Caroline Breder-Watts has been curating and hosting film programs throughout South Florida for the past twenty years. The following is an excerpt from her blog Cinematically Speaking:
Yes, I admit it. I’m a movie nerd.
I mean that in the most positive way possible. I think all areas of interest, whether they be food, fashion, sex or Star Wars, have nerds. It started for me in childhood. Back in the 1960s, three channels were all you had on your television screen, so you tended to watch what your parents watched. Thankfully, my mother was also a movie nerd. It rubbed off quickly, and grew from there. Horror films, silent films, musicals, comedies – we watched them and loved them all. As I grew into adulthood, movies have been an escape, a safe haven and a method of time travel. You don’t need a time machine. Watch a movie from another era, and you’re there.
I consider myself unbelievably lucky that I came of age in the 1970’s, as I think that was truly Hollywood’s golden era. Because of my height, people always assumed I was older than I was, allowing me to get into films that were probably too mature for me, but made an indelible impact on my life. There will never be a film scarier for me that The Exorcist, funnier than Blazing Saddles, more heart rending than Midnight Cowboy, or as mesmerizing as The Godfather (both of them). How could there be? I watched them at a time when my mind and my heart were completely open. That’s why we carry the films of our youth with us throughout our lives – because of the people we were when we first saw them.
However, I also firmly believe that each era has films of wonder and brilliance. As discouraged as I get sometimes with Hollywood’s current preoccupation with youth and super heroes, something eventually comes along that restores my faith in the business. That’s why it’s so important to keep watching and discussing film. Seek out those gems that aren’t featured at the local movie plex. Watch as much as you can of Turner Classic Movies. Get a Netflix subscription and watch scenes, listen to lines, over and over again.
To paraphrase Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, movies are “the stuff dreams are made of”. Indeed.
Caroline Breder-Watts has enjoyed a diverse career in the South Florida arts community for the past 25 years, with projects in radio, theater and film. While serving as Director of Communications for the late, great Florida Stage, she started a concurrent career in public broadcasting in 1992 at WXEL-FM in Boynton Beach, and spent the next 19 years in a variety of capacities, including pledge producer and host of two programs on the arts, South Florida Artsview and Listening to Movies. She has also worked as host and producer for Classical South Florida and WLRN-FM in Miami. She now serves as Pledge Producer for that station, and also hosts, writes and produces Sunday Breakfast with the Arts. Caroline co-founded www.artsradionetwork.com with her husband, fellow radio producer John Watts, and serves as its Executive Director.
Caroline’s lifelong passion for film has manifested itself in developing film programs for a variety of organizations. They include:
Creative City Collaborative
Delray Beach Center for the Arts
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
Humphrey Bogart Film Festival
Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County
Norton Museum of Art
Palm Beach State College
Toward a More Perfect Union
Caroline recently served as a juror for the 2015/16 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, and is working on film programming for several organizations. To speak to Caroline about creating a film program for your venue, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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