Meet Dirks. He’s a college student that forgets the names of movies he doesn’t like. He’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?
Dirks. I’m from Portland.
How did you hear about the festival?
I knew a friend of the founder, and it was mentioned to me that I should join the team. I called the founder once a week until he said I could join the team.
Why do you volunteer?
Give back to the community and be around interesting people. Film brings out some fun and unique people and that’s what keeps me coming back.
If you volunteered with the festival in the past, what was your favorite experience? If this is your first year, what has been your favorite experience with the festival thus far?
This year is my second year with the festival and it continues to bring joy to my life. The best part is interacting with filmmakers. It’s always fun telling them about the cool places in Portland, and getting them to experience the city along with the film festival.
What are you looking forward to at this year’s festival?
Watching the films and taking part in the festival activities and workshops.
Are you a filmmaker? If so, what are you working on now?
I’m not, but I love a good story and watch a ton of movies.
What’s your favorite movie and why?
My favorite movie is Hands of Stone. It’s my favorite film because of the mentor/mentee relationship. The film is a success story at the same time as a love story, and the mix between the two is great!
What’s your least favorite movie and why?
I don’t have a least favorite movie. If I don’t like it, I immediately forget about it!
What’s your guilty pleasure or your comfort movie?
Where do you read or find out about movies?
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the internet!
Where do you like to watch movies?
The theater, my house, and on the couch!
What’s your favorite theater in Portland?
Living Room Theater.
If you could cast your dream movie, what genre, cast andwho would direct?
Time period movie. Either 1700s, 1800s or prior to 1970. I would have Alejandro González Iñárritu direct.
If you could bring three things to a deserted island what would you bring?
Joe! Knife! Pen & Paper!
What kind of sandwich would you be?
A subway sandwich.
Stay tuned for more volunteer profiles. Comcast presents the 2017 Portland Film Festival from October 30th to November 5th. Buy passes online at portlandfilm.org.
And if you’d like to join the volunteer team, please email us with your interests. Or meet us in person at one of our upcoming events. Check out our Facebook page for more information.