The festival went by in a blink; it’s hard to believe it ended nearly two days ago. I didn’t do much more movie watching, but on Sunday I caught an odd double-feature of Burden and Never Goin’ Back with Chris, my primary chauffeur (one of the perks of not having a car up here has been the friendships I’ve made through bumming rides from other interns).
A lot of my regular responsibilities have gone with the festival. With it freshly over, there isn’t much need for social media promotion or website updates anymore. Ever since I put the last round of “Instagram Highlights” on our blog, my job has consisted of random disassemblies, from moving empty water coolers out of the Filmmaker Lounge to pulling wagons full of old Dell laptops from our box office back to the basement of the State Theatre, where they’ll stay until they’re used again next year for ticket sales.
Tomorrow is our last day at the office, most of which will be spent cleaning it; we really made a home out of it over the past few weeks. We also have plans to do a staff-exclusive movie viewing at the State tomorrow night, IF we can pick something that satisfies everyone. There’s been a heated debate between Dazed and Confused, Holes and a few others. I’m just in it for the community really. Hope the others decide on something soon.
Moving forward, I still have a lot of soul-searching to do career-wise. This summer was undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my life, but I’m not sure if I would feel the same if I hadn’t liked my coworkers and atmosphere as much. I’ve definitely gained valuable skills and insights on both Public Relations and film festivals, but the job I pursue will depend on what I learn about myself over the next few years, and it’s possible that it won’t involve either of those things. I’ll still keep tabs on TCFF; I’d definitely be willing to work with them in the future, but it might be valuable for me to do some exploring first. Regardless I’m grateful for all the connections and experiences the festival brought me, and I’m excited for all the opportunities U of M will bring this fall!