For more information on this year's film festival from Feb. 9-12, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com
Meet Detra Payne, Volunteer Coordinator with Kristin Rogers.
IN 5 WORDS, DESCRIBE YOU: Funny, Direct, Mothering, Passionate, Fabulous :-)
HOW LONG WITH FEST: This is my second year volunteering.
WHY VOLUNTEER: Because you meet great folks, see great art and support the new, unknown, wonderful talent in the world of film.
FAVORITE PART OF FEST: Watching the films but mostly meeting the artist behind the films.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THIS FEST: Having fun regardless of the challenges
CHALLENGES OF YOUR POSITION: Making sure we have the proper number of volunteers for each day in the areas I am assigned to take care of. I think if we have the fabulous dedicated volunteers I expect we will, it should be no problem.
DO YOU GO TO OTHER FESTS AND IF SO WHICH: I have been to a couple, they were the American Black Film Festival and the Palm Springs Film Festival.
ANY OTHER THOUGHTS ON THE FILM FEST: I hope this festival grows into one of the leaders in film festivals, and that this years is simply fun and runs smoothly.
Meet Dawn Bullion, Volunteer Manager
IN 5 WORDS, DESCRIBE YOU: Fun, Loyal, Outgoing, Hardworking and Innovative
HOW LONG WITH FEST: this is my third year with the Oxford Film Festival
WHY VOLUNTEER: I am captivated by all aspects of filmmaking and it is exciting to see all of the wonderful films that are brought to Oxford as well as meet the producers/directors/actors of these films
FAVORITE PART OF FEST: Viewing all of the films, working with the volunteers and meeting the filmmakers
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THIS FEST: I am looking forward to an amazing film line-up this year and to working with all of the wonderful volunteers plus I am very excited for the Music Fest addition to this year’s festival!!
CHALLENGES OF YOUR POSITION: Organization in an extremely dynamic environment
DO YOU GO TO OTHER FESTS AND IF SO WHICH: MPLS underground Film Festival and the MPLS International Film Festival
ANY OTHER THOUGHTS ON THE FILM FEST: The Oxford Film Festival is an outstanding venue of both local and national films
IN 5 WORDS, DESCRIBE YOU: ambitious, enthusiastic,
optimistic, imaginative, out- going
HOW LONG WITH FEST:This is my 3rd year with the Oxford Film Festival.
WHY VOLUNTEER: Simply being a part of this awesome community effort is why I enjoy volunteering for the festival each year; set in Oxford, it has such incredible potential of becoming a premiere film festival of the United States.
FAVORITE PART OF FEST:My favorite part of the festival occurs when I sit in my seat in the dark theater, shoveling down a trough of popcorn and slurping Coke as I watch my favorite film of the weekend.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THIS FEST: I'm looking forward to watching the Greek Competition unravel throughout the festival.
CHALLENGES OF YOUR POSITION:The most challenging part of the festival is making sure the banner I built does not fall on the ticket sellers' head!
DO YOU GO TO OTHER FESTS AND IF SO WHICH: The only other film festival I attended was the Cannes Film Festival in France.
ANY OTHER THOUGHTS ON THE FILM FEST: I'm really glad to be a part of the Festival again this year, and I know it will be a huge success!
Meet Kristin Rogers, Volunteer Coordinator
IN 5 WORDS, DESCRIBE YOU: Outgoing, friendly, upbeat, dedicated, hardworking
HOW LONG WITH FEST: This is my 4th year, 2 years as a volunteer and 2 as a Volunteer Coordinator
WHY VOLUNTEER: I started volunteering because it sounded fun and I love movies. I do it now because I enjoy being part of something that I am able to take from nothing (pre-recruitment of volunteers) to a group of around 150 people who are the face of a festival that brings smiles to peoples faces
FAVORITE PART OF FEST: Getting to know new people and working with them
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THIS FEST: this year I would say 75% of our volunteers are first timers. I look forward to working with them and seeing the fest through their eyes
CHALLENGES OF YOUR POSITION: Scheduling for sure. We use 100+ volunteers to staff a number of positions both pre-fest, during the fest, and post-fest. The most challenging is the balance between scheduling people to do what they what when they are available with the needs of the festival. I think we've done a really good job of that this year.