Meet Jen. She’s one of the many volunteers that help produce the Portland Film Festival. This year with the support of Comcast, we are highlighting volunteer stories leading up to the 2017 edition from October 30th to November 5th.
What’s your first name and where are you from?
Jennifer (or Jen) from Portland, Oregon
How did you hear about the festival?
Through the Portland Film Club MeetUp Group. I found it online at meetup.com/portlandfilm
Why do you volunteer?
First of all, I love film as a filter for storytelling. Volunteering for PDXFF seemed like an opportunity to explore, support and connect with the film community. After three years with the festival, I volunteer because I care about the PDXFF team and the experiences we help create.
If you volunteered with the festival in the past, what was your favorite experience?
There are so many! Last year, I bumped into a cast member and producer in front of the Laurelhurst Theater. They had just arrived in Portland with their film, Some Freaks. They had not checked in to festival HQ or received their festival passes yet. Without giving it much thought as I recognized them, I said: “Hey! You are Some Freaks!” I adored their film and was thrilled to bump into them in person. They could not have been nicer or more gracious. I escorted them to our HQ and set them up with their festival credentials and filmmaker bags. We talked about fun things to explore in Portland and some of the festival events coming up. It’s one of those spontaneously lovely moments that represent the culmination of work that occurs to produce a festival and a film. Some Freaks are a lovely and amazing crew. It’s great to see their film taking off.
Are you a filmmaker? If so, what are you working on now?
I dabble and work on friends’ projects. I love it. Down the road, who knows? I could have a good story in me to tell.
What’s your favorite movie and why?
This is always the most agonizing answer to come up with. I plead the 5th.
What is your least favorite movie and why?
Single White Female– only because it played continuously on a family vacation when I was a teenager. The cable box was broken and it was the only thing we could watch. My cousin had pneumonia and had to rest in bed. We watched it A LOT! (For the record, I adore Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bridget Fonda)
What’s your guilty pleasure or comfort movie?
Recently my comfort movie has been a tie between Moneyball and Interstellar. Classic comfort movie– Superman (1978) or The Empire Strikes Back (So hard to choose just one!)
Where do you read or find out about movies?
Mostly online via film sources and film festivals Facebook pages that link to articles.
Where do you like to watch movies?
Depends on the movie, but nothing beats a movie theater.
What’s your favorite theater in Portland?
That’s easy—the Laurelhurst Theater!
If you could cast your dream movie, what genre, cast and who would direct?
– Genre: Drama/Comedy
– Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Michael Kenneth Williams, Sarah Paulson, Gene Hackman, Javier Bardem, Michael Shannon, Eva Green and Bill Murray
– Directed by: Wes Anderson & Sofia Coppola
If you could bring three things to a deserted island what would you bring?