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Meet a Fantastic Fest First-Timer: Cat Edison

Cat Edison -- Fantastic Fest First Timer
by Jason Whyte

“I grew up in South Texas (born in Oklahoma, but you don't admit to that in Texas), close to the coast and grew up in the water. I moved to Austin in 2001 and wouldn't dream of leaving! For a living, or barely living, I work for an audiologist as marketing manager, but I only manage myself since I'm the only one in the marketing department. I am also a mommy to a six-year-old girl and almost one-year-old boy. I essentially picked the craziest and busiest time of my life to follow what I really love and start writing for Screen Invasion, and I really do love it.” Cat Edison, who is attending Fantastic Fest for the first time this year.

Do you attend any other film festivals around the year? If so what are your favorite things about those festivals?

This past year I have attended South By Southwest and the ATX Television Festival. I love the excitement of SXSW and the red carpets, but I really love meeting like-minded people, being able to sit down next to people that you don't know and instantly having something in common, namely your love for film or television. My favorite part of the ATX Television Fest was how accessible everyone was; particularly getting to be witness to and part of great conversations with television personalities sharing their own favorite shows and TV moments at the opening night party.

What made you decide to attend Fantastic Fest this year?

I have always wanted to attend Fantastic Fest and am really excited about this year. I wanted to take part because it is so uniquely Austin, the Alamo Drafthouse is the only theater that we go to for movies and there is no place I would rather spend a week. I also feel like this is a true film lover’s festival and you don't take part unless you are really into film.

What are some of your favorite types of films? (And least favorite types of films if you are so bold)

My favorite types of films are horror, sci-fi and comedy. My first date with my husband was to a Master Pancake (Alamo Drafthouse's version of Mystery Science Theater) showing of Planet of the Apes combining my love of humor and sci-fi and I think once he saw my meager but very specifically focused DVD collection it sealed the deal. My least favorite types of films are what might be deemed girly films, but I have to come to grips with being a girly movie fan too, girly does not equal bad. My least favorite types then are Michael Bay-esque powerhouse films with little substance to go along with their action.

What do you expect to see when you arrive in Austin for Fantastic Fest this year?

I expect to see a lot my kind of people ready to have a lot of fun. I expect to see crazy shit; it’s Austin and I don’t know what kind of crazy to expect, but I expect crazy.

Do you plan to see only movies at Fantastic Fest, or attend parties, or a little bit of both? What's your gameplan?

I absolutely plan to do both and take part in as much as I can. Game plan…if only I had the time to put together a game plan. I’m going to do what I can when I can, whatever that entails. I’ve learned you have to be able to go with the flow at events like this.

Are you planning to hit up any barbecue or any non-Fantastic Fest events during the festival?

I am absolutely planning to hit up non-fantastic fest events and a barbecue joint during the festival. This is a great excuse for me to take advantage of being out an about sans kids for a bit and hit up my favorite place, for my favorite bar food, Casino El Camino on 6th Street and Sam's BBQ on East 12th!

Overall, what are you looking forward to the MOST at Fantastic Fest 2012?

I am most looking forward to meeting new friends, making new connections in the industry, meeting people I never thought I'd have the chance to meet; you know, the ones responsible for the art for we love so much. Most of all I am looking forward to seeing great films with others who love them as much as I!

Finally, a question I ask everyone...what is your all time favorite motion picture, and why?

Deciding on an all time favorite movie is always so tough. I instantly go back to movies I saw as a kid when asked this question. The Neverending Story is still my favorite film. It is just pure emotion, beauty and imagination and was so magical to me. This, Labrynth and Goonies are films I can still watch and get that thrill I got when I was a kid and it really takes me back to a time when I just believed in everything and I love that feeling. Being able to now share these movies with my daughter really brings things full circle and makes me happier than anything.

Cat Edison writes and works for Screen Invasion. You can follow her adventures from Fantastic Fest on her Twitter HERE.

Jason Whyte,

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