Erik Andersson from Salem, OR


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

Well there’s that work thing. And occasionally my work and movie worlds collide in projects that support restoration of historic theaters around Oregon. I have deep conversations while walking my dog, Ranger. I listen to a lot of indie music and frequent used record stores. And I do love a good antique mall and sampling the great craft beer of the Pacific Northwest.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Buttered popcorn and frozen Junior Mints.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

The sense of discovery when you stumble across a movie you’ve never heard of and it becomes an immediate favorite. Noir Alley, of course. And I love the TCM team and fans.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

I enjoy westerns and noir, but the absolute favorite is Screwball comedy.


Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?

Preston Sturges. His autobiography is a fantastic read that would make a great movie: His drive to control the production of the screenplays he wrote made him an auteur well ahead of his time. He can have you laughing one minute, shaking your head at the ridiculousness of a situation the next then tearing up with joy a few seconds later. I love that he played with the Production Code so effectively that even a modern audience watching The Miracle of Morgan's Creek will wonder,“How did he get way with that?!”

With a little sex in it.


Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

While not necessarily a huge fan of all his movies, I’d love to meet Martin Scorsese to thank him for what he does for film restoration. His love of film (Hugo is a great big hug to the medium) and respect for the filmmakers that inspired him is infectious. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t know Powell & Pressburger: that’s a major debt to repay.


What do you collect?

Vintage rocket banks, Shriner memorabilia, local artwork from my travels, and I’ve a got a small selection of Harold Lloyd memorabilia.

And gin.


If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

I feel you really mean one, right? Not acceptable to say it’s a three-way tie, I assume? Despite the fact that I usually answer this question with three titles, I’m singling out Preston Sturges’ Sullivan's Travels.

Why? Its message that it’s a gift to make people laugh, and that’s all some people have in this cockeyed caravan. I also love his way of sprinkling social consciousness among the bellylaughs. The speech the Butler makes about poverty punches me in the gut every time.

And Veronica Lake.


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sophia montgomery's picture

Thanks for an interesting profile . How exciting to support theatre restorations. We do the same here for The Senator in Baltimore. Hmmm, never thought of freezing Junior Mints as I do Reese Cups!

Shaun Bishop's picture

I worked on refreshing the interior of the Rialto theatre in Casper Wyoming. We tore up the old carpet that was on glued down horse hair pad on the staircase leading to the balcony and found wonderful Italian mosaic tiles spelling RIALTO down the staircase. That was an exciting moment. I'm sure you've had many unexpected finds like that in your career.
I'm not much of a comedy fan but I did enjoy Sullivan's Travels. Maybe not for the laughter but for what it said about us socially.