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Megi Mustafaj joins the AAFF Team!

Megi was born in Korce, Albania where her parents are from, and moved to the US at one year old where she then grew up in Livonia, Michigan! She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in language, literature, and writing and has a background in youth development nonprofits. She is excited to translate her skills to her new coordinator position with AAFF.

Megi also loves creative writing, literature, fashion, film, cooking, photography, and painting (not so well). Her favorite writers are Sylvia Plath and Haruki Murakami. She has been spending her quarantine making yummy dishes like boeuf bourguignon, cheesecake, coq au vin, and tonkotsu ramen (all from scratch!). She also has a cat named Levi, named after a popular anime character!

What are you excited to do in your new position?

I am excited to be a part of something big and creative. The fact that the Ann Arbor Film Festival is turning 60, and it is such a loved event among the Ann Arbor community makes me proud to be a part of it. I am excited to get to know the community that loves the festival as well as the filmmakers who make it possible.

What films are you watching in quarantine?

It’s mainly been a rewatch of my favorites like The Craft, Dead Poets Society, Amelie, and Funny Face. I’m also a big horror film fanatic so I recently watched Ari Aster’s Midsommer and Hereditary. Also lots of anime!

Choose a film title for the story of your life.

Figuring It Out which is what I am constantly doing as I get older!

What does your work from home setup look like?

Lots of black tea, easy access to snacks, and my needy cat, Levi.

What's your WFH soundtrack currently composed of?

Lots of Beach House, Arlo Parks, Echo & the Bunnyman, Sufjan Stevens, Toro y Moi, Gorillaz, Noname, The Smiths and Radiohead!

What about your WFH uniform?

XXL T-shirts and comfy shorts unless there’s a meeting, then it’s business up top!

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Young Winona Ryder from the 90s

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

Hayao Miyazaki, and we would go into depth about his inspiration behind each of his films and eat all the yummy food from Spirited Away.


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