Where do you live now?
How old are you?
How old do you act?
That probably depends on who you ask.
What do you really do?
Mostly, I watch boat loads of films. I also book feature films, schedule the festival and oversee hospitality, print management and projection.
Last time you cried at a movie?
I’m not much of a crier, but I think the last film that really shook me was seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70 mm at the Music Box in Chicago. The cinematography and sound design for that film are incredible in their own right, and seeing it on the intended exhibition format totally blew me away.
What do you do when you’re not working in a darkened room?
I’ll admit it’s pretty rare to find me outside of a darkened room, but you’ll find me riding my bike, playing bass or cooking delicious food.
What was your favorite film from last year’s MFF?
The experience of watching Beyond the Black Rainbow in the large house at the Oriental was wonderfully creepy. I had our projectionist Joaquin crank the volume, and combined with the LSD-inspired images, the room felt like it was pulsating. I also adored Everybody in Our Family, which was definitely not seen by enough people.
What film or event are you most excited about for this year’s MFF?
I’m really looking forward to seeing Enter the Dragon on 35 mm. There are virtually no kung fu screenings in the area, so I’m hoping genre fans will come and have fun with it.
What’s your favorite film of all time?
That’s an impossible question for a programmer since I watch hundreds of films every year (and my list is stupidly long). One of my earliest “this film changed my life” experiences happened while watching Alien with my dad when I was maybe 5 or 6. It scared the hell out of me, but I was so fascinated by how the film made me feel that I kept watching as many horror and sci-fi films as I could.
Who is your red-carpet doppelganger?
I’d want to be like Jim Jarmusch, not only because he’s such a great filmmaker, but his hair, style and overall swagger are just so cool.