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 email@example.com for more information!