KELLEE PRATT’S TIPS FOR SURVIVING THE FESTIVAL:
- Sunscreen and a collapsible hat for long lines in the sun
- Chocolate and protein bars for quick bursts of energy on the go
- Comfy shoes, preferably good running shoes (yes, even in a dress… comfort over fashion for dashing up and down Hollywood Blvd. all day and night)
- Consider investing in a Mophie or other portable battery charger. With all those selfies and impromptu celeb sightings, it’ll be worth it.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT DURING THE FESTIVAL:
- I like to load up on a strong breakfast at 25 Degrees (at Roo) of Eggs Benedict if I can, then munch on concession delights of popcorn & chocolate all day (because it’s the one time of the year where I’ll allow my self movie popcorn at any given time of the day and it’s ok.)
- Plus, I like to carry bottles of water & protein bars to push through.
TOP 3 “CAN’T MISS” EVENTS OF THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL:
- Best In Show (I know this doesn’t fit the traditional mold in any way, but I love this film and cast- so hilarious!)
- Black Narcissus in nitrate… and as much nitrate as I can (for obvious reasons)
- Detective Story (I love noir and to see this intro’d by Lee Grant & Eddie Muller is a guarantee of a great time (Truth is, there are SO many choices that whatever I see it will be a guaranteed unforgettable experience).
FAVORITE FESTIVAL MEMORY:
“It’s honestly impossible to narrow down to a singular favorite TCMFF memory or year- too many! Although the “up-close enough to touch” movie star encounters (Maureen O’Hara, Mel Brooks, Margaret O’Brien, Alec Baldwin…) definitely top the list. The core of the fest seems to remain the same, despite the complaints I hear how radically different it is than in years’ past. The changes I have noticed are the prices (bummer, especially for the Spotlighters), a desire for the network to reach out more to a younger audience, and the end of the Social Producers program. While I may not agree with all of their changes, if they continue to show a majority of films and events that are fun, fascinating, interesting, and classic in nature, I’m a happy camper. Which I think they do.”
WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR LOVE OF FILM?
“Like many obsessive film fans, my love of classic film started as a wee youngster and my love for film has grown over the decades. On Saturday mornings, our local art center screened slapstick classics for kids, including Laurel & Hardy and Keystone Cops. My maternal grandmother was a big influence too, insisting I watch films like A Shot in the Dark and Witness for the Prosecution in my elementary school years.”
“I love TCM. It’s on at my house every single day. I don’t love every film necessarily. And sure, I do have ‘real life’ activities that interferes in my TCM viewing from time to time. But some films I’ll happily watch repeatedly, no matter how many times I’ve seen it. I am profoundly sad that our dear, beloved Robert is gone and we’ll never have the pleasure of seeing his warm smile again. Irreplaceable. No doubt very different in style and otherwise from Robert Osborne, but I also find Ben and Tiffany entertaining. I’ve enjoyed many of the guest hosts and guest programmers that we’ve seen in the past year. I’ve been especially impressed by some of the unique offerings that members of the ‘TCM family’ have hosted such as Illeana Douglas’s Trailblazing Women series.”
ADVICE TO A FESTIVAL FIRST TIMER:
- I cannot stress enough the importance of comfort over style on footwear
- Sleep before and after the fest (you can do it- it’s like those college days all over again and it’s only a few days.)
THE RETRO SET WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! WE’LL BE ROAMING THE FESTIVAL, LOOKING FOR FOLKS JUST LIKE YOU TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PAST AND CURRENT FESTIVAL EXPERIENCES! FIND US @the_retro_set on Twitter! And remember: #StayClassic and #LetsMovie