Drea Clark

Executive director and head of narrative feature programming at Slamdance Film Festival

Drea Clark, executive director and head of narrative feature programming at Slamdance Film Festival.

Book I’m reading: “Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together” by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Three books that mean a lot to me:
“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I have such dibs on Atticus Finch.
“A Prayer For Owen Meany” by John Irving. I HEART OWEN MEANY.
“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” by Dave Eggers. Ahh, Toph.

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What book would you like to see brought to the big screen and what book do you hope never gets adapted?
Really, I’d love to see any Stephen King book on the big screen – it’s almost impossible to poorly adapt his work, you know? The books I hope to never see on film are “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy… I just don’t think it would work. No audience.

Last film I saw:
”Juno,” directed by Jason Reitman. I have mad love for Diablo Cody, her script managed to both shout out Tino from My So Called Life and make the funniest Minnesotan suburb scenario since St. Olaf hit the Golden Girls. Midwest represent!

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Grey Gardens,” directed by Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Muffie Meyer. (“This is the revolutionary costume, I never wear this in East Hampton!”)
The Big Lebowski,” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. (“That rug really tied the room together.”)

“Amelie,” directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. (“I am nobody’s little weasel.”)

If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
Eileen Brennan. That voice! I find her sassy, and would cherish any excuse to dye my hair red. Plus, the re-creation of “Private Benjamin” would be amazing. “If Patton were alive, he would slap your face!” Of course, as I’m not an actor it would be a total travesty to Ms. Brennan.

Who do you look to for inspiration?
The girls on ”The Hills.”

Song currently playing in my iPod:
“Lazy Eye,” Silversun Pickups

Favorite song lyrics:
“I found it hard; it’s hard to find.”

Concert that changed your life:
Tori Amos

Guilty pleasures
(NOTE: I hold no guilt for these pleasures).* TV: “Doctor Who” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Only listed in this category because I will re-watch them to the point of ridiculousness.
* Film: Any romantic comedy, I see them all.
* Reading material: Neil Gaiman comics.
* Web sites: gofugyourself.com
* YouTube video: World Juggling Federation Championships

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
I’m pretty sure no one is trying to break into my profession.

Do you have a dream project?:
Xanadu. The house, not the movie.

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?:
Knowing that what I do is so instrumental to the safety and well being of so many people.

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Christian Slater. Come on, that’s not even embarrassing.

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
When you are as universally recognizable as I am, there really isn’t anything you can do to try and normalize yourself. For a while I went back to brushing my own teeth, but really – I wasn’t fooling anyone.

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
Is this meant to come across like one of those lose-lose ‘Would You Rather’ games, like “would you rather fight Mike Tyson or talk like Mike Tyson”? Wow. Truthfully, I would rather see the Ice Capades with Matthew Perry.

If you were an adult film star, what would your name be?
Bad Idea Genes.

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Diablo Cody. Eileen Brennan. Doctor Who. The Knicks. Matthew Perry.