An Interview with Artistic Coordinator Jackie Jones

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Jackie Jones

Jaclyn Jones – Artistic Coordinator

Jackie works with Heartland Film’s artistic director to streamline the Heartland Film Festival submissions process, which includes film research, print traffic, screening committees, filmmaker communication and more. Additionally, Jackie helps manage film programming interns and other programs, including the Truly Moving Picture Award.

Before working for Heartland Film full time, Jackie earned her stripes as a two-time film programming intern and a seasonal programming assistant/print traffic coordinator the 2013 Heartland Film Festival. Jackie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).


How long have you been working at Heartland Film and what did you do before joining the staff?

I’ve been a full-time employee at Heartland Film since January 2014. I’ve been involved with the organization since 2012, first as an intern and then as a seasonal hire. This was my first official job out of college and before that I was working an array of jobs at Subway, AMC and Family Video.

Complete the following sentence: I love my job because…

I love my job because I genuinely enjoy everything that I do here. I am able to learn new things and take something positive away every day.

What was one of your favorite films growing up?

The first movie I remember seeing that really affected me was Forrest Gump, when I was eight or nine years old. It is one of the first movies that really fed my imagination and changed the way I saw the world; I even began trying to run everywhere after that!

Name some of your all-time favorite films.

  1. City Lights (1931, Charlie Chaplin)
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo del Toro)
  3. Bronson (2008, Nicolas Winding Refn)
  4. Kill List (2011, Ben Wheatley)
  5. Life Is Beautiful (1997, Roberto Benigni)
  6. A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)

Do you have any favorite filmmakers/directors? What do you like about their work?

  1. Nicolas Winding Refn: I really love his philosophy on filmmaking and his ability to create “cool films” with such a unique style.
  2. Charlie Chaplin: I love his beautiful silent films and the way he is able to get emotion across. You can go from giggling to crying in an instant while watching his films; he really knows how to hit your heart.
  3. Stanley Kubrick: I love his style, obsessiveness and attention to detail.

What are your favorite feel-good movies, guilty pleasure movies or films that make you laugh?

What Women Want and Joe Dirt. I feel really good about my choices.

Who are some of your favorite fictional characters? What do you like about them?

I’m going to have to go with The Tramp from Charlie Chaplin’s movies because he has so much heart and is cute as a button and Gal (played by Michael Smiley) from Kill List because he is a really great supporting character.

What do you like to do when you are not working or watching movies?

I love to read. Lately I’ve been working my way through some of Martin McDonagh’s screenplays and theatrical plays like The Pillowman.

What are your top three karaoke songs, or songs that you love to belt out when you are driving alone?

  1. “How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee Gees
  2. “Mercy” by Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Pusha T
  3. “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

Is there a special talent and/or superpower that you wish you had?

If I could have any superpower, I think it would be telekinesis. And as far as real life talents are concerned, I would love to be able to hold my breath for a really long time.

You’re throwing a party and you can invite anyone in the world (dead or alive, famous, historical, etc.) –who would you invite and would the party have a theme?

I would love to have a David Lynch themed party and invite Kyle MacLachlan.

What advice would you give the younger version of yourself?

I would tell myself that if there is ever a special screening of The Silence of the Lambs in theaters to go see it.

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