Where do you live now?
How old are you?
How old do you act?
What do you really do?
I'm trying to make sure everyone in the city knows what a great membership program we have.
And I take care of our members the best I can. And our members are phenomenal ¬– I get to hang out with a ton of folks that are just as enthusiastic as I am about the festival and the year-round screenings. Not too shabby.
Last time you cried at a movie?
Not sure the last time. I remember the first time was The Fox and The Hound. Disney movies back then didn't play around, though, I cry at movies at the drop of a hat. I think there were some touch-and-go moments for me in Iron Man 3.
What do you do when you’re not working in a darkened room?
I'm an artist and illustrator. I was lucky enough to be able to do the illustrations for our festival this year. I've done work for Bitch magazine, CNN, as well as The Hotel Foster and Vital Source. I've also shown my work in galleries here in Milwaukee and around the country.
What was your favorite film from last year’s MFF?
Beauty is Embarrassing, a documentary about artist Wayne White. Among many other things, he's known for creating most of the sets and puppets for Pee-wee's Playhouse. He's a favorite of mine, and we were delighted to have him and the director, Neil Berkeley, come to the festival and hang out. It was a lot of fun. And, since my beard is so similar to Wayne's, we took what is now my favorite picture of all time: me and Wayne White smashing our beards together.
What film or event are you most excited about for this year’s MFF?
Our super-secret screening is always a favorite of mine. This film is only for our members and no one knows what the film is going to be until they're sitting in the theater. By this point, our members know they won't be disappointed. We always make sure it's worth the mystery. And I make sure no one tells me what it's going to be either. I'm not great at keeping that secret.
What’s your favorite film of all time?
For the record, that's an impossible question. However, my go-to answer for this is usually Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It's a sweet, colorful and over-the-top film. I'm a die-hard fan of (Wisconsin native) Gene Wilder and this is one of his very best performances.
Who is your red-carpet doppelganger?
I was once called "Extra-Bearded David Cross."