Indy Film Fest

16Jun/140

She can help you with that. Blythe Hager

Posted by Kate Pell

BlytheHBlythe Hager called the box office home during the 2013 Indy Film Fest at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Since then, she’s also volunteered with our Fall Film Series. Let’s catch up with Blythe…

Q: What occupies your day? (Where do you work, go to school, etc.)

Blythe: I run the paint department at McGuire Scenic, Inc., an Indianapolis-based scene shop. We provide scenery and exhibits for corporate events, museums, theaters, and production companies. I spend my days supervising a crew of painters, coordinating with clients, designing paint techniques, ordering materials, meeting deadlines, and painting.

Q: How did you learn about the Indy Film Fest and what prompted you to get involved?

Blythe: I first heard about the Indy Film Fest years ago when it started and attended a couple of films. Over the past several years my interest in film has grown, and I wanted to support the organizations that screen films and promote filmmaking locally.

Q: Do you volunteer anywhere else?

Blythe: I have also volunteered for Primary Colours.  

Q: What is your favorite movie?

Blythe: One of my recent favorites is Upstream Color. It’s such an intriguing and challenging blend of science fiction, romance, and identity exploration that continued to haunt my thoughts and emotions for a long time after watching it.

Q: What was the first movie you saw in a theater?

Blythe: One of my earliest memories of seeing a film was a Halloween screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington, accompanied on the pipe organ by Dennis James. I remember being very disappointed that we were going to see a movie rather than trick-or-treating, but once we got there I was entranced by the experience. The combination of live music and the dramatic, creepy visuals was a great introduction to the power of film.

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!

16Jun/140

He can help you with that. Chris Holobek

Posted by Kate Pell

If you’ve been to our Opening Night events, you’ve certainly spotted Chris Holobek. He’s the one at the box office with the tuxedo and the huge smile officially welcoming movie-goers to the festival. In addition to being one of our most charming volunteers, Chris is also chair of our World Cinema screening committee. We caught up with him to ask a few questions earlier this spring…

Q: What year did you start volunteering with the Indy Film Fest?
Chris: I’ve been with the festival for eight years, and started on the selections committee. At that time we were meeting in the Firefighters’ Museum on Mass Ave, and we were a very small committee. We later moved to Brian Owens’s living room, where we’d order pizza and watch movies (that’s how small we were).

Q: How did you learn about the Indy Film Fest and what prompted you to get involved?
Chris: A colleague mentioned she was volunteering, and this sounded like something I wanted to do. I had attended the annual film festivals when I lived in Helsinki, Finland and loved the 10-days of non-stop movies. I was enthusiastic to see something along those lines was happening in Indianapolis and wanted to be a part of that excitement.

Q: Please share the best thing or funniest thing that’s happened to you while volunteering with Indy Film Fest.

Chris: For me, the best thing to happen was being asked to head one of the selection committees, and I chose World Cinema. Being asked meant a lot to me, as it showed the directors valued my opinions and appreciated my work ethic. I want to pay this forward during the Saturday morning screening meetings by bringing in donuts or coffee cake as a way of showing my appreciation to those volunteers who come in at 9.30 on Saturday mornings.

Q: What is your favorite movie (or your favorite movie quote)?
Chris: So many favorites, but the ultimate would be The Poseidon Adventure – my friends and I have quoted this movie numerous times over the years (“Shove it shove it shove it”, “Maaannnny!!!”, “Just panties – what else do I need?”, “I’m going next so if old fat-a__ gets stuck, I won’t be behind her”, “She saved the preacher.”). Otherwise it would be Doctor Zhivago. Maybe Valley of the Dolls. No, They Shoot Horses Don’t They. Tess, definitely Tess. AAAAARrrrrrgggghhhhhh – I can’t make up my mind.

Q: What was the first movie you saw in a theater?
Chris: My dad took me downtown to the Indiana Theatre to see Mary Poppins. It must have been pretty spectacular to be firmly engrained in my memory. Truly one of my most treasured memories.

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!

16Jun/140

She can help you with that. Laura Nagle

Posted by Kate Pell

LauraN_BlogLaura Nagle signed up to volunteer with the Indy Film Fest before she had even moved to Indianapolis! You may have spotted Laura in the box office at the 2013 festival or at one of our successful Film to Fork events this Spring at Indiana Landmarks. Let’s meet Laura…

Q: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
Laura: I grew up in Chester, New York, and lived in Philadelphia for several years before moving to Indianapolis in 2013.

Q: What year did you start volunteering with the Indy Film Fest?
Laura: I started volunteering with Indy Film Fest in July 2013, right after I moved here.

Q: How did you learn about the Indy Film Fest and what prompted you to get involved?
Laura: I was a fan of the Philadelphia Film Festival and hoped to find a similar event here in Indy. I'm a teacher and was delighted to see that Indy Film Fest takes place during the summer, when I'm available to get more involved! Being new in town, volunteering at the festival has been a great way to meet people and to learn about other local nonprofits and cultural events that I could look forward to over the course of the year.

Q: Please share the best thing or funniest thing that’s happened to you while volunteering with Indy Film Fest.
Laura: My favorite volunteer shift was the time I sold tickets to seven Santa Clauses (featured in They Wore the Red Suit). I don't see how that can be topped.

Q: What was the first movie you saw in a theater?
Laura: I have no idea! I'm sure I've been going to the movies since before I can remember. But the first time I remember really loving the movies -- appreciating the experience of being in the theater and watching a film with a packed house -- was when I was 13 and my mom took me to a double feature of Beauty and the Beast and Father of the Bride.

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!

16Jun/140

He can help you with that. Brandon Peters

Posted by Kate Pell

BrandonSome of our volunteers pick up a shift or two each year. Others, like Brandon Peters, jump right in to help with our year-round programming. Let’s ask him a few questions!

Q: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
Brandon: I grew up in Seymour, Indiana and moved up to Indianapolis for school in 2004. I live on the southside of Indy now.

Q: What occupies your day? (Where do you work, go to school, etc.)
Brandon: I'm a senior software developer for Formstack. Most of my day is spent doing web development or project management.

Q: What year did you start volunteering with the Indy Film Fest?
Brandon: I started volunteering last year for the Film Fest, and have been volunteering since then.

Q: How did you learn about the Indy Film Fest and what prompted you to get involved?
Brandon: In the past, I've had a couple coworkers who've volunteered and it sounded really interesting.

Q: Do you volunteer anywhere else? This is your chance to give shoutouts.
Brandon: I'm actually a senior volunteer at Gen Con. I've been doing that for about 5 years now. 

Q: How does volunteering with Indy Film Fest compare with volunteering for GenCon?
Brandon: While there are certainly differences in size and subject matter between Gen Con and the Indy Film Fest, both have offered me a chance to work with a great set of volunteers who are interested in the same thing I am.

One thing that is different with the Indy Film Fest is the amount of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. With Gen Con, the only chance to really volunteer is during a one week period during the convention. With the Indy Film Fest, I've had the chance to volunteer all year round with the Roving Cinema, the Spring Series, and the screening committee.

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!

16Jun/140

She can help you with that. Abby Schoonveld

Posted by Kate Pell

Abby Schoonveld has volunteered for the Indy Film Fest in many capacities over the past few years. In addition to volunteering for numerous events throughout the year, she is also the chair of the American Spectrum screening committee for the 2014 festival. She watches hundreds of hours of movies each year to be sure that we bring only the best domestic films to the fest! Let’s meet Abby…

Q: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?

Abby: I'm from Morocco, a small town in Northwest Indiana and I make South Broad Ripple my home today. 

Q: What year did you start volunteering with the Indy Film Fest? 

Abby: I started volunteering for the Film Fest in 2010. I manned the All Access Pass table, a great way to meet the best Indy Film Fest fans!

Q: Please share the best thing or funniest thing that’s happened to you while volunteering with Indy Film Fest.

Abby: So many random conversations happen a few days into the fest when sleep deprivation starts to kick in. You really can't beat those perfect conditions for something hilarious to happen!

Q: Do you volunteer anywhere else? This is your chance to give shoutouts.

Abby: I also volunteer for Musical Family Tree, an organization archiving, documenting, and promoting Indiana music. We're celebrating the 10 year anniversary in June!

Q: What was the first movie you saw in a theater?

Abby: I can't remember for sure which came first, but I have very strong memories of seeing “Snow White” and “The Land Before Time” in the theater. I also remember hating “The Land Before Time”. I thought it was so sad and slow. As a kid, I didn't have time for that!

Interested in volunteering? We're currently seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of our 2014 festival (July 19-26). Email us at volunteer@indyfilmfest.org for more information!