An Interview with Executive Assistant Abby Specht

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Abby Specht

Abby Specht – Executive Assistant

Abby works with Heartland Film’s president and board of directors on special projects throughout the year. Additionally, Abby helps manage First Friday events at Heartland Film’s office in Fountain Square.

Before working for Heartland Film full time, Abby paid her dues as a film programming intern and a seasonal marketing assistant for the 2013 Heartland Film Festival. Abby earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Biology Sciences from Indiana University.


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

I officially became a staff member in May 2013, but I worked as an intern and seasonal employee before that.  I started interning at Heartland Film the summer after I graduated from Indiana University thinking it was going to be for a few months before I went to grad school to become a Physicians Assistant or Biology researcher. But I loved it and never left!

Complete the following sentence: I love my job because…

We get to show audiences films that they wouldn’t normally have access to and we get to help filmmakers show off the films that they have put so much passion, time and hard work into creating.

What were some of your favorite films growing up?

I loved the Disney classics like The Lion King and Little Mermaid. But growing up with an older brother and guy cousins, I also loved Star Wars, Terminator and The Jerk.

Name some of your all-time favorite films.

  1. Shaun of the Dead (2004, Edgar Wright)
  2. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, Shane Black)
  3. Some Like It Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)

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

Yes, I love the tone and style of movies from by Coen Brothers and Wes Anderson.

What are some of your favorite feel-good/guilty pleasure movies?

Just Friends with Ryan Reynolds and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Who are three of your favorite fictional characters? 

  1. Sherlock Holmes in any adaptation of the character
  2. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice
  3. Any character from “Parks & Recreation”, specifically Lil’ Sebastian

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

I love to read! Currently, I am reading The Shining by Stephen King. I am also trying to beat the N64 game Zelda: The Ocarina of Time that I loved as a kid.

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

  1. “Sherry” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  2. “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  3. “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg

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

As a special talent, I would love to have a good sense of direction. As for a superpower, I would love to be able to teleport!

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?

The cast and crew of whatever TV show or movie I am obsessed with at the time of the party…and Bill Murray. He makes the party.

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