Meet Micki Nordeen, Our WUD Film Committee Festivals Associate Director!
Year in school: Junior
Majors: Marketing and Communication Arts (Radio/TV/Film)
How long have you been a member of WUD/Hoofers?
"I joined WUD Film first semester last year. Even though I joined as a sophomore, I was immediately presented with opportunities to get more involved with the organization and get to know other members better through helping out with films and attending subcommittee meetings and social events! This last summer, I was Summer Coordinator for the Art Committee and was able to learn so much about the world of art, managing galleries, and putting on receptions. This semester, I’ve been serving as Festivals Associate Director for WUD Film with the task of organizing the fall festival in the Marquee."
Why did you join WUD/Hoofers?
"I love movies! During my first year here, I attended films curated by the committee and admired the work they did to bring movies of all different types to campus. I joined WUD Film as a sophomore after going to the organization fair and chatting with some enthusiastic and encouraging members who all told me joining WUD Film was one of the best parts of their college experience; I now know what they meant."
What do you do in your role with WUD/Hoofers?
"In my current role as Festivals Associate Director, I was given the responsibility of planning and executing the fall festival that we have in the Marquee Theater in Union South each year. This requires me to run subcommittee meetings each week and has involved doing a committee-wide vote on the theme of the festival, curating the films to be played, acquiring the rights from distributors, and marketing the festival. With the help of the subcommittee, the Hyphenated-Americans Film Festival was really pulled together with a slate of movies that we are thrilled about showing in the Marquee!"
How did the idea for this semester's Hyphenated Americans Film Festival come about?
"We really wanted to get the entire committee involved in coming up with a theme for the film festival, so we reached out to everyone to submit ideas and then took it to a vote in a general meeting. Jasmin, our Alternative AD, was the first to bring up the idea of the Hyphenated-Americans Film Festival, a festival with a lineup of films to tell stories of all different American experiences, highlighting the idea that all Americans are Hyphenated-Americans. So many other committee members were thrilled about the idea, and the theme won the vote. We flushed out the specifics of the theme in the subcommittee as a group and created the lineup!"
What films are you most excited about for the film festival and why?
"I am thrilled that we are bringing the film “Dolores” to the Marquee. It’s a documentary about Dolores Huerta, a revolutionary of the farm labor movement and civil rights activist, whose story is not nearly as known as it should be.
I am also very excited about “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World,” a music documentary about the role of Native Americans in the shaping of American music culture- I’ve always been really into music and I’m not really familiar with how big of a role Indigenous influence has played in shaping modern music genres.
Finally, I cannot wait to see Hasan Minhaj’s standup comedy special “Homecoming King” in the Marquee. This is my favorite comedy show from the last few years, the content is really relevant, and Hasan Minhaj has really taken the world of comedy by storm in the recent past, highlighting his specific experiences as a first-generation citizen. It should be a blast to see this on the big screen with a live audience."
If there was one thing you could make sure everyone knew about WUD/Hoofers, what would it be?
"We play movies for free every week at the Marquee! Haha but in addition to that, joining WUD has been such an amazing experience, and regardless of your past knowledge in music, film, art, or anything else, you can find a place in WUD to learn, grow, and meet amazing new friends."
The Hyphenated Americans Film Festival runs November 9-12th at the Marquee in Union South. The full lineup can be found here.