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Dance-tress Acting Up: Dances with Films Festival

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It's that time again, let's mingle! Last weeks blog was pretty bomb, huh. I hear it caused a little bit of ruckus and perhaps a difference of opinion, eh? Well here's is a quick reminder, do what is right for you. I am here to share what I like and what I do, but that may not always be right for you. It's like a buffet, take what you want, leave what you do not. Maybe try a few things here and there. A little nibble never hurt anyone.

Moving on. So this past week I was able to get my mingle on while volunteering at the Dances with Films festival. Let me tell you folks, I rarely ever donate my small amount of free time to "work" for free, but this was a pretty bomb experience and I would do it again. Yes, Claire, it's true. I met a LOT of talented, hard working people and I truly don't have a single negative thing to say.  

Because, it's LA, and everyone needs to get a red (in this case green) carpet picture

Because, it's LA, and everyone needs to get a red (in this case green) carpet picture

A day in the life of a volunteer at DWF goes a little something like this-

  • Show up
  • Hang out
  • Greet guest and direct them to where they needed to go
  • Eat an Annie's Pretzel across the from the theater
  • Cut out awards ballots
  • Count award ballots (I can assure you we counted EVERY ONE OF THEM)
  • Go to a panel
  • Get thanked personally by the two directors of the film festival. What? I'm not gonna lie, that kind of made my day to know that I was truly appreciated for being there. Also, it's a great way to make people want to come back and help. A lot of volunteers were returning from previous years, I wonder why.
  • Watch a film
  • Meet awesome like minded people
  • Go Home
Power House Panel

Throughout the festival, I was welcomed to watch films and attend any panels I wanted as long as it wasn't sold out or I was scheduled to work that day. How fun is that? Another fun perk/moment/thing was that I ran into quite a few friends that I hadn't seen in a while. It was nice to see so many of them in films or even directing them. And of course, it's always nice to reconnect and applaud their accomplishments. What a great dose of inspiration that is for me. Not everyone can say they had their film screen at Grauman's Chinese Theater...in the middle of Hollywood! Am I right, or am I right!

Many filmmakers I spoke to had family and friends fly in from out of town, some were debuting their film for the first time, and overall, everyone just seemed pretty excited to be there.

Below are a few films I was able to check out or people I met who's films were screening at the festival. Check em out!

Soledad     Actor for Hire    Superior    Death to Cupid    All Season Become One

But seriously, they let me play with this!

But seriously, they let me play with this!

Pretty sweet theater huh

Pretty sweet theater huh