Theresa Sloan from East Wenatchee, WA
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
Retired teacher after 31 years. Active in local community theater, Mission Creek Players. Our last three productions were August: Osage County, Glengarry Glen Ross and Dancing at Lughnasa, and upcoming is The Elephant Man. Also active with the "Dangerous Women" local theater group, performing original work of women's history, and as a local activist by leading the Women's March in 2017 and 2019, working to change the current political climate.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
My favorite movie snack has to be salted mixed nuts! Cashews are the best... but I could eat a whole Costco sized bucket!
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
It's tough to decide my favorite part of TCM because I love everything about it. The concept of teaching film history, showing films in their entirety as intended and learning about all aspects of filmmaking is brilliant!
What’s your favorite movie genre?
If I have to choose one genre, it's Film Noir. Drama, suspense, and tension with a great music score, lighting, and acting provides an engaging formula for keeping my attention. Also, women in Noir are usually, bad or good, way ahead of their time.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
My favorite actress is Katharine Hepburn. Her career decisions were groundbreaking for women. She was her own person. Her talent was immeasurable. Just one of many many examples is The African Queen. She and the cast endured some very uncomfortable physical circumstances during the filming in Africa but she did it with determination and grace, which resulted in one of her most entertaining films.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
If it were possible, I would be thrilled to meet Katharine Hepburn (though I know that's not possible). I would say to her, "Thank you for the many many hours of joy you've given me in watching you perform and for being a role model for women. " I would ask her about her family, about her life, and I would just listen.
What do you collect?
I collect experiences. I put myself in positions to meet new people, to travel to new places, to do things that make me a little afraid, because physical things just collect dust, but experiences make me a better person.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
The African Queen. It has everything! Suspense, humor, dangerous circumstances, challenges overcome and RELATIONSHIP on screen. Katharine Hepburn plays a character who is called "unattractive" by her brother, as if physical attractiveness is how a woman should be measured. Humphrey Bogart plays such an amiable character it's somewhat different than his usual roles. The music score sets each scene, and the cinematography is beautiful and was very difficult to accomplish with 1950's cameras in a jungle! The story is wonderful. And Katharine Hepburn is the ONLY woman in the acting credits. (The only other women in the film were the villagers in the beginning of the film.) I love this movie.
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