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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!