ALEXANDRA NAKELSKI

Because my resume is so vast, it would almost sound like I am making it up… so I am electing rather to speak of my vision for the festival. The following is a stream of conscious when I was asked what this festival means to me….

I use the word “entourage ” in an endearing way….from living most my adult life in LA….I found that one can be fabulous, all inclusive and party while engaging in intellectual conversation simultaneously. At my festival there is no way NOT be part of the entourage…you are by default part of the mix…

What I noticed in my 15 -year tenure of working festivals is that tons of people get lost in navigating it all by themselves in a city they are not familiar with. I hated these experiences and vowed to one day start my own festival that focused on the camaraderie as much as the content.

The social aspect of the festival should never be exclusive. Everybody involved should all collaborate in discussing how the meaning resonated with them. The audience is a huge factor…almost as important as the invited guests…because in my academic research, spectatorship is what forms meaning and is crucial in understanding the film’s role in the zeitgeist.

It is an experience….

To me, life is cinematic, and cinema is life. We’ve designed our festival to reflect that philosophy.

This is also a destination festival…we want you to experience the city as well as the films which is why I have a filmmaker canal cruise to open up the festival and the party at the famous EYE museum where the public is also invited to gather like-minded people to have a blast along the gorgeous sunset along the “IJ” (Amsterdam’s waterfront). I never program films at the same time of this event…I don’t want people to have to choose between the VIP party and a film, or for my volunteers to have to miss out…I also do not like when other festivals treat their volunteers like indentured servants!

This festival is like a gathering of nations. The common denominator being film. People come from around the world in this moment in time to share a collective experience. In that aspect, we create a community that carries on after the festival.

Networking doesn’t even begin to capture what we do.

It’s about the people. It’s about the passion and just absolutely enjoying each other’s company.

I will continue to keep the festival at a perfect size where we can continue to do so. I don’t ever want to have a fragmented audience or guests.

We’re gonna party our faces off, celebrate film, celebrate each other and be in the moment. We hope to see you Sept 2019 to create another epic memory!

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ALEXANDRA NAKELSKI

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
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LYRIC LUEDKE

DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT

LYRIC LUEDKE

I grew up in Seattle surrounded by some of the best (if least well known) indie theaters in the country, so my love of vintage, cult, and foreign film started from a young age. I dabble in other languages, so films from Japan, Italy, or Germany always get me excited. Since moving to Orange County in 2017, I’ve completed my BA in film studies, started on an MA, and also worked in the LA immersive theater scene organizing and performing in dozens of interactive experiences.

Once I finish up with college, I’d love to take my academic knowledge into the festival industry, possibly carving out a niche for my own alternative festival somewhere in the distant future. I couldn’t care less about Hollywood’s newest releases, but I’ll consider myself a success if I can create a space for people to get together and enjoy the stranger side of cinema. Any theater where you’re allowed to yell and throw stuff at the screen is my happy place!

SKYLAR BRIDGEFORTH

How did a Junior at Cleveland State University in Ohio end up at a film festival? Well, it would be because I have great friends who give me even better opportunities. For someone who struggled finding an internship due to most internships wanting a large amount of experience, which most college students don’t have, this festival is a blessing. It is giving me the ability to perfect my knowledge outside of the classroom. It is definitely a bonus that I have the opportunity to help with Zeitgeist, especially for someone who LOVES movies. 80’s and 90’s movies in particular especially Heathers, anything with Patrick Swayze, Gremlins, Drop Dead Fred, The Craft… pretty much any rom-com; name an 80s or 90s movie and I have probably seen it!   As a girl born in 2000, I firmly believe that I was born in the wrong decade, I would have thrived in the culture of the 80’s.

While some people work to work, I work because I enjoy it. I love being able to see the results of a campaign that I have worked on or when a post is particularly successful. Although my favorite part of marketing/PR is that I get to do my absolute favorite thing in the world, research. Doing a deep dive into the demographics, target markets, etc of a company involves just enough psychology to make it interesting. 

I cannot wait to give my all to this film festival and see where this opportunity takes me!

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SKYLAR BRIDGEFORTH

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
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THYRA CHANEY

SCREENING COMMITTEE

THYRA CHANEY

I believe that there is a thread of universally recognizable truth connecting life, history, and mythology. The goal of art is to tap into that truth and share it. The zeitgeist defines the human experience over time like a fossil record by manifesting universal human truth in time-and-place specific concretizations. I am endlessly fascinated by the human experience and its perpetuation through modern-mythmaking and pop culture. I will be studying and contributing to the legacy of film, TV, and print media for the foreseeable future and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m a Bay Area native currently studying Film and Media Arts in Cleveland, Ohio.

KARA SINGLETON

I’m Kara, a senior film student at Cleveland State University, and I couldn’t be more humbled to be on the screening board for the 2020 Zeitgeist film festival. I have a predisposition for cinematography, directing, and writing, and my short film was one of ten student works selected to premiere at the 2018 Tulsa American Film Festival. I am a wedding videographer by trade, and this allows me a unique perspective: what differentiates a ‘so-so’ shot and a captivating one, and where the emotional cadence resides. I’m passionate about comprehending a fluency in filmic language, for that is the primal, rhythmic envisioning of humankind’s intimate moments. What better opportunity to grow my cinematic repertoire than digesting films from all over the world?

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KARA SINGLETON

SCREENING COMMITTEE