posted by Uzma on September 12th, 2012
In the lead-up to the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival, we have several enthusiastic interns in the office helping us get ready for the fest. Our Marketing Intern, Diego, will introduce them to you. Please put your hands together for Maria!
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Maria Pretzl. I'm from Menomonee Falls, WI. I'm 21 years old, going for a BFA in Film/Video Production and a BA in Theater at UW-Milwaukee. Favorite movies include, A Single Man, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, The King's Speech, Amélie, The Lives of Others, Slumdog Millionaire, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, and almost any superhero movie.
How did you end up at Milwaukee Film? What is your role in making the film festival happen?
I have a long history with Milwaukee Film (a.k.a. Jonathan Jackson can't get rid of me.). In high school I was a participant in the 2008 Collaborative Cinema Screenwriting program (Jonathan was one of my mentors!). From there I volunteered at the 2009 and 2010 festivals until last year when I was the Features Research Assistant.
Now, I'm the Education Intern. I help Susan with fun things such as organizing the different Collaborative Cinema programs, including the screenwriting program and the on-site workshops. I will also be serving as associate producer on the Collaborative Cinema shoot this summer.
What was your favorite film from last year's festival?
Hmmmmm, I think I'll have to go with Sound of Noise
. The story was great, it was really original and entertaining. The the group of musical "terrorists" were just fantastic.
What are some of your plans for the future?
Besides world domination? ;) I would like to graduate with my two degrees in a reasonable amount of time, travel, get on the set of Doctor Who and hopefully make a name for myself writing and directing movies.
If you could chose, which filmmaker would you love to work with?
That's a tough one.... ummmm.... I'm going to have to say it's a toss-up between Baz Luhrmann or Steven Moffat. Baz Luhrmann is probably my all-time favorite director. He doesn't make movies, he makes experiences. He has a very distinct style, the visuals are stunning, the stories draw you in and his movies are just great! It's like he took an elaborate theater production and put it on the silver screen. (On a side note, yes I liked Australia despite the reviews, and yes I'm VERY excited for The Great Gatsby).
And Steven Moffat is the genius behind Sherlock and the Doctor Who reboot. 'Nuff said.
If you could recast your favorie classic film with a modern cast, what and who would it be?
I shall recast The Wizard of Oz...
Dorthy - Allison Scagliotti
Scarecrow - David Tennant
Tin Man - Matt Smith
Cowardly Lion - Jean Dujardin
Glinda - Anne Hathaway
Wicked Witch of the West - Annette Bening
Wizard - John Cleese
Auntie Em - Maggie Smith
Uncle Henry - Brendan Gleeson
Toto - Uggie