Jennifer Churchill from Sonoma, CA
@jenTCM on Twitter
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
Well, when necessary, I tear myself away from TCM and go to my "day job" as the marketing director for an amazing nonprofit in the Napa Valley, OLE Health. Por supuesto, I love wine-tasting and hiking and camping in Big Sur and Yosemite, as well as visiting my family in Michigan. My four-year-old son, Weston, keeps me busy with his Titanic obsession and boundless energy. He's also the star of my children's book about the history of motion pictures, Movies Are Magic. Although I try to limit his screen time in general, he does have a few modern kids' programs he likes and also loves watching classic movies with his mama. His favorites are Top Hat, the 1958 Titanic movie A Night to Remember, and anything with the Little Rascals/Our Gang.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn paired with wine, which they do serve at the Century Napa Valley Theatre, where our Backlot chapter meets monthly for the TCM/Fathom Events movies.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
Classic films from the 1930s and 1940s, shown without commercial interruption, and the fact that it's on 24/7. I often have TCM on in the background, or even with the sound off while I listen to music, in between the movies I want to sit down and watch in a focused manner. I just like having it on. Any time I go to a cocktail bar for happy hour or whatever, if the bartender seems amenable to it and there isn't some March Madness or Super Bowl game on, I always ask them to turn the bar TVs on to TCM. Changes the whole atmosphere of the bar to one of sophistication; it "elevates" their brand, I tell them.
The communal aspect of TCM is fantastic, too; I try to watch in "real time" as much as possible for that feeling that a whole bunch of other people are watching the same thing I am. There's something about that awareness that makes it more "special" to watch. Hashtagging/live tweeting with #TCMParty-ers makes it fun, too.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
Pre-Code films and romantic comedies of the 1930s. (Sorry, that's two.) :)
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
Buster Keaton. The Great Buster! He was such a genius -- so funny, so brilliant, so talented, and appears to have been so humble, too, which just makes your heart ache for him when you hear how he became an unknown for so many years before being "rediscovered." And the fact that he wasn't a wealthy billionaire is heart-breaking; one of the most talented, brilliant humans on the planet. I met his granddaughter, Melissa Talmadge, recently; she randomly lives near me! And I got to see and touch one of Buster's real porkpie hats that she has. I think I heard angels sing.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
Charles Boyer. After he rejects my request for a date? Then I'd probably ask him if it was difficult having to be so mean to the lovely and elegant Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight. :)
What do you collect?
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
This answer used to be The Thin Man, but it's recently changed to The Awful Truth.
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