Chris Hamel — How Film Culture is Building a Community

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This week on Detail Therapy with Amy Landino, Chris Hamel joins the show

(0:47) What to expect from today’s chat

(1:14) Welcome | AmyTV

(1:36) Success & glamour in Columbus

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INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS HAMEL

Chris Hamel is the president of the Gateway Film Center. The Film Center is the first of its kind in the area to offer a diverse mix of commercial and independent viewing experiences.

(5:15) Why do you advocate for the film industry?
The power of visual storytelling.

(6:03) How do you explain to others what you do? | Gateway Film Center

(7:24) Amy was on Chris’s advocacy committee | Columbus is one of the most screened cities in the US!

(9:16) What is it like balancing blockbusters vs. independent films when choosing features?  

(12:31) How do you decide what to feature?
Festival Darlings | World Cinema Films

(13:50) What’s the secret? | Knowing who you’re doing ‘it’ for.
Be clear & don’t compromise on your values.

(15:09) Valentine’s Day event | Cult 101 | Horror 101 | The Candyman | VHS Screening

(19:45) Groundhog Day Challenge

(20:54) Building a community

(21:51) How did you get started in movies & into the Gateway Film Center?

(24:55) What was the hardest part of choosing to stay in Columbus and run the Film Center?

(26:10) Does the passion for the job make it worth sticking around?

(26:57) What is it like to go to the Sundance Film Festival | Toronto Film Festival

(28:24) Creating an immersive experience

(30:16) Who do you think will have the best chance at ‘Best Picture’ at the Oscars | Roma

(32:10) What is your day like? | Morning Routine & Daily Tasks

(34:43) The secret sauce | First screen vs. second screen

(36:16) The cinema experience | Unplug for a while
Not fearing streaming services

(37:27) A Star is Born

(38:24) Who have you met that caused you to nerd out? | Robert Rodriguez
Alita: Battle Angel | Sin City

(40:12) What do you do to take care of yourself?
Vegetarian | Low Caffeine | Quiet-Mode weekends | Reader | Basketball & Kids

(41:28) Son’s College Career plans | Ohio University | Music Major

(42:07) What do you read?  
Still Alice | Business & Organizational Behavior: Seven Habits, Workbook | Podcasts: L3 Leadership

(44:22) The recipe for success | Seeking first to understand & practice active listening | How to Win Friends and Influence People

(41:28) Son’s College Career plans | Ohio University | Music Major

(48:33) Accolades | Sundance, one of the 20 Best Art Houses in North America,
Cosmopolitan’s Coolest Movie Theater in Ohio

(49:27) What does it mean to you to go after the life you want?

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(50:40) Detail Recap:

  • Do what’s right for your community. It’ll benefit everyone long term. Stay focused on who you are doing things for, truly.

  • Be clear about your goals and stick with your instincts. Know that it’s going to take time to get there and no matter how much success you’ve had, you may need to do a little bit more to reach your goals.

  • Offer challenges to your community to build a relationship. Hello, Groundhog challenge! Much like VEDA (Vlog Every Day in April/August) for Amy’s audience.

  • Multitasking while consuming. Notice the times where you can be consuming content and still getting other things done (email & podcast listening).

 

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