Kelly Kitchens from Dallas, TX
@kellyjkit on Twitter
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
I live a charmed life. I'm an entertainment publicist in Dallas, and I mostly deal with film and film festivals in town. My clients include Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas - DFW, Dallas VideoFest, McKinney Classic Film Festival, Dallas Chamber Symphony (they do a lot of commissioned silent film scores), Frame4Frame Film Festival, 24-Hour Video Race, and countless other events and indie films in North Texas. I've had my own business for 20 years.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Fried green beans at Alamo. And Popcorn everywhere else.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
My favorite part of TCM is how you've made it possible for me to find "my people!" What a treat that you've been able to expand my role as a lone viewer into a communal experience with the Film Festival. Over the last 7 years, my life has been enhanced not only by the films I watch on TCM and the Festival experience both me and my husband, Mark, have enjoyed immensely, but we have made so many friends across the country and throughout the world. Friends who we keep in touch with nearly every day through my Facebook group, Going to TCM Classic Film Festival.
TCM is So much more than just a TV channel that plays my favorite films. It has become our virtual meeting place that keeps my 900+ friends connected year-'round.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
I'm SO fascinated by what filmmakers got away with during the Pre-Code days.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
My favorite actor of all time is Judy Garland. I, of course, fell in love with her when I saw The Wizard of Oz on TV when I was little, and as I grew up, her range of comedy and drama enhanced her amazing ability to sing. A Star is Born showcased all of her talents in one film! And how amazing it was to see it opening night at Grauman's Chinese at the first TCMFF in 2010.
The "Born in a Trunk" sequence showcases Judy's talents like none other, and I love how it matches how she grew up on stage in Vaudeville. And the end line just tears me up like no other film. If I catch the tail end of that film, and I hear her utter those words: "This is Mrs. Norman Maine," that's all I need to be in a puddle of tears which can cleanse the soul just like laughing my head off can.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
I suppose this will be a completely different answer than most peoples, but I don't really desire to meet celebrities. I get to work with many of them who come through Dallas for Festivals and events, especially for the Dallas International Film Festival and Dallas VideoFest. And unless I'm working with them, I don't really talk to them.
My philosophy has always been two-fold:
1 - Do I have something to say that they haven't heard 1,000 in their lives?
2 - Would what I have to say be something that would enhance their life?
Most of the time, the answer is "No" to both of those questions in my head.
Mickey Rooney was the one person who I disregarded my own philosophy to meet. I figured (more than meeting her kids) Mickey was the closest thing I'd ever get to meeting Judy.
I've been blessed to work with a number of celebrities over the last 20+ years, and I hope to continue to from time to time.
What do you collect?
Oh boy!!! I'm a major collector of atypical Judy Garland items, It's a Wonderful Life ornaments and Christmas items, cigarette cards from the '30s, glass slides (movie preview slides), drawings and art of my favorite films and stars, old scrapbooks that people kept in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. I also collect hats and dresses that pay homage to some of my favorite designs in a variety of films (I wear these during the TCMFF and around Dallas from time to time).
We have a collection of images (photos and art) of movie palaces and the old neighborhood theaters of the 1920s-'40s. I have a collection of salt and pepper shakers and of Barbies paying homage to "I Love Lucy" and Sinatra. Also, I collect photos of Max Sennet's Bathing Beauties and figurines of bathing beauties. I like to find ways to touch every part of our home with something that reflects my and my husband's taste in films. I love being surrounded by it on all our walls, in our kitchen and throughout the house in various and unusual ways.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
If I had to pick just one, my favorite film would probably be Meet Me in St. Louis. I can watch it any and every time of year, I love all the songs, and I love the family dynamics. Most of all, I love the quirky subtle humor that makes me laugh and laugh: "Oh, Rose. You're so stuck up!"—"Did your run into him on accident?" "Uh, huh! Almost!"—"What is it this time, Tootie?"—"St. Louis. My favorite city. Wasn't I lucky to be born in my favorite city?" I could go on and on! Oh, and Leon Ames telling JUDY, of all people!, to "Stop that screeching!!" WHA????
Thank you Kelly! For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you a set of Hollywood Poolside notecards, as well as TCM's wonderful Picture Show book, which features a couple of cool posters from Judy Garland's career. Every page is a work of art!
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