The Faces of Film- Patrick Wodzinski

Hometown Iron River, Mich. Where do you live now? Riverwest How old are you? 30 How old do you act? I don’t know. What do you really do? I make sure the films get on the screen. Last time you cried at a movie? About four years ago watching Field of Dreams while my girlfriend was asleep next to me. What do you do when you’re not working in a darkened room? I’m riding my bike to the next darkened room. What was your favorite film from last year’s MFF? Sans Soleil What film or event are you most excited…

The Faces of Film- Milan Zori

Hometown Steubenville, Ohio Where do you live now? Bay View How old are you? 35 How old do you act? Somewhere between 5 and 35. What do you really do? Whatever Blyth tells me to. I was hired mostly to write and have ideas. Turns out I can do some other things, also. Last time you cried at a movie? Last time I got choked up at a movie theater was towards the end of Beginners, because (spoiler alert) suddenly, I realized that I might one day lose my father, too, and that seems like the worst thing ever. What…

The Faces of Film- Kristopher Pollard

Hometown St. Louis Where do you live now? East Side How old are you? 38 How old do you act? Not 38 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…

The Faces of Film- Kristen Coates

Hometown Newtown, Conn. Where do you live now? Milwaukee How old are you? 30 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…

The Faces of Film- Anna Sampers

Hometown Elkhorn Where do you live now? Milwaukee How old are you? 27 How old do you act? My shoe size: 9.5. What do you really do? Write grants, fulfill sponsor benefits and program the Shorter is Better section of the film festival. Last time you cried at a movie? The most up-to-date answer would probably be “yesterday,” but as of writing this it was ugly crying through the entire Bully documentary. And I mean ugly. What do you do when you’re not working in a darkened room?  Play the drums, watch reality TV, drink beer, make movies. What was…

The Faces of Film- Cara Ogburn

Hometown Seattle Where do you live now? Bay View How old are you? 33 How old do you act? As old as the people around me. Unless I’m the teacher/adult in the situation. Then I act 30-something. What do you really do? Organize all things education: booking films for Rated K: For Kids, planning education screenings, panels, our Conversations series, the Milwaukee Youth Show, filmmaking workshops for kids, etc. Last time you cried at a movie? Oh, I don’t do that. What do you do when you’re not working in a darkened room? Teach writing at MIAD, work on my…

The Faces of Film- Angela Catalano

Hometown Milwaukee Where do you live now? Milwaukee How old are you? 28 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…

The Faces of Film- Blyth Meier

Hometown Grand Forks, N.D. Where do you live now? Riverwest How old are you? 42 How old do you act? 12 What do you really do? Make things look pretty and words sound smart. Make you want us real, real bad. Last time you cried at a movie? Not sure last, but best cry was Emma’s Bliss. What do you do when you’re not working in a darkened room? This time of year, it’s work/eat/run/beer/sleep.  What was your favorite film from last year’s MFF? Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God What film or event are you most…

The Faces of Film- Benjamin Brennan Gunning

Hometown North East, Md. Where do you live now? Downtown How old are you?  29 How old do you act? I’ve been an old man since the day I was born. What do you really do? I get to work with our partners to make sure the organization has the resources it needs to thrive. Ultimately I’m responsible for securing all donations: corporate sponsorships, foundation grants, government grants, individual contributions, and our membership program. I’m also responsible for fundraising events – such as our Opening Night Party’s VIP event. In addition to directly soliciting gifts, I also manage our development…

The Faces of Film- Kyle Heller

Hometown Wauwatosa Where do you live now? Wauwatosa How old are you? 31 How old do you act? 74 What do you really do? Manage the finance and operations of the film festival including box office and theatre operations. Last time you cried at a movie? My Favorite Picture of You, a short film I saw at True/False Film Festival. What do you do when you’re not working in a darkened room? Play video games in a darker room. What was your favorite film from last year’s MFF? Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry What film or event are you most excited…