TCM Spotlight: Fan Programmers
Here are just a few examples of the varied and fascinating choices of these very special guests. Shane Fleming of New York, N.Y. the youngest of our fan programmers, has seen Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times (1936) "at least a dozen times." He considers Chaplin a true artist since "instead of just throwing slapstick at the audience, he added heart." Steve Hayes, also of New York, selects the Gordon Douglas classic Them! (1954) "because it was not only innovative and helped set the tone for countless sci-fi and horror films, but because it's such fun!"
Glenn Taranto of Los Angeles introduces a TCM premiere, Went the Day Well? (1942), a seldom-seen drama about the attempted German invasion of a British village during World War II. Glenn first saw the movie at a TCM Classic Film Festival and considers it his "greatest movie-going experience...where the audience shared every emotion--laughing, crying, gasps, cheers." Matt Roush of New York chooses Vincente Minnelli's The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), "a sour valentine to genius...a movie-movie about movies."
Other fan programmers are Craig Shemin, Hannah Kass, Alberto Ferreras and Peter Tulba of New York; Tiffany Vazquez of Bronx, N.Y.; Michelle Curtis of Winter Garden, Fla.; Pat Hill-Yandell and Dominique Breckenridge of Plano, Tex.; Whitney Matheson of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Stefanie Del Papa of Miami, Fla.; Kim McShane of Tallahassee, Fla.; Onalee McGraw of Front Royal, Va.; Petri Hawkins Byrd of Elk Grove, Calif.; Robert Best of Los Angeles, Calif.; Sara Harmon of Bel Aire, Kan.; and Laura Ackerman Pauze of Granville, Ohio.