Hello, my name is Madison Pleins and I am delighted to say I am this year’s Screenshot Asia Film Festival Intern. I’m a sophomore Film and Media Studies major pursuing a minor in Political Science and a certificate in Broadcast. Outside of classwork, I am a piccolo player in Pitt’s Varsity Marching Band, a delegate on the band council, the History and Alumni Liaison for the band service organization, Tau Beta Sigma, and a member of Pitt’s student run film and television club, UPTV.
I am very excited to hold this position because I have a strong passion for film and visual arts. Ever since middle school AV club, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career within the film or television industry and so I was led to the Film and Media Studies major at Pitt. Although I have only completed one year of college, I already have experience in shooting and editing video, learning film history, and working with the management side of the film and television industries. With Screenshot Asia, I have the opportunity to build upon these skills through a cultural lens and share my love for watching films with the Pitt community.
As the October 6th-10th SCREENSHOT: Asia Film Festival quickly approaches, the Asian Studies Center has been hard at work finalizing each and every detail of the five days of screenings. So far, I personally have updated the festival trailer to include the films chosen for this year, designed the festival’s laurels, and performed some organizational tasks based on scheduling.
After a year of completely virtual events, I have learned to appreciate experiences that I would have, in the past, taken for granted. Watching movies with a live audience, is one of those examples. I am looking forward to the Screenshot Asia Film Festival and cannot wait to share the work that has been done and view films with an in-person audience once again!