TIFF09: Back to Basics

Last year, I really thought I finished on a high note as a normal volunteer and I was ready to move up and become a captain.

Sadly those captain ambitions never turned out and I was back in the peon role for my fourth year as a volunteer.

It is probably fitting that this ended up being a non-eventful shift.

I only ended up having two tasks during the whole shift, the longest one being at a P&I screening of the film Ajami. I have to say the most eventful moment of the whole day was when I had a brief confrontation with a patron, who were complaining how the re-admittance slips (little paper tokens that keep track of who is temporarily out of the theatre) are unsanitary.

This was the earliest shift I ever had at the festival (I usually start on the Saturday) and it also had one of my earliest sign-outs (45 minute before the end). Hopefully tomorrow will be more exciting.

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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).