May 3, 2017

Theresa is Rad: The Interview

We've never interviewed anyone over at Tape Freaks, so we recruited our silent partner Chris Grap for the task! We think he did pretty well, maybe we'll have to make him less silent more often...

When young Theresa took her first steps towards becoming a VHS kid, only one warning came from her mother: you can watch whatever movie you want, except Last House On the Left, Blue Velvet, or Pink Flamingos. So that weekend Theresa rented Last House On the Left, Blue Velvet, and Pink Flamingos, and a lifelong love of trash film was born!

Creative, witty, and relentless in her pursuit of the best movie and venue combos she can find, Theresa has curated the longest running roadshow of cinematic awesomeness in the Twin Cities. Her hopes for the community that's sprung up around her is for it to grow exponentially. As an only child, discovering oddities through USA's Up All Night or sweeping the video store shelves for the best VHS box art as a solo mission quickly made her realize watching these beauties alone wasn't nearly as fun as sharing them. The best part of spending two hours in the dark watching some under-appreciated, overlooked, really fun, or overblown movies, is doing so with the biggest group of people possible. So when Theresa screens a film, it doesn't matter if the movie's trash or if it's good, what matters most is finding like minded audience members to enjoy it with.

From grabbing a stack of VHS tapes and heading to a friends for movie-marathon sleepover to Trash Film Debauchery celebrating 14 years this October, the world is a better place because of Theres'a love of cinema and her undying urge to share it with everyone around her. Who knows where one of her screening will pop up next, but you can rest assured the next ragged gem is never too far away.

And now, for your reading entertainment, Theresa answers James Lipton's 10 questions:

What is your favorite word?
Really, it's "shit" 'cause I just say shit. It's just so good and means so many things!

What is your least favorite word?

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
It's boring but, a good sense of humor. Being able to laugh at yourself more specifically.

What turns you off?

What's your favorite curse word?

What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of the inside of a bee hive. Which is a weird answer but, I'm a bee keeper and its one of the most beautiful noises when you take the cover off and hear the–makes a noise which I can only assume is the exact noise one hears when opening a bee hive–and it's also one of the most beautiful smells ever. If I could live in a room that had the heat, the smell, and the sound of a bee hive, there's nothing I can think of that would be more relaxing.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of people eating. Specifically, the sound of people eating apples because it has that wet but like crunch and mouth open thing going on.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I do want to win a demolition derby, I don't know if that's an occupation but I would love to be in a demolition derby. I would also like to drive a monster truck. That would be fucking awesome! I've had this plan for most of my life, because in Caledonia (Minnesota) demolition derbies were a big thing, I've always wanted to enter, and win, a demolition derby in a hearse. It's the perfect demolition derby vehicle! It's all back-ended, you could soup it up and then you're unbeatable! You just have to get one of the old, steel frame Munster's looking cars.

What profession would you not like to do?
I would never like to be a project manager at a digital marketing agency again. Fuck that! Anything "agency life" where you have to schmooze with assholes, fuck that.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?Gotcha!

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