PRESHOW FILM INTRODUCTIONS for GIGI AUG. 25 AT 7:30 P.M. (Gordon Smith)
THE BAND WAGON AUG. 26 AT 3:30 P.M. (Greg Gross)
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS AUG. 26 AT 7:30 P.M. (Kelly Kitchens)
THE PIRATE AUG. 27 AT 2:30 P.M. (Jeff Gordon)
ON THE TOWN AUG. 27 AT 5 P.M. (Adriana Bate)
Closing Party speaker Aug. 27 AT 7:15 P.M. (Christy Putnam) Update: We're sorry to say Christy will be unable attend the festival on Sunday. We look forward to her return next year!
MCFF Film Announcer (Bruce Calvert)
Special guests include:
Gordon K. Smith Dallas-based writer, Gordon K. Smith, is a filmmaker, film historian, critic and lifelong movie geek. He earned a B.A. degree in telecommunications from Texas Tech University, and was one of the first and longest employees of Blockbuster Entertainment, where he wrote all those little blurbs on the back of the VHS boxes everyone took home. In his work as a film and television historian, he contributed research for the AMC Network interview shows “Reflections On The Silver Screen” and “Movies 101,” as well as documentaries for the A&E and Lifetime Channel networks. Gordon’s work in reviving the 1962 cult film CARNIVAL OF SOULS resulted in a 1990 interview on National Public Radio. His other performing arts escapades include three years as a late-night TV horror host in Florida, a cameo role in 2015’s DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT 2, and being levitated on a couch by David Copperfield.
Greg Gross Greg Gross holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a major in Music Composition. He also has a decades long successful business career in Merchandise Management for the Technology and Consumer Electronics industries, responsible for businesses as large as $150 million. In addition to possessing an extensive knowledge of music history and theory, he grew up in a family that loved classic films, which has led to a dedicated, lifelong study of the subject. His driving passion is the musical and cinematic culture of 20th Century America.
Kelly Kitchens Kelly is a lifelong classic movie fan. While growing up, some of the most memorable weeks at a revival theater for Kelly were Fred & Ginger week, Hepburn & Tracy week, BLONDIE week, and, of course, Judy Garland week. Kelly's love of film, music, art, theater, and worthy causes drove her to pursue a career as an entertainment journalist for several publications in Dallas. For the past 22 years, she has been on the other side of the media game working as a film publicist with clients like Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas—DFW, Dallas VideoFest, 24-Hour Video Race, Dallas International Film Festival, and the McKinney Classic Film Festival as well as many others. She has attended all 8 years of the TCM Classic Film Festivals and as many other classic film festivals across the country as she can take off work to attend.
Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon is a noted film historian, currently based in Dallas, Texas, whose work has appeared in Classic Images, Films of the Golden Age, Focus on Film, and numerous other entertainment-oriented publications. He is also the author of Foxy Lady, An Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari, about golden era Hollywood film actress, Lynn Bari. In 1984 he formed Jagarts, a retail business and rental archive dealing with the history of American movies through graphic art, photography and publicity. Jeff had been at the helm of a cinema society in New York City for seven years, ending his run with it in 2003. In 2004 he founded a film group in Knoxville, TN, and carried it through 120 programs during a 12–year period. He has been passionate about vintage movies and filmmaking since his childhood, and he earned degrees in Film Production and Cinema Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU, Jeff was mentored by William K. Everson, the dean of film historians, who encouraged him to write about movies—which Jeff will always appreciate.
Adriana Bate Adriana is perhaps best known in Dallas as the afternoon host on WRR Classical 101 from 2006 – 2009. She writes occasional columns for the Dallas Morning News as part of the DMN Community Voices program and is an award-winning actress whose work in Los Angeles, New York and regionally ranges from Neil Simon to Shakespeare including Vivian Bearing in Wit, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Gertrude in Hamlet, both Maria and Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew.
Christy Putnam (See Update) Christy Putnam, M.A., a native Houstonian, has been writing about classic film since June 2010. Ms. Putnam has attended all seven TCM Film Festivals in Hollywood, and has been a TCM Film Festival Social Producer the last two years. Her TCM Fan Perspective Interview, filmed in 2010, is still screened on the TCM channel several times a year. She is an administrator of The Silver Screen Oasis, and her articles on various aspects of classic films have appeared in news outlets such as Examiner.com, The Houston Chronicle, The Baytown Sun, Houston Community Newspapers, and Noir City. Currently a college English instructor in Houston, Texas, Christy is a go-to presenter at various national conferences. Her pet project at the moment is developing a biography of character actress Thelma Ritter.
Bruce Calvert Bruce Calvert started collecting 16mm films featuring Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin as a teenager. He has a bachelors' degree in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas. He has written for Classic Images magazine and is an advisor to the Kansas Silent Film Festival. He has been collecting memorabilia from the silent film era for more than twenty years. He supplies photos to authors and magazines writing about the silent era. His collection can be viewed online at http://www.silentfilmstillarchive.com . Bruce is a moderator at the online movie forum www.nitrateville.com. He currently works as a computer programmer in Plano.