Content written and compiled by Andrea Pierson and Sean Rickey; posted by Dustin Jenkins
Meet the Student Workers of the Athena Cinema
As the 42nd Athens International Film and Video Festival (AIFVF) approaches its last two days, the web team would like to take the time to thank the undergraduate student workers of the Athena Cinema. Because of their commitment and passion the Athena is able serve the community and filmmakers around the globe, providing quality customer service and clean and functional exhibition spaces. We are pleased to introduce some of the students:
Julianne Davis (Junior studying Accounting, Business Pre-Law)
Julianne has worked at the Athena for one year. This is her second AIFVF. When asked what makes the Athena Cinema different from other theater experiences, she talked about the opportunity to show movies that people would never get to see. Not so much that the films are unattainable, but that people would not think to look for them. The festival is a fun time for the Athena crew as well. The festival draws in more people but most importantly it offers free movies. The festival provides opportunities for independent filmmakers and audiences alike, which Davis has not seen at other theaters. Davis says she really enjoys the Special Events that the Athena showcases throughout the year. Her favorite was the Zombieland screening for Halloween last fall.
Glenn has only worked at the Athena for three months but is excited to be working at his first AIFVF. “Free movies to students—I dig it!” he says. The Athena is unique in that it provides many opportunities. The festival is “busy but exciting” and well worth the time. The festival brings filmmakers, students and “townies” (local Athens natives) together and it is a “different kind of experience” for going out to the movies. He really recommends the Athena’s $4-Tuesdays—all movies for only $4!
Megan Popke (Sophomore, Nursing)
Megan has worked at the Athena for two years. She is fascinated by the amount of people the Athena accesses. Many people, many countries, and interesting films come in every week for screenings. Even the local Shagbark popcorn sparks interesting conversations with theater attendees. All she has to say about the festival to the Ohio University student population is, “you have to go to it before you graduate!”
Ashley Thomas (Sophomore, Media Arts and Studies)
Ashley has worked at the Athena for two years. She enjoys the types of movies the Athena brings in—there is a wide range and so there is always something for everyone. Simply put, “The Athena is awesome!”
The Athena Cinema is awesome, and is a close-knit family. Sean Rickey (Senior, Photography + Integrated Media) has been “popcorn-slinging” since 2010 and it has been the most fun. The Athens International Film and Video Festival can never come soon enough. But the Special Events keep the Athena alive and fresh throughout the year. If you have not made it out to the festival this year there are still screenings through the end of the day Thursday, April 9th. And be sure to say hi and thanks to all of the wonderful student workers of the Athena!
Athena Student Workers:
Derek Cravens, Josh Edwards, Sean Rickey, Ashley Thomas, Taylor Clark, Jacob Core, David Driver, Anya Ferguson, Joe Lyon, Joe Votaw, Corinne Barnhart, Julianne Davis, Zack Godwin, Chance Kiggins, Bill McAtee, Dillon Olmedo, Megan Popke, Melanie Potraz, Glenn Telus-Mensah, Wendy Weyers