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Olivier Albou

Olivier Albou

Film Producer | International Sales Agent

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Romantic comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Crazy Stupid Love - all that I like in a movie, smart, funny and touching (which I was in) are in the mix.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Jack Nicholson - As good as it gets.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Haagen Dazs ice cream bars milk chocolate almonds

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Groundhog Day

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Ethan Alesch

Ethan Alesch

Filmmaker and Media Designer

Barcelona, Spain

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Avant Garde

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Brazil

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Ben Stiller

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    An American In Paris

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Oscar Arce

Oscar Arce

Filmmaker | Festival Programmer

Sebastopol, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Pride & Prejudice (2005) I'm a sucker for romantic movies, this is a movie that I can watch a lot of times and not get bored at all. Also like book adaptations movies and I remember this being a great adaptation.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    As an older character, Javier Bardem. As a younger character, Tenoch Huerta.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn and sour-sweet gummies

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Little Miss Sunshine

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Susan Atherton

Susan Atherton

Philanthropist | Animal Welfare and Higher Education

San Francisco, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Drama, what else!

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    21 Grams. Sean Penn and Naomi Watts were heartbreaking.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Debra Winger in my younger days, Olivia Colman at this age.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn. With Butter! Is there any other choice!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Some Like it Hot!

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Bob Berg

Bob Berg

Retired | Part Time Photographer | SIFF Board of Directors

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Fantasy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Lawrence of Arabia. Big sweeping photography, action, great story.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Kyle Chandler

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn! Is there anything else?

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    What About Bob?

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Óscar Bernàcer

Óscar Bernàcer

Writer and Director

Valencia, Spain

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Big Lebowski because I'm in love with the whole movie characters. All of them are awesome.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    I don't know, Colin Farrell?

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn and chocolate. Always chocolate.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Man Who Wasn't There.

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Amanda Bevan

Amanda Bevan

Farmer, Mother, Wife and poop scooper.

On a farm with miniature animals and miniature humans in Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    A Rom Com mixed with a little satire and adventure.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Gosh. It is almost impossible to choose one. Going with the first movie that popped into my head it would be the 1983 version of Jane Eyre with Timothy Dalton. My mom and I used to have classic movie nights ever Friday and this movie really struck me. The love story and push and pull of these two protagonists awoke something in me I hadn’t experienced before.. All of my favorite movies are directly connected to a time in my life and connection made during that film. An a-ha moment of sorts.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Maya Rudolph or Marisa Tomei

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Peanut M&M’s

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Pursuit of Happyness. Over the last year it has felt more like Armageddon.

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Gabriel Brandt

Gabriel Brandt

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Bay Area, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Surreal Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Sorry To Bother You. If you've seen it then you know.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Keanu Reeves

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Dark chocolate Raisinets

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Lobster

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Arjan Brentjes

Arjan Brentjes

Director/Writer/Animator

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Surreal Satire

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Apocalypse Now -- proves that if you put adventure in the making, and mix it with quality, you can produce a profound experience.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    A cloned mix of Stan Laurel and James Stewart

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Can I consider beer a snack?

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    You Only Live Twice

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Chris Cahill

Chris Cahill

Residential Designer | SIFF Board of Directors

Napa, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Classic Drama

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    On The Waterfront. Terry Malloy.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Benicio Del Toro

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn, no butter.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Risky Business

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Revell Carpenter

Revell Carpenter

Actress | Filmmaker

New York City

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Romantic action

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Italian Job. Perfect blend of heist thriller, smart comedy, and rom-com.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Elle Fanning

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Very salty, buttery popcorn. And wine from Sonoma Valley ;)

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Not sure if this has to be an existing title....but probably "Work Hard Play Hard."

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Keith Casale

Keith Casale

Adult Beverage Industry CFO | SIFF Board of Directors

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Feature Film

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Pulp Fiction. It was a gritty and brutal for a 1990s era!

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Clooney

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn and Peanut M&Ms

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Accountant

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Emily Charrier

Emily Charrier

Journalist

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Definitely a dramedy - plenty of intrigue but full of laughs.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Almost Famous - It's the movie that made me truly love movies. Beautifully shot, acted, written and directed - it is so watchable.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Since it's always someone younger than the person actually is, I'm going to say Beanie Feldstein.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Raisinettes mixed with popcorn.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Good Night And Good Luck

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Ryan Chingcuangco

Ryan Chingcuangco

Senior Publicist

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Indie

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. A perfect movie.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Dante Basco

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    M&Ms

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Jackass Forever

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Troy Christian

Troy Christian

Director. Editor. Filmmaker.

Sherman Oaks, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Action/Thriller - no drama!

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Tough Question ... Field of Dreams - It was so magical at the time and I grew up playing baseball. But Willy Wonka, Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump (which I was in) are in the mix.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Patrick Swayze would have.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Red Vines. Definitely NOT Twizzlers!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Yeah, I Did THAT Too!!

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Tommy Clarke

Tommy Clarke

Photographer | Director

London | Martinique

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Rom Com

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Love Actually - I can watch it time and time again and not get bored of it.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Tom Hiddleston

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Sweet and Salty Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Into The Wild

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Zanne Clark

Zanne Clark

Photographer/Director

Sonoma, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Documentaries

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    To Kill A Mockingbird

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Who me?????

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Nine To Five

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Lee Coate

Lee Coate

Community Relations Director | Cogir Of Sonoma

Santa Rosa, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Thriller

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Birds – Huge fan of Tippi Hedren

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Michelle Pfeiffer

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Champagne and Chocolate

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Bad Moms

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Sharon Cohn

Sharon Cohn

Breathless Sparkling Wine Marketer/Sister 1 of 3

Sonoma County

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Mostly comedy with a little drama mixed in

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Sooo many...The Sound of Music-I attended with my family-we dressed up and it was a hard lesson on how you see people and they may not have the same freedoms you do in the world...And who doesn't love Julie Andrews!

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Sandra Bullock when she is in her clutsy mood...

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Must have--popcorn and a movie!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Pollyanna..always looking for the bright side:). My mom was much better at it though!

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Paola Cuervo

Paola Cuervo

Producer and Actress

Columbia, South America

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Tragicomedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Life is Beautiful, because if we live the drama of life with love, it becomes a beautiful story.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Natalie Portman

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn and Hot Dog

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Pain And Glory

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Jon Curry

Jon Curry

General Contractor | SIFF Board of Directors Chairman

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    A comedy blanketed by a serious script.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Graduate....music, makes you feel, great writing.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Paul Newman, of course!

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Wine & Whoppers

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Groundhog's Day...haha!

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Angelo Defanti

Angelo Defanti

Filmmaker

São Paulo, Brazil

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    A literary thriller, with no plot twist.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Nashville, real and precise, colorful and musical, and that devastating end...

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Not Brad Pitt

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Nails

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Alien

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Paulino Duran

Paulino Duran

Professional Bliss Chaser:)

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Professional Bliss Chaser:)

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Goonies because it speaks to the childhood imagination and sense of adventure in all of us.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    George Clooney

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Large popcorn extra butter and salt with a side of chocolate M&Ms and a Diet Coke for balance.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    A Walk in the Clouds

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Patty Elkus

Patty Elkus

Global Ocean Advocate

Sonoma, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Film Noir

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Breakfast At Tiffany's - ”nothing bad could happen here”

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Kim Basinger

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Working Girl

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Kim Enzensperger

Kim Enzensperger

Volunteers Director | SIFF

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Film friend

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s; fun, love the writer.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Animal House

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Duskie Estes

Duskie Estes

Chef, Farmer, Rancher

Forestville, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Adventure mixed in with thriller

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Grease - I love belting it out with my horrible voice.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Dory in Finding Nemo

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Rodeo Jax - bacon caramel popcorn - available at www.blackpigmeatco.com and at the screenings of The Kitchenistas during the 2022 festival and Backlot Tent on Friday, March 25!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Fried Green Tomatoes

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Lisa Ehrlich

Lisa Ehrlich

Wine Marketing Consultant

Sebastopol, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    A mix of indie, rom-com, and Hitchcockian suspense.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire because it's haunting, touching, beautiful, and weird. It's a very polarizing film and creates a lot of conversation (my brother hated it!). Not to mention the Peter Falk cameo.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Laura Linney

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Classic movie popcorn with extra butter, salt, and a lot of napkins.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Stranger Than Paradise

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Gabriele Fabbro

Gabriele Fabbro

Director

Burbank, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Musical

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    2001: A Space Odyssey. It's one of those few movies that uses all the most unique and purest cinematic tools to make you feel (not tell) the story.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Probably Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins style (if he was 26 though haha)

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    I don't eat while watching movies... if I have to... Orange Juice.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    8 1/2

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Wendy Fantozzi

Wendy Fantozzi

Winery Compliance Director

Sonoma, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Romantic Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Somewhere In Time. It’s old fashioned and good hearted fantasy.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Julia Roberts

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    I’m Fine

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Winnie Farwell

Winnie Farwell

Retired

Sonoma, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Drama, Adventure, Documentary

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Too many to answer!

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Jamie Lee Curtis

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Never A Dull Moment

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Lissette Feliciano

Lissette Feliciano

Writer | Director | Producer

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Tragicomedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Life Is Beautiful

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Emma Watson

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Nacho

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Erin Brockovich

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Miles Fineburg

Miles Fineburg

Director of Acquisitions and Theatrical Sales

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Sci-Fi/Thriller

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid - two of my all time favorite actors in an endlessly rewatchable, amazing film.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    I mean, no idea but let's go with Kit Harington.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Milk Duds

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Once Upon A Time In The West

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David Freeman

David Freeman

Co-Founder | Sonoma Valley Authors Festival

Kenwood, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Action

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Bullitt

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Steve McQueen

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Ten Commandments

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Ginny Freeman

Ginny Freeman

Co-Founder | Sonoma Valley Authors Festival

Kenwood, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Bohemian Rhapsody--I loved the music, the souls of the band, and the “follow your heart no matter what others tell you” message.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Claire Danes

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Whoppers Malted Milk Balls

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Planes, Trains, And Automobiles

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Renée Frigo

Renée Frigo

Film Producer

Miami, Florida

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Action/Adventure

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Little Miss Sunshine -- a beautiful adventure of love, suffering and determination.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Isabella Rossellini

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Goobers

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Breaking Away

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Melissa Galliani

Melissa Galliani

General Manager Broadcast Media Company

Novato, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Action Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Tombstone. Val Kilmer is great in it, and the lines are memorable.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Wonder Woman

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Galapagos Now

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Nikki Gelardi

Nikki Gelardi

Integrated Marketing Consultant

Bel Marin Keys, Novato, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedrama (Comedy + Drama)

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Big Chill - friends, fun, humor, love and some drama - it has all the feelings

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    BFF of the lead character

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn, of course!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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Daizy Gedeon

Daizy Gedeon

Journalist, Filmmaker and Political Activist

Sydney, Australia

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Documentary

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    To Kill A Mockingbird

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Jennifer Lopez

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Diehard

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Louis Godbout

Louis Godbout

Writer | Director

Montreal, Quebec

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Experimental Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    My ideal self and my real self are still battling over this one...

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    A kind of Jean-Paul Belmondo/Jason Alexander hybrid

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorned butter

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Lost In Translation

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Jill Golden

Jill Golden

Director of Marketing & Communications | SIFF

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Adam's Rib...Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday. A snappy script from Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin; a slapstick battle of the sexes comedy romp!

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Milk Duds inside a bag of salted popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Pan's Labryinth

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Charlotte Hajer

Charlotte Hajer

Executive Director | Sonoma Community Center

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Before I had kids, I might have been something broody and European. But these days, life feels mostly like a screwball comedy.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    I've always loved Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre - the one with Charlotte Gainsbourg. I loved the book and to me, this movie version gets the tone just right.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    I'm told I look like Charlize Theron!

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Anything with chocolate in it...

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Hmm... I'll say Chocolat - as a reminder to slow down and savor life, no matter how chaotic it gets.

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Peter Hansen

Peter Hansen

Teacher | SVHS Media Arts Program

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Coming of Age drama

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The English Patient; Crash

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Atticus Finch

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Beer and Peanuts

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Dead Poet's Society

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Greg Hanss

Greg Hanss

Executive VP of Hospitality | SIFF Board of Directors

Phoenix, Arizona

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Office Space because of its use of extreme characters to make playful fun of work stereotypes.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Bob Saget

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn...of course!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The movie of the Alchemist, yet to be produced

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Alex Harz

Alex Harz

Filmmaker / Adventurer / Motivational Speaker / Mt. Everest Summiteer

Colorado

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Documentary and Dark Comedy :)

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Too hard to say!

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Ryan Reynolds or Christopher Hemsworth

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn...Duhhhh :)

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The March Of The Penguins

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GG Hawkins

GG Hawkins

Writer-Director and Podcast Consultant

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Horror Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Hook! I love it as much now as I did as a kid.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Emma Stone

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Milk Duds in popcorn chased with Diet Coke.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Ingrid Goes West

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Rebecca Halpern

Rebecca Halpern

Writer, Director, Producer

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Romantic comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Godfather - Its themes of succession and family transcend the gangster genre and make the story so relatable. I'm working on a Netflix series about the mob right now, and it's amazing how many people think the Corleone family is real.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Jessica Chastain

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    My husband's popcorn (I usually steal his).

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    As Good As It Gets

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Aaron Hosé

Aaron Hosé

Media producer and filmmaker

Orlando, Florida

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Documentary (or Adventure), because I like to keep things real, I'm very spontaneous, and I love learning about new cultures.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Don't actually have a single one anymore. Over the past few years, I've reignited my interest in 1980s films from my childhood--Karate Kid, Goonies, Top Gun, Predator, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, etc.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Marty McFly from Back to the Future, so I can travel back and forth in time.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Diet Coke and popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Only You, because only we can determine our fate in life.

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Michael Howell

Michael Howell

Executive Director | Devour! The Food Film Fest

Wolfville Nova Scotia Canada

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Contemporary Fantasy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Fanny and Alexander - fantastical, European aesthetic, dramatic

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Paul Bettany

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Twizzlers

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Incredible Journey

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Matt Horstmann

Matt Horstmann

Executive Director at Cogir of Sonoma

CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Shawshank Redemption because it has everything that, in my opinion, makes it watchable over and over and over. The friendship formed between the characters played by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins is one of the best ever!

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Cary Grant

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Sour Patch Kids

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    It's A Wonderful Life

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Kimberly Hughes

Kimberly Hughes

Wine Grape Grower | SIFF Board of Directors

Glen Ellen, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Drama

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    North By Northwest -- the ultimate drama.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    The Portuguese assistant (works for novelist) in LOVE ACTUALLY.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    It's A Wonderful Life

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Ken Jacobson

Ken Jacobson

Film Festival Programmer

Palm Springs, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Documentary

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Pather Panchali by Satyajit Ray. This film captures the wonder, terror and magic of youth like no other, and it is so beautifully and seamlessly made that you don't even feel you are watching a movie.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Congressman Adam Schiff

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Freshly popped popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Some Like It Hot

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Kaspar Jancis

Kaspar Jancis

Director

Estonia

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Animation

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    There are lot of favourites.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Zorro

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    I don’t eat in cinema, i think its rather bad behaviour.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Zorro

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Wamiq Jawaid

Wamiq Jawaid

Producer/Filmmaker/Founder

New York, USA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Documentaries, Action

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Citizen Kane

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Kumail Nanjiani

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Nachos

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Risky Business

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Ingrid Jean-Baptiste

Ingrid Jean-Baptiste

Actor | Producer | Chelsea Film Festival

New York, New York

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Action

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Schindler's List

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    No one really :)

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Wonder Woman

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Sabrina Jurisich

Sabrina Jurisich

Film Commissioner | Film Shasta

Redding, CaliforniaRedding, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Musical | Mystery

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Could not pick just one, but favorites include Sleepless in Seattle, Sweet Home Alabama, and the Notebook...sucker for sweet love stories.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Not sure, someone blonde, short, full of life and a little sassy :)

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn and Raisinets

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    It's A Wonderful Life (also in my top movie list - every life matters and makes a difference to those around us!)

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Nancy Kennedy

Nancy Kennedy

Sponsorship & Development Director | SIFF

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Contemporary World Cinema

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    I don't have a favorite; I am a fan of hundreds of great films.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Oh my...I would have a 'behind the scenes' role doing voice overs.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn, of course. Perhaps with a little truffle salt.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Big Chill

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Hooman Khalili

Hooman Khalili

Radio DJ and Film Maker

Menlo Park, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Religious Drama

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    There Will Be Blood and The Passion of the Christ

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Rami Malek

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Red Vines

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Keeping The Faith

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Kireet Khurana

Kireet Khurana

Filmmaker | Director

Mumbai, India

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Drama / Documentary (social causes)

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    As Good As It Gets. Outstanding writing, great characters and performances. Can keep watching it on loop without fatigue. :)

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson)

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn & Chips (maybe)

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Pay It Forward

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Nancy King

Nancy King

Pets Lifeline CEO

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Noir

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    To Kill A Mockingbird

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Evelyn Couch from Fried Green Tomatoes

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Life Is Beautiful

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Mårten Klingberg

Mårten Klingberg

Director, Screenwriter and Actor

Stockholm, Sweden

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Drama comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Ae Fond Kiss by Ken Loach. Because as in all Loach’s films the acting is stunning, and you are forced to see things from all perspectives.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Hugh Grant

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    A protein bar

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Struggle

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Grant Korgan

Grant Korgan

Speaker | Author | Athlete

Reno, Nevada

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Episodic Adventure Docu-series

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    As a kid: Star Wars, Swiss Family Robinson | As a teen: Star Wars, Rad, Spaceballs, The Doors | As an adult: Star Wars, Usual Suspects, The Push

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Great question

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Yes (to all)!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Lately, it's felt like the Mission Impossible franchise.

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Ginny Krieger

Ginny Krieger

Co-Director | SIFF

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    World Cinema

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Annie Hall - offbeat, great script.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Brad Pitt

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Plain popcorn.... how predictable!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

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Larry Krieger

Larry Krieger

Retired

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Mystery and Suspense

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Caddy Shack--funny.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Burt Lancaster

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Mr. Lucky

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Drita Kessler

Drita Kessler

Fine Art Publisher

Los Angeles and Montenegro

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Film Noir

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Milk and Honey it represents the struggles of people only due to their religion and gender

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Lady Gaga

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    M&M with peanut and sushi

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Peggy Guggenheim or my own Living Drita

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Reece Lipman

Reece Lipman

Filmmaker

London, England

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    A coming of age drama

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Breakfast Club - It is a movie I can watch endlessly with one of the best written group of characters ever. It's always parodied with the famous dancing scene, but people often forget about long group chat the teenagers have, the moments of real connection and humour, where every problem feels real and experienced. It's a masterpiece and undoubtedly a pop culture tentpole.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    A small bag of gummy sweets. No loud rustling in the cinema!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Cinema Paradiso - When everything else is going wrong, or when I have something to celebrate, I only have 1 happy place. Sit in a cinema.

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Marianne Maddalena

Marianne Maddalena

Film Producer

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Suspense/Thriller/Horror

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    400 Blows By François Truffaut

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Gummy Bears

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

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Michele Maheux

Michele Maheux

Consultant | Toronto International Film Festival

Canada

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Dramedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    La Grande Illusion - breaking down class and borders to build relationships has never been better depicted than in Renoir’s film.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Jamie Lee Curtis or Julie Delpy

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Milk Duds

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Working Girl

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Juliana McBride

Juliana McBride

Sonoma Magazine

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    RomCom

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    When Harry Met Sally. This is the ultimate mix of seriously funny, heartwarming, and genuine. They just don't make 'em like this anymore.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Emma Watson in 10 years.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn of course!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Groundhog Day. Just kidding! Sort of. Maybe instead: Yours, Mine, Ours.

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Joel McCarthy

Joel McCarthy

Director

Vancouver, Canada.

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedy with heart

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Iron Giant. My son's made me watch it with him 100 times, and it’s still great on every watch.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Jonah Hill

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn with M&Ms poured in.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Life Is Beautiful

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Jonathan McCloud

Jonathan McCloud

Artist and Wine Maker

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Noir

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Pi. Poignant. Ancient Story, Modern Telling.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    The Doctor: good, bad, both/and

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn and lots of it, do you have a larger size?

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    A Beautiful Life

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Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy

Editor-in-Chief, San Francisco & Silicon Valley Magazines

San Francisco, CA and Washington, D.C.

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Thriller-screwball comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Graduate. It was kind of a dream team with Mike Nichols direction and the screenplay by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham; plus Dustin Hoffman is beyond brilliant in this film, as is the great Anne Bancroft. And I still recite the single, perfect line that encapsulates the lunacy of that era: "There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?"

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Hmm. Jason Schwartzman or Jon Hamm...with a cameo by Adrien Brody.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    So dorky (and healthy), but you'll find with me with Trader Joe's Go Raw Trail Mix. See? Dorky. I'm sorry.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Incredible Lightness of Being. Or...on some days the Bad News Bears.

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Jock McDonald

Jock McDonald

Artist

Napa, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Pirate

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Seabiscuit. It is a epic underdog story of a horse and how 3 broken people are resurrected by their relationship to the animal and each other.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Brad Pitt

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    WHOPPERS

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    7 Years in Tibet

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Kevin W. McNeely

Kevin W. McNeely

Artistic Director | SIFF

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Sports Action

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; The Big Lebowski (runner up)

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    The Sundance Kid or The Dude

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Caramel Corn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Gone With The Wind

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Rosemary McNeely

Rosemary McNeely

Film Enthusiast

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Action

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Goldfinger

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Pussy Galore

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Plain popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Around the World in 80 days!

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Adan Medrano

Adan Medrano

Chef, Food Author

Houston, Texas

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Psychological Thriller

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Song Of The Loon because it's about true love that conquers all, true love above all else.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Bugs Bunny

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Nacho's Special

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Strictly Ballroom

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Ruth Meehan

Ruth Meehan

Writer/Director

Dublin, Ireland

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    I'd be a Dramedy. Deeply interested in the human condition but unable to resist the tendency to laugh at and with us

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Please can I have two?? Babette's Feast and Some Like It Hot. The Danish film Babette's Feast was such a beautiful portrayal of the transformational power of both food and art, and Some Like It Hot is just a classic; genius and iconic, hilarious and riveting to me.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    The love child of Toni Collette and Alan Rickman

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Almond Magnum ice creams ... but that's just my go to far too much all the time snack.Almond Magnum ice creams ... but that's just my go to far too much all the time snack.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    It's A Wonderful Life

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Paul Morrison

Paul Morrison

Writer | Director

Barnet, United Kingdom

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Dramedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    La Regle du Jeu - all human life is there from the sublime to the ridiculous.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Susan Sarandon

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Peanut-butter sandwich in chola bread

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    La Grande IIlusion

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Bill Nagel

Bill Nagel

Nob Hill

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Indie

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Saving Private Ryan; something about that movie that whenever I watch it, it feels like I'm seeing again for the first time - terrific story telling, acting, sound, directing, the whole package.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Comic relief

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Dots, it has all food groups.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Forrest Gump, I feel very fortunate.

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Rashmi Nair

Rashmi Nair

Project Manager | Spritz

Bangalore, India

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Action Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Avatar, because of its great VFX work.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Priyanka Chopra

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Nachos and Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Pulp Fiction

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Adam Nee

Adam Nee

Director

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    It's a Wonderful Life. It's perfect.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Henry Thomas

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    POPCORN

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Being John Malkovich

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William Nunez

William Nunez

Film/TV Director

New Jersey and Spain

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Satire

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Talk To Her (2002) Perfect combination of writer/director vision come to life.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Javier Bardem

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Geraldine O’Brien

Geraldine O’Brien

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Romance

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The English Patient/In Bruges/Parasite. Too many to have just one, or two, or three...

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Jodie Foster

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Milk Duds

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Pursuit of Happyness

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Alfred Oliveri

Alfred Oliveri

Film Maker

The Netherlands

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Culinary Cinema

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Blade Runner

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    The bad guy

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Chocolate

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    I Will Survive

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Kestrin Pantera

Kestrin Pantera

Director

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Comedy, dramedy, rom com, relationship drama

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Zoolander - the comedic performances are second to none. But The Social Network and Fight Club are close seconds.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Lord. I did in my second feature.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn and peanut m&ms

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    National Lampoon’s European Vacation

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Julie Pedroncelli St. John

Julie Pedroncelli St. John

Owner

Healdsburg, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Romance

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Princess Bride for the humor, the characters, the romance.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Always Popcorn but used to be Junior Mints.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    A Good Year

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Pedro Peira

Pedro Peira

Filmmaker and Producer

Madrid, Spain

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    It's complicated...

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I don't remember why.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Myself

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Candies... and wine

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Rebel Without A Cause

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Jacques Pépin

Jacques Pépin

Chef, Author, Educator, Painter

Madison, Connecticut

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Live Action

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Maybe The Godfather...I have a lot of favorites.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Tom Hanks

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    No go to, but if there are snacks around I will eat them.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Coming To America

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Anne Petersen

Anne Petersen

Realtor | SIFF Filmmaker Housing Coordinator

El Verano, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Lightweight Comedy with a Heartfelt Caramel Center

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Ace Ventura Pet Detective Nature Calls. Because it's Genius! Silly hilarity done ingeniously with a great big heart and great environmental message.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Nicole Kidman

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    North By Northwest

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Patrick Pesetti

Patrick Pesetti

Technology Management | Vineyard Owner & Winemaker | SIFF Board of Directors

Sonoma, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Mystery

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. John Huston at his finest.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Steve Carell

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn (no butter flavoring) and an Icee

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Back To The Future

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Bella Quilici

Bella Quilici

SVHS Student and SIFF intern

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Adventure and Musical - I know, weird combo.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    My most favorite movie of all time is La La Land because it has the best ending in all of cinematic history. I think the film is absolutely perfect.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Definitely Anne Hathaway because people tell me I look like her all the time.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Red Vines

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Promising Young Woman

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Michael Rabehl

Michael Rabehl

Film Festival Programmer | Cinequest

San Jose, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Tragicomedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    "8 1/2" - Just all around a film that hits on all levels of artistry, comedy, vision, and storytelling. Also, one of the best soundtracks.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Evan from Superbad

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Raisinettes

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    After Hours

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David Ravandi

David Ravandi

Tequila Maker

Healdsburg & Mexico

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Action/Adventure - Documentary

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Big fan of Stanley Kubrick movies, in my opinion he is the best!

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Napoleone

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn with butter

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Eyes Wide Shut!

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Mike Repsch

Mike Repsch

President | Dark Star Pictures

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Thriller

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Impossible to say, but my favorite movie of 2020 was DA FIVE BLOODS because it offered a unique/new perspective on a topic that we are familiar with. Also utilized music to drive a story in an incredible way.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    The Supporting Actor, potentially the Antagonist

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn...

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Pulp Fiction

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Dana Richardson

Dana Richardson

Filmmaker

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Environmental and Social Change Documentary Films.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Agnes Varda's The Gleaners And I. It is such a unique and cinematically engaging storytelling perspective of solutions related to food waste while also being a beautiful portrait of humanity.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Kate McKinnon

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    An Unexpected Path

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Lia Rinaldo

Lia Rinaldo

Managing Director | Devour! The Food Film Fest

Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    I'm an unscripted rom com.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    After decades of film programming, I find this question challenging as I have a fave film for every season, mood, fancy... so hard to narrow down. If I have to throw just one title out, I think I would say 'My Life As A Dog' directed by Lasse Hallestrom.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Maya Rudolph

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Loaded popcorn - lots of butter, grated parmesan cheese and Montreal steak spice - it's a meal on to itself!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    In The Mood For Love

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Rob Roth

Rob Roth

Artist

New York City

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Experimental

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Impossible to answer, but All About Eve. I have seen most because its what still works.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    The villain

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Wine

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Alien

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Amanda Salazar

Amanda Salazar

Film Programmer

San Francisco, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Film Noir

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Predator (1987); I had no choice in this film, it chose me. I will always vividly remember watching this film for the first time on the floor of my childhood home on the television (so it probably even had scenes edited out), riveted, immersed in a world I had never seen before. Since then, I always wanted to be associated with film.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Perhaps the question is better for who would I *want* to play me in a film: Kathryn Hahn or Tilda Swinton or Steve Buscemi.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    (Vegan) Peanut M&Ms and popcorn.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Endless Poetry

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John Scheinfeld

John Scheinfeld

Filmmaker

Sherman Oaks, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Period piece (because I am a documentarian, I tell stories of the past).

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Lawrence of Arabia. The film encompasses everything a great movie should be -- incredible story, magnificent direction, amazing performances and a terrific script.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Colin Firth -- I like his elegance, versatility and good humor.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Hot fresh popcorn with melted butter layered throughout.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    It's A Wonderful Life

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Beth Schnitzer

Beth Schnitzer

Marketing Executive | Spritz

San Francisco, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Culinary

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Dr. Zhivago

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Sharon Stone

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Truffle Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Sex And The City

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Robert Schenkel

Robert Schenkel

Illustrator

Miami, Florida

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Realist

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Natural. Great story of unknown becoming a hero

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Jeff Bridges in Old Man

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Raisinettes

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Easy Rider

Take 5
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Marc Shaffer

Marc Shaffer

Filmmaker

Oakland, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Psychological Thriller

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Do I have to pick one? When We Were Kings - because... Ali, Foreman, James Brown, a Rumble in the Jungle... it made me dream; The Fog of War - because Errol Morris, Robert MacNamara, Philip Glass... it made me understand; Exit Through the Gift Shop - because... it made me curious; Monsoon Wedding... because Mira Nair, color, it made me marvel; Goodfellas - because... Scorsese, DeNiro, Pesce, Ray Liotta in the performance of a lifetime... it made me want more; Annie Hall - because... Woody Allen at his very best... it made me feel Jewish and validated; Silence of the Lambs - because Demme, Hopkins, Foster... it made me squirm; Exorcist - because Linda Blair... it kept me up at night; Blazing Saddles - because ... MEL BROOKS ... it made me laugh; Cinema Paradiso - because... it made me care; Slum Dog Millionaire - because damn that's good! I'll stop there.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Gary Oldman

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    High Anxiety

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Daniel Sheahan

Daniel Sheahan

Filmmaker

Sacramento, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Disaster obviously.

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Her. It's a philosophical, humorous, and heartfelt story which hits me emotionally like no other.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Eddie Redmayne

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Coke Icee!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Dumb And Dumber

Take 5
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Pauline Simard

Pauline Simard

Creative Project Manager | Spritz

Paris, France

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Adventure

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Taxi Driver

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Audrey Tautou

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn with A LOT of butter

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Inside Out

Take 5
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Carl Spence

Carl Spence

SIFF Artistic Director

Valencia, Spain and Seattle, Washington

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Dramedy - serious but very fun

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    I have too many favorites but one that has stuck with me is Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth (2006). A masterpiece infused with fantasy and at the same uncovering politics and history that has been buried and forgotten by the current generation.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Stanley Tucci

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Red Vines

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Around The World In 80 Days

Take 5
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Sarah Smick

Sarah Smick

Filmmaker

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Dark comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Legally Blonde. So well-written and Reese Witherspoon is a comedic revelation.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Claire Danes

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn with butter!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    "Bad Moms" -- Kidding! I'm a great mom. But I am pregnant at the moment, so I'm gonna go with "Big."

Take 5
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Kevin Smokler

Kevin Smokler

Author/Documentary Film Festival

San Francisco, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    An animated short

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Thin Blue Line. It's how a whole generation of film buffs like me were open to the possibilities of documentary.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    The character that always leaves the audiences saying "where have I seen that guy before?"

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Peanut Butter Cups

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Some Kind Of Wonderful

Take 5
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Paul Taublieb

Paul Taublieb

Director | Producer

Malibu, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Award-winning doc filmmaker!

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Endless Summer - turned me into a surfer and changed my life.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Robert Redford

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Unlikely But Unexpectantly Good

Take 5
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Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

Technical Director | SIFF

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Drama in Real Life

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Baraka, A Visual Essay

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Myself

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn and Root Beer

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    He Showed Up

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Trish Tracey

Trish Tracey

Mobile Bar Owner/Restauranteur

San Francisco (moving to Sonoma)

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Action Adventure

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The African Queen; I love an unexpected Love Story.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Chelsea Handler

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn (with Candy mixed in)

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Good Will Hunting (always searching for the positive!)

Take 5
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Krystal Vander Ark

Krystal Vander Ark

Director of Operations | Cinedigm

Santa Barbara, California.

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Dramedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Stardust - the story, the acting, the fantasy; just wild enough to be a modern fairytale!

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Tina Fey

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Just Don't Suck

Take 5
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Michael J. Vandewalle

Michael J. Vandewalle

Managing Director

Munich, Germany

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Sci-Fi

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    All That Jazz

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Alec Baldwin

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Nachos with cheese

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Benjamin Button

Take 5
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Mike Velemirovich

Mike Velemirovich

Producer

Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Documentary

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Apocalypse Now for its harsh beauty.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Matt Damon's *slightly* older brother

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Corn chips and hummus.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Devil Wears Prada (for the last 5 years).

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Rob Villanueva

Rob Villanueva

Graphic Designer | Photographer | Videographer

San Francisco, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Mockumentary black comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    (That's like asking me to choose my favorite child)

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Supporting commentator

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Burger

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    From Dusk 'Til Dawn

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Lena Vurma

Lena Vurma

Film Producer

Berlin, Germany

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Swashbuckler

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Talk To Her. It just has everything: color, black and white, dance, emotions, originality & a tad crazy.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Tilda Swinton

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Chocolate ice cream

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Into the Wild

Take 5
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Joanne Weir

Joanne Weir

Chef, Cookbook Author, TV Host, Restaurateur

San Francisco, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Romantic Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Some Like It Hot

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Bette Midler

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    A glass of Sauvignon Blanc

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Under The Tuscan Sun

Take 5
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Dava Whisenant

Dava Whisenant

Filmmaker

Los Angeles, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Dark Comedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - incredibly funny, unexpectedly poignant.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    This is too hard to answer! Someone who can mix a lot of "quirky goofball" with a bit of "anxious workaholic".

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    The salty sweet goodness of the popcorn/M&Ms combo.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Flirting With Disaster

Take 5
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Chay Woerz

Chay Woerz

Operations Director | SIFF

Napa, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    All but Horror

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Jerry MacGuire - perfect film for when and where I was in my life.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Jason Sudeikis

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn with my signature seasoning (Smoked Paprika, Himalayan Salt, Nutritional Yeast...)

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Good Will Hunting

Take 5
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Johanna Wolf

Johanna Wolf

Marketing Consultant | SIFF Board of Directors

Petaluma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Dram-edy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Shape of Water because Guillermo del Toro makes the bad guys suffer, love conquers all and the unbelievable becomes believable.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Ingrid Bergman

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Take 5
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Cynthia Wornick

Cynthia Wornick

Dysfunctional Family Winery | Queen of Events | SIFF Board of Directors

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Mockumentary

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Legends of the Fall: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Montana, horses, unrequited love.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Either the Kristen Wiig part in Bridesmaids, or Baby in Dirty Dancing!

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn with lots of butter!

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Take 5
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Ken Wornick

Ken Wornick

Winemaker | SIFF BOD Vice President

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Heavy Metal

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Reservoir Dogs.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Always playing 1st mate, never the chief.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Tabasco popcorn

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    It's A (Somewhat) Wonderful Life

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Ensan Wong

Ensan Wong

Executive Chef

Santa Rosa, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Documentary/Fiction

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Training Day. For the Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke performances.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Dark Vader

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Popcorn, no butter, Hot Dog, and a beer.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Cool Hand Luke

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Daniel Wyland

Daniel Wyland

Cinematographer

Rancho Cucamonga, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Drama

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    The Great Beauty / Paolo Sorrentino. Explores the complexity of human soul and its search to find answers.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Vin Diesel because of the hair cut.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Shot of whiskey with a cold stout

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    There Will Be Blood

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Allanah Zitserman

Allanah Zitserman

Filmmaker

Sonoma, California

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Dramedy

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Impossible to answer

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Penelope Cruz or Salma Hayek (I wish)

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Sweet and salty popcorn and maltesers

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    Currently The Marriage Story

Take 5
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Laura & Jeff Zimmerman

Laura & Jeff Zimmerman

Retired Reporter/Nonprofit Organizer & Jeff, Architect

Sonoma, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Music Documentary

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    So many.... My Best Friends Wedding is our Family Favorite, ET, Dead Poets Society.

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Sleuth

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    Hot Tamales

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    A Hard Days Night

Take 5
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Ursula Zopp

Ursula Zopp

Director of Talent & Culture | Stanly Ranch

Sonoma, CA

  • Describe yourself as a Film Genre:

    Musical Comedy!

  • What's your favorite movie of all time and why?

    Cinema Paradiso - a film about film and its magic. I find all things Italian interesting and beautiful!

  • Who would play you in a movie?

    Madeline Elster in Vertigo. I love Kim Novak and the mystery surrounding her character.

  • What's your go to movie snack?

    POPCORN and I do not share it. With anyone.

  • What Film Title best describes your life?

    This is a hard one - I keep thinking of funny answers like Psycho, 12 Angry Men...but let's go with Singing In The Rain. I'm an optimist.