/Alumni are provided with a special sign-up site, the link will be sent via e-mail

    • October 25 – Time slots and instructions e-mailed to all registrants.

    • October 28-29 – Member/Alumni online ticket selection.

    • October 30-Nov 1 – Ticket selection for all other users including the general public.

    Beginning November 2, additional tickets will be released throughout the day, every day through Closing Night of FEST. You can return to the site or box office as often as desired for additional tickets. However, your original order MUST first be picked up from the box office before you order any additional tickets.

    Please note these dates in your calendars and check back to AFI.com/AFIFest for festival updates and announcements. We look forward to "FEST-ing" with you soon!

  • ANNOUNCING “AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM FRIEDKIN”

    The American Film Institute's "An Evening With…" program is an annual event, held to celebrate the careers of influential film artists. Past evenings have honored such Oscar®-winning artists as Ben Kingsley, Eva Marie Saint and Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. 

    This year, from a rich and talented career in documentary and feature film, we are thrilled to announce that Academy Award®-winning director William Friedkin (THE FRENCH CONNECTION) will be joining us on Tuesday, October 22.

    An A-list producer, director and screenwriter Friedkin grew up in Chicago, fell in love with CITIZEN KANE and began making documentaries for WGN-TV straight out of high school. He moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s, directing an episode of THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR before embarking on a film career. The Oscar® nominee for THE EXORCIST brought his unflinching style to films like CRUISING, KILLER JOE, RAMPAGE and TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. His memoir, "The Friedkin Connection," was published earlier this year.

    AFI Premiere Circle members are invited to attend this intimate affair, which includes dinner and a Q&A with our Guest of Honor. Click here to join the Premiere Circle or contact Greg Copeland at [email protected] with any inquiries.

  • 10.1.13: WIDE SHOT (WEB ITEMS THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE)

    Ted Hope, our friend at the San Francisco Film Festival, published this list of 32 Qualities of Better Films in his blog.  See whether you agree with his criteria and, if you like, add some of your own.
    http://letsmakebetterfilms.hopeforfilm.com/2010/11/32-qualities-of-better-film.html

    This tribute to the late film critic Roger Ebert came out a year ago.  Still worth reading… and remembering.
    http://variety.com/2013/film/markets-festivals/the-last-critic-who-mattered-1200599333/

    What happens when the formerly marginalized devotees of comic books and science fiction suddenly find themselves in the forefront of a mainstream cultural trend?  Here’s a piece from Parabasis that explores the paradox of popular geekdom.
    http://parabasis.typepad.com/blog/2012/05/the-fandom-issue-marvelous.html

  • AFI CLOSEUP: DEREK CALL

    We took advantage of a sunny day to pose our 10 questions to Derek Call, Senior Manager of Special Events & Producer of AFI Fest. The interview took place at a picnic table in front of the Manor House on AFI's Hollywood Campus. The man responsible for pulling together all festival operations was characteristically upbeat about L.A.'s largest international film festival, which begins next month.

    1. Where are you from? I grew up in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah, called Sandy, where I went to Alta High School.

    2. Where else did you go to school? I attended Utah Valley University in Provo, Utah, for two years on a music scholarship and studied performance, drama and choir, but then left college and went to New York City to live.

    3. What did you do before you came to AFI? I started working in the box office at the Sundance Film Festival and got hooked on the whole festival world. I discovered that I really, really loved what festivals did, and what their purpose in the landscape of the film world was: They're a unique event where you can get a not-so-big film in front of a huge audience to help the artist get the recognition they deserve and they're fun. So I got on the festival circuit and would do different festivals, and my first at AFI was AFI Fest 2002.

    4. How long have you been at AFI? In 2002, I was a seasonal festival employee. I was brought on full-time in 2005. I was the Operations Coordinator for the festival and worked in the back office here at the Manor House. Then in 2008 – it's a long history with AFI and me! – I took a job doing campus operations for a year. Then I got back on the festival circuit and went to Sundance, did a couple of other festivals and production jobs, before coming back as Festival Producer in 2010.

    5. What do you do at AFI? We're working on the festival year-round, but when it's “down time,” I do some other jobs here at AFI. I am the Senior Manager of Special Events. I'm lucky enough to work on Commencement and the Life Achievement Award show. I've also done a lot of donor and member events like the reception before AFI Night at the Movies last spring. I help a little bit on AFI Awards. But mainly, I oversee all the operations of the festival – from overseeing the budget to hiring approximately 70 temporary seasonal employees. I oversee the box office system and our relationships with our venue managers, and work very closely on the technical aspects for all the screenings. We get 400 volunteers every year, which the festival would not run without, and I work with them. We secure all the theater venues and the Roosevelt Hotel. We also assist with sponsorship activations. If AT&T or Coca Cola wants interaction with our patrons in a specific venue we work closely with them to make that possible, to make sure they're getting the recognition and exposure they deserve as a sponsor.

    6. How does that affect our members? The festival is a great place for members to gather and see amazing films. We're happy to provide an outlet for them to meet afterwards and discuss films they just saw. Another perk the festival gives is a two-day ticket window for members to get tickets before the general public. We also give a discount on festival passes and packages for 2-Star members and above.

    7. What was your best day at AFI? I would say the opening night gala of the festival in 2011, which was J. EDGAR. It was my second year as the Festival Producer, and the team worked really hard on getting our systems in place. From ticketing to crowd flow, everything started on time, the whole red carpet set-up. We nailed that premiere. We really met the standards of AFI's events, and everyone was really, really happy. It was just a great start to that festival.

    8. What are you working on today? We are finalizing what our passes and packages look like for this year. I've been talking with our box office system and we're already working on getting that set up and we'll soon be announcing dates as to when people can log on and get free tickets. We're also in the thick of hiring right now, so a lot of interviews and HR processes.

    9. What don't your colleagues know about you? I was lucky enough to work on the production team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Olympics, which was – next to AFI – my favorite job. It was great to have the Olympics in my home city. That was what really hooked me on production and operations. It was a great experience.

    10. What's your favorite film? It's corny. Call me sappy, but the film LOVE, ACTUALLY is a film I could watch over and over and over again. I especially love watching it during the holiday season. Yes, it's a sappy rom-com, but I love it. It has a special place in my heart.