Archive for the ‘Interviews’ category

The Kitty Corner: An Interview With Raquel Stecher of “Out of the Past”

The Kitty Packard Pictorial is pleased to be back with another installment of “The Kitty Corner,” a series spotlighting some of the very best film blogs on the web, and the masterminds behind them. Today, The Pictorial sits down with Raquel Stecher of “Out Of The Past.”A book industry professional based out of Boston, Stecher’s blog has chronicled her growth as a film fan–a fascinating, insightful journey that she’s been sharing with readers for over six years. Stecher sat down with the Pictorial to discuss the impact classic films have had on her life

THE KITTY PACKARD PICTORIAL
Let’s start off with a bit of background. Anyone who follows your blog knows that you’ve been running the classic film blog “Out of the Past” for over six years now. Would you care to tell us about how and why you decided to take your love of film to blogging?

RAQUEL STECHER
I started my blog years ago out of a desperate need to talk about classic movies to someone—anyone. I had so much to say and only one person to talk to, my coworker Frank. And I was already talking his ear off. I needed an outlet and “Out of the Past” was born.

KP
So then classic movies, up that point, had been pretty much an isolated experience for you?

RS
Yes. I get really passionate about my interests and if I can’t find many people to share those interests with, I’m OK with that. But there was something about classic movies. I needed to watch them and talk about them. I really wanted to find other people who shared my interest and would listen to me. Read more ►

The Kitty Corner: An Interview with Jessica Pickens of Comet Over Hollywood

The Kitty Packard Pictorial is pleased to be back with another installment of the Kitty Corner, a series spotlighting some of the very best film blogs on the web, and the masterminds behind them. Today, The Pictorial sits down with the lovely Jessica Pickens of “Comet Over Hollywood.” Pickens, a journalist based out of South Carolina, has been blogging since 2009 and her adventures in the classic filmdom have brought her into the company of legendary actresses such as Dolores Hart,  this year’s Turner Classic Movies Film Festival– and into the hearts of classic film lovers. Pickens sat down with The Pictorial to talk about her career as a journalist and classic film blogger.

The Kitty Packard Pictorial: I think it’s safe to say that in the classic film blogosphere, your blog “Comet Over Hollywood” is one of the most loved, and certainly one of the most consistently well-written. The question I ask to start off with any blogger is: How would you define “Comet Over Hollywood,” and why does it exist?

Jessica Pickens: Back in 2009 when I was a sophomore in college, I guess I felt frustrated because no one around me understood why classic films were so great. I thought, “Surely there is a way I can spread the word and get people to understand.” This was pre-Twitter popularity. Blogging was something my journalism professors said we should do and most of us weren’t. We sort of dismissed it. But then I thought, maybe a blog is just how I could do that. “Comet Over Hollywood” is really just a place where I express my film love, and maybe try to present things to people in a way they may not have thought of. Like, Rebecca and Elephant Walk being so similar– or even doing the [classic movie] beauty tips. Read more ►

The Kitty Corner: An Interview with Ivan Shreve of THE THRILLING DAYS OF YESTERYEAR

The Kitty Packard Pictorial is pleased to be back with another installment of the Kitty Corner, a new series spotlighting some of the very best film blogs on the web, and the masterminds behind them. This time, The Pictorial sits down with Ivan Shreve, whose blog Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is one of the most exhaustive, eclectic, entertaining blogs on film and nostalgia in existence. Shreve, who also serves as the associate editor over at ClassicFlix (Netflix for the classic movie buff), has been exploring the depths of classic film and nostalgic television and radio since 2006, and he graciously agreed to sit down with The Pictorial for a stroll down memory lane.

 THE KITTY PACKARD PICTORIAL:  So, to start off with a bit of poetic waxing: Your blog Thrilling Days of Yesteryear was one of the first blogs that I stumbled across when I first ventured into the blogosphere, and the sheer scope of it awed me– still does! Just how would you describe Thrilling Days of Yesteryear and why does it exist? Read more ►

The Kitty Corner: An Interview with Brandie Ashe of True Classics

The Kitty Packard Pictorial is pleased as punch to introduce the Kitty Corner, a new series spotlighting some of the very best film blogs on the web, and the masterminds behind them. We kick things off with Brandie Ashe, webmistress of the much loved True Classics. A professional writer, Brandie has been blogging since 2009 and shares with us the story behind her blog, her love of classic films, and how the classic film community has changed her life.

The Kitty Packard Pictorial: Brandie, your website, True Classics, has come to be known among your readers as one of the foremost online destinations for truly fine reflection on classic film. Keeping that up month after month must be a true labor of love: tell us a bit about how the idea of True Classics was born.

Brandie Ashe: I have to admit that True Classics was my little brainstorm–and a pretty badly-timed one at that. Back in 2009, my friend Carrie and I were both in graduate school: she was getting her Master’s in social work, and I was pursuing an MA in English. We were in Georgia–I was in Milledgeville, and she in Athens. Since we were only about an hour apart, we spent a lot of weekends hanging out together, usually at her place, because she had Turner Classic Movies and I, sadly, did not. We spent many a weekend watching classic movies, and one day we caught a strange little musical on TCM called Cinderella Jones (1946). This film was so full of genuine ‘what-the-fuckery’ that we both felt the need to share our feelings about it. But how to do that? So I thought, ‘Hey, let’s start a classic film blog!’ And Carrie, bless her heart, decided to go along with my crazy scheme. Seriously, what were we thinking? We’re both in grad school and time is a premium, but we want to start yet another project? We were insane. Read more ►

Those Damn-Fine Damfinos: A Chat with the International Buster Keaton Society

The Kitty Packard Pictorial recently sat down with the Vice President of the International Buster Keaton Society for a chat about all things Keaton… and Damfino.

Some of silent film’s greatest legends are alive and well on a sleepy tree-lined street in West Hollywood. Douglas, Charlie, Roscoe, Rudy and Max (respectively) bullet out the front door in a kinetic burst of energy, every bit as charming as their silver screen counterparts, and nuzzle me up their front stoop. The rambunctious crew of spaniels belong to the lady waiting for me at the door. Dr Tracey Goessel: Vice President of the International Buster Keaton Society, Douglas Fairbanks historian supreme, an all around swell dame and owner of the most infectious little bunch of bow-wows in town.

With Doug and Charlie playing at my feet, I joined Goessel in her sitting room for a chat about the man of the hour, silent film legend Buster Keaton, and the venerable institution founded in his honor: The Damfinos. Read more ►