We’re happy to share with you the terrific intern spotlight series that Milwaukee will be featuring leading up to their 2012 festival! This time around we have Marisela, a film student with some very entertaining answers to the film-centric questions asked during the interview.
Milwaukee Film Festival: Tell us about yourself.
Marisela: My name is Marisela Rodriguez. I’m 23 years old and have lived in Milwaukee for the past 19 years. I’m currently a senior film studies major at UW-Milwaukee. I have some experience in film production but my current love lies in the conceptual side of things— watching, thinking and writing about film.
MFF: How did you end up at Milwaukee Film? What is your role in making the film festival happen?
M: I applied for the programming and marketing internships at Milwaukee Film and became highly interested in the programming role. There are two features programming interns and we are responsible for helping Angela Catalano, the programming manager, with any tasks having to do with the features programming aspect of the festival. We enter film submissions into the festival’s database, watch and rate them, and correspond with other festivals and filmmakers. We help choose which films will screen at the festival!
MFF: What was your favorite film from last year’s festival?
M: My favorite film from last year’s festival was Like Crazy. I thought the story was original, loved it’s play with chronology, and its talented cast.
MFF: What are some of your plans for the future?
M: My plans for the future seem to be ever-changing as new opportunities arise. I definitely plan to go grad school. I think I want to go into festival work and think that this internship is a perfect way to start figuring out the type of role that I want to play in the festival planning process. So far, the programming aspect has not disappointed me, which is pretty great!
MFF: If you could choose, which filmmaker would you love to work with?
M: If I could work with any filmmaker, I think I would choose Michel Gondry. I think it would be pretty awesome to watch as his mind unfolds to create the surreal, complex narratives that he’s become known for.
MFF: If you could recast your favorite classic film with a modern cast, what and who would it be?
M: If I could recast a classic film, I think I would choose Metropolis and have Carey Mulligan star as Maria and Jim Sturgess play Freder. I think that it would be cool to see those actors lit with some German Expressionist lighting.
The 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival runs from September 27 – October 11. For more information visit the festival webpage