CIFF's Anthony Kaufman Answers Five Questions
October 17, 2019 by Screenmag
It's Year 55 for the longest-running film festival in North America, the Chicago International Film Festival. As this fabulous fest gets underway this week, showcasing more than 200 films from over 60 countries through October 27, Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman answers Five Questions With SCREEN.
SCREEN: It's time for the Chicago International Film Festival! What should we add to our must-attend or must-see list?
ANTHONY: Go beyond all the starry Hollywood movies that are going to be in theaters and streaming anyway, and check out the weird (The Twentieth Century, Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway), the wonderful (Love Child, The County) and the transcendent (The Fever, Fire Will Come).
SCREEN: Worst job you’ve ever had?
ANTHONY: Cleaning butter from the popcorn maker at a New York movie theater.
SCREEN: Your greatest athletic achievement?
ANTHONY: Athletic? When I was in middle school, there was a student-vs.-teacher softball game, and I was in the lazy position of right field. Suddenly, there was a pop fly in my direction, and I hit it with my glove, it popped up again, and then I caught it!
SCREEN: Your go-to karaoke song? Why?
ANTHONY: Ever since trying to sing “New York, New York” in a karaoke bar outside of Boston during a Yankees-Sox World Series game, I was scarred for life and have sworn off it.
SCREEN: Best thing you ever ate?
ANTHONY: Most recently, fish tacos at a tapas restaurant in Barcelona.
SCREEN: Favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
ANTHONY: It’s not guilty about watching and finishing “The Americans,” which is the best show I’ve seen in a long time, maybe ever, but I am guilty about how much I missed it, and want to be part of Phillip and Elizabeth’s life again.