GRFF offers a unique internship experience where students with various majors work collaboratively to implement programming. These interns serve as the organization's backbone by supporting festival efforts.
The 2017-18 intern team is:
Alex Dickey - GVSU, Film major - production/marketing
I have spent the month of July working on the summer film project for Grand Valley State University. I want to go into the field of cinematography. Some of my favorite movies are Empire Strikes Back and Jaws. I also play the guitar, and ukulele for fun.
Kyle Kaczor - GVSU, English and Human Rights major - film submissions
I'm a Grand Rapids native, born and raised. I love film, literature, old music and weird art. I'm a writer currently attending GVSU with a major in English and a minor in Human Rights. My biggest influences and interests are David Lynch, David Cronenberg, John Waters, Dario Argento, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Beat Generation writers, dark humor, punk rock and abstract thinking.
Wade Leppien - KCAD - graphic design and animation
I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design as a Digital Media major where I developed my skills in animation, illustration, storyboarding, and writing. I'm currently working on concepts for several animated series that I wish to tell interesting stories and inspire others with. I worked with the Grand Rapids Film Festival before to create animations for the 36 Hour Challenge and I'm glad I have the chance to return for this new experience!
Austin Paul - GVSU - Film major - editing/writing
I'm an editor, writer, and DP. For the longest time I've had a deep interest in films and how they are shot, produced, and put together. I've been doing writing and editing work for a while, and have always found them both a tranquil and a challenging experience. In my spare time I tend to work on learning how to draw and working with 3D programs.
Cherish Pittman - GVSU - Film major - production/research
I am a Senior at Grand Valley State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Video with plans to immediately attend graduate school for my Master's degree in Sociology. I have always had an affinity for noticing problematic representation of minority groups in film and television, so my ultimate goal is to give a voice to the groups that have been silenced. Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, and Barry Jenkins are a few of my inspirations.
Eric Shalayko - GVSU Film major - editing/public relations
I'm currently a senior at Grand Valley State University, majoring in Film & Video Production, and minoring in Advertising & Public Relations and Writing. My emphases are film & video editing and screenwriting. I aim to weave the audio and visual mediums together to tell stories to their fullest capacities. Be it fictional, documentary, or promotional projects, everything has a story, and I love seeking out those compelling narratives within
Seth Trowbride - GVSU - Film major - producer/film submissions
I am a senior Film and Video major at Grand Valley State University focusing on producing and screenwriting. I gravitate towards character-driven stories that deal with topics such as identity, social issues, and growth. I've just come off of line producing and unit production managing Grand Valley's Summer Film, and am currently in preproduction for a few senior thesis films. Some of my favorite films include East of Eden, Kings of Summer, and The Kids Are All Right.
Tyler Wilson - GVSU - business management and marketing
I am a marketing major at Grand Valley State University who is graduating this December. Some of my hobbies include traveling, watching horror movies, and critiquing sports. After graduating, I hope to pursue an MBA in the near future. Getting to work for the Grand Rapids Film Festival is a great opportunity for me to practice using the tools and skills that I have learned throughout my collegiate career.