Kelly Swann from Santa Barbara, CA

@kellylswann on Twitter


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I work during the day as a high school registrar, but I work on my own time as a comic artist and children's book illustrator. Watching TCM in between helps inspire me; I started watching classic films before I could even read and I've never stopped. Such images and stories are what inspired me to start telling stories in the first place.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn and M&Ms; the first time I tried this sweet and salty combination was in Hollywood during college, when I went with a classmate to have his student film go through the telecine process and they brought us a bowl while we waited.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

I'd have to say my favorite part of TCM is the insightful introductions and concluding remarks before and after the films; as an artist I love not only watching the films but also learning about the process. But I also have to mention the variety of films and shorts, I enjoy flipping on TCM anytime and seeing what's on.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

Seems like it changes every day, but today I'd have to go with the American New Wave films; it's neat to see what one of the first generations of film fans came up with when they got behind and in front of the camera (and my favorite director is often included in this genre).


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

I discovered the films of John Cassavetes through a biographical index in the library (the 1968 volume). I'd only seen him as Victor Franko in Dirty Dozen and I couldn't keep my eyes off of him, what a portrayal! But then I started watching the films he directed, and the characters created in those films are the truest portraits I've ever seen on film.


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

I work behind the scenes at a school, and it's the artists who work behind the camera I think I'd most like to meet; if I could choose it'd actually be a studio musician, a drummer, who's worked on many a soundtrack, especially one of my favorite films, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, by the name of Jim Keltner. He has many a story to tell and from the interviews of his I've read he's never said a bad word of anyone. Though no doubt I'd be tongue-tied and not think of a thing to say...


What do you collect?

Books, especially autobiographies and WWII memoirs, histories and comics.


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

Limelight; watching Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and all the others in a story about an old and young artist is a treat every time I see it.


Thank you Kelly!  For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you a beautiful book called Picture Show: Classic Movie Posters from the TCM Archive.  It's a blast for anyone, but especialy for an artist like you.

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