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Intern Spotlight: Part 2

Published March 13, 2022




Name: Madeline Sun Woo Kim

Pronouns: she/her

Position: Operations Assistant Intern


I am a senior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I'm pursuing a dual degree in Film, Television, and Media and English Literature. I love going on walks with my dog and watching movies/TV shows in my spare time. I also like to get food or coffee with friends. One interesting fact about myself is that I've seen the northern lights in Iceland!




What are you most looking forward to doing in your new position?

I’m looking forward to meeting more filmmakers. Being in touch with them through email, I realized how diverse the filmmakers are participating in this festival. I am looking forward to getting to know them and hopefully meeting them in person at the festival.


What’s your go-to comfort film?

This is a hard question. Some of my favorite films are Midnight in Paris, The Great Gatsby, and Inception. My go-to comfort films that I can watch over and over again are the Harry Potter series, The Devil Wears Prada, and Sleepless in Seattle.


If you could hang out with any filmmaker who would it be and what would you do?

I would definitely want to meet Martin Scorsese. He directed the most amazing movies. I love Aviator, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Wolf of Wall Street, Shutter Island, etc.—the list goes on. I want to ask him all about his inspirations, his visions as a director, and what he loves about filmmaking.




Name: Caitlin Mayernik

Pronouns: she/her

Position: Film Art Forum Liaison


Caitlin Mayernik is a multi-faceted creator currently based in Detroit, MI. In Spring 2021 she graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where she earned a BFA in Theatre. Along with building arts events with Ann Arbor Film Festival, Globally Curated, and LA Writers Center, Caitlin has joined theatre and film projects as a director, dramaturg, writer, producer, and performer. Caitlin loves to read memoirs, travel, explore art museums, and has a puppy named Basil.


What are you currently working on for AAFF?

Currently, AAFF is collaborating with the brilliant team from University of Michigan’s North Quad Space, preparing for AAFF’s Film Art Forum series happening throughout Festival Week.


What are you most looking forward to doing in your new position?

I am most looking forward to meeting the speakers for the Film Art Forum, and supporting their presentations, lectures, activities, and panels. Being a creative who has joined and learned immensely from forums as an audience member at arts events, I’m eager to be collaborating on building this programming for our festival audiences, creating a space to continue learning deeper about and celebrating experimental film.


What’s your go-to comfort film?

My go-to comfort film is “Frances Ha” directed by Noah Baumbach. I love seeing characters exist as real people.


If you could hang out with any filmmaker who would it be and what would you do?

I would love to go see a play with Greta Gerwig, Mindy Kaling, and Julie Taymor. They all have such great minds, our post-show conversation would be amazing.




Name: Madison Grosvenor

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Festival Assistant


I am an art and design student at University of Michigan's Penny Stamps School of Art and Design and my concentration is in animation and illustration. When I am not painting or animating, I am usually either reading or outside looking for some great hikes!


What are you most looking forward to doing in your new position?

I am most excited for festival week, as chaotic as it may be. I am eager to be working on everything behind the scenes as the buzz of the festival goes on. I am also looking forward to seeing my final version of the master production schedule in all its glory.


What’s your go-to comfort film?

My go-to comfort film is definitely the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. But, I must give special recognition to Fantastic Mr. Fox.


If you could hang out with any filmmaker who would it be and what would you do?

I would love to hang out with animator Helen Hill. She was an incredible experimental animator and activist, who used stop motion and hand-drawn techniques, similar to what I love to do in animation. If I were to hang out with her, I would really want to assist on a project and look into her tactile technique and process behind her films as well as discuss the importance of experimental film on environmental activism.



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