Sarah Silcox – Marketing Coordinator
Sarah works with the marketing director to promote the Heartland Film brand using social media, design, writing, public relations and various marketing strategies. Additionally, Sarah is responsible for adding new and compelling content to Heartland Film’s website, blog and social media channels.
An avid lover of multimedia storytelling, Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Indiana University. Before working at Heartland Film, Sarah held internships with NBCUniversal, KCETLink-Los Angeles and the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington, Indiana. Sarah is a film and television addict who also loves writing essays, reading and working on her own creative projects.
How long have you been working at Heartland Film? What did you do before joining the staff?
I’ve been working for Heartland Film since the end of February 2015. Before working here, I was a student at Indiana University and held some internships with the WonderLab Museum, KCET-Los Angeles and NBCUniversal while I was in college.
Complete the following sentence: I love my job because…
I love my job because I genuinely love independent film and the unique opportunities I have had since starting here. I am already learning so much and I really love my co-workers.
What were some of your favorite films growing up?
According to my mother, I was obsessed with two of the creepiest Disney movies when I was a toddler: Pinocchio and Dumbo. In middle school, I remember being obsessed with the Mary-Kate and Ashley movie It Takes Two. I would always want to rent that VHS whenever my parents took me to Blockbuster; I have no idea why I didn’t just buy my own copy.
Name some of your all-time favorite films.
- Amelie (2001, Jean-Pierre Jeaunet)
- Almost Famous (2000, Cameron Crowe)
- Rushmore (1998, Wes Anderson)
- 500 Days of Summer (2009, Marc Webb)
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012, Stephen Chbosky)
Do you have any favorite filmmakers/directors? What do you like about their work?
Yes! At the top of my head, I would have to say Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater and Michel Gondry. With Wes Anderson and Michel Gondry, I love their artistic style, attention to detail and quirkiness. And I love Richard Linklater as a director because of his passion for dialogue driven films that explore the big questions in life, as well as his commitment to his filmmaking–especially the Before Sunrise series and Boyhood.
What are your favorite feel-good movies, guilty pleasure movies or films that make you laugh?
If I had a lot of time, I’m sure I could come up with a hefty list, but at the top of my head I would say Mean Girls, Clueless and Pineapple Express.
Who are some of your favorite fictional characters? What do you like about them?
I love the “misunderstood guy with a heart of gold” character type like Tim Riggins from “Friday Night Lights” and Jesse Pinkman from “Breaking Bad”. But I also love the entire cast of both “Freaks & Geeks” (specifically Bill Haverchuck and Nick Andopolis) and “Parks & Recreation” (specifically Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer). Basically if you cannot already tell, I get overly attached to fictional characters and this list could go on exponentially.
What do you like to do when you are not working or watching movies?
I love to read, get overly invested in TV shows, go for walks, write essays and go on coffee dates with friends.
What are your top three karaoke songs, or songs that you love to belt out when you are driving alone?
- “Confessions Pt. II” by Usher
- “Let Me Love You” by Mario
- “Hold On We’re Going Home” by Drake
Is there a special talent and/or superpower that you wish you had?
If I could have a special talent, I would love to be able to sing. And if I could have a superpower, I would want to teleport because that would make traveling so much easier and affordable.
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 have thought about this scenario way more than any sane person should, so I have way too many people in mind. To keep it simple, I would love to have a 70s or 80s themed party and invite everyone that was on the guest list for SNL 40, plus Amy Schumer, the Broad City gals, Drake, Aaron Paul, Jamie Dornan, Blake Anderson, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch. Oh and all members of The Beatles, obviously. I would say Bob Dylan too, but I feel like he would just be kind of a downer and sit alone in the corner by himself.
What advice would you give the younger version of yourself?
If I could give advice to my younger self, I would say (1) stop worrying so much, (2) don’t be afraid to dance your heart out, and (3) choose your friends wisely.