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Meet Marin Smith, AAFF's Community Engagement Coordinator

We're pleased to announce that Marin Smith has been promoted to AAFF's Community Engagement Coordinator. We caught up with Marin to chat about her new role, what films she's been watching in quarantine, her favorite memories of AAFF, and more. Check it out below.

How long have you been working with AAFF?

I've worked with AAFF since 2018, first as an intern and then eventually becoming the Festival Assistant. I helped coordinate Off The Screen! intermedia artists for the past two festivals and manage AAFF's Touring program as well.

What are you excited to do in your new position?

I’m excited to expand the Tour program and incorporate more education opportunities. Stay tuned!

Do you have a favorite AAFF Tour program?

Almost All Ages, it’s always fun and lighthearted. You can watch it now, here.

What's your favorite memory of the festival?

At my first Ann Arbor Film Festival, I went to see a special program of Barbara Meter films, it was really cool. A dark screening room and old film prints. I never saw anything like it in my film history classes.

What films are you watching in quarantine?

I just watched But I’m a Cheerleader and Doubt. People always talk about how good Doubt is, but it was incredible!

Choose a film title for the story of your life.

That’s really hard! But I’ll go with Middle Child. I have middle child syndrome. I fit the description of a middle child to a T.

What does your work from home set up look like?

What's your WFH soundtrack currently composed of?

Mostly Waxahatchee's new album.

What about your WFH uniform?

Exclusively soccer shorts I’ve had since I was 10 and my I <3 New York shirt.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Kaitlyn Denver from Booksmart.

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

John Waters or Céline Sciamma. We’d go to the club.


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