Tales of a Film Festival Volunteer – Episode Four: The Second Shift

Second shift…it started off pretty much the same as the last shift, with me collecting tickets for a screening.  I was then assigned to check tickets at the door and I spent about half an hour saying nothing but “down the hall” as the people were entering the theatre.

Today’s highlight came in the form as when I was assigned to a press and industry screening of a documentary about gang members in Haiti called “Ghosts of Cité Soleil.”  I was signing members of the media into the theatre I couldn’t help noticed that this screening was, among other, attended by people affiliated with Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Variety.  I even spent some time inside the cinema, as an usher helping latecomers find seats.

After I was relieved from the “ghosts” screening, I was sent to another press screening, where I basically ended up minding the door until my shift was over.

Tomorrow, I will officially become an attendee of the festival, when I head to a screening of “The Dog Problem.”  My next volunteer log will be after my next shift on Tuesday.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).