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The Faces of Film: Kristen Coates
Operations Manager
Newtown, Conn.

Where do you live now?

How old are you?

How old do you act? 
I'd say I act 30 most of the time, but suppose it's a spectrum in any given moment.

What do you really do?
Managing human resources, bookkeeping/accounting, volunteers, ticketing and theatre operations.

Last time you cried at a movie?
Jaws on the beach at the 2012 Festival de Cannes. They had just cleaned up the picture for Blu-ray, and it was absolutely beautiful.

What do you do when you’re not working in a darkened room? 
I'm still relatively new to Milwaukee (I moved here in December 2012), so I love exploring new places.

What was your favorite film from last year’s MFF? 
It was a tie between Bones Brigade: An Autobiography and How to Survive a Plague. Those were two of my favorite documentaries to come out of Sundance last year, and I was so proud that we got to screen them.

What film or event are you most excited about for this year’s MFF?
I'm on the screening committee for our Cinema Hooligante section, and I'm really excited about the films we have found so far. It has been an interesting year for genre films, and I think that's really going to be represented in our selections.

What’s your favorite film of all time? 
If I had answered this a few years ago, I would have said Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound. I saw it as a young child, and it gripped me, opening my mind to the world beyond the blockbuster. However, in 2009, I saw Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds at the Cannes Film Festival, and again I felt gripped. It had a fun story and witty dialogue, but it was the layers of subtly and small details that won my heart. From the numerous references to GW Pabst and Leni Riefenstahl to the presence of Joseph Goebbels and the UFA studio, I just love that it is like a scavenger hunt, with more treasures the further you dig.

Who is your red-carpet doppelganger?
There aren't many redheads out there, so I'd say I was a cross between Amy Redford and Amy Adams.

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