Meet Our Spring 2016 Film Interns!

Brianna Hall

I’ve learned a few unexpected things at PR Collaborative so far: wearing a sweater featuring a white tiger is great, not everyone likes zombies, and if given the opportunity to attend a free screening, you should (because it’s someone’s job to get you to go).

Hi, I’m Brianna, and I’m a film intern.

My knowledge of film stemmed from watching obscure Netflix recommendations on the couch with my mom every night after dinner in high school. Let me back up. I grew up in a wicked small town in Maine. We didn’t have a movie theatre, the video store was in the Laundromat, and the internet would go down during every blizzard. Good times, right? I grew up watching VHS versions of Shrek, XXX: State of the Union, and Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams – this is where I’m drawing my critical cinema eye from.

As an intern, it’s my job to convince people to move past the binge-worthy Netflix choices, leave their apartments, and watch a decent feature film in a movie theatre with popcorn. I love it, and who wouldn’t love free films?

Aside from PR Collaborative, I’m a sophomore at American University majoring in public relations and strategic communications with a minor in international relations. I’m interested in traveling, living abroad, and new languages. This summer, I’ll spend two months in Colombia at an Eco-Yoga retreat re-finding my inner Zen, after losing it during my commute to Georgetown twice a week this semester. You can often find me in coffee shops drinking almond milk mochas or watching Criminal Minds in my dorm’s twin bed.

It’s the Suite Life of Brianna Hall, film intern.

Martin Valderruten

I have always been fascinated by the entertainment world, and I feel so lucky to be able to combine my love of PR and movies with such a unique and exciting internship.

I was born in Colombia, South America, but grew up South Florida. My father would always take me to my local movie theater growing up, and we would spend afternoons watching movies. So it’s not surprising that film became my largest passion in life, along with English and adventures. I’m pursuing pursuing a major in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish, with the goal of ultimately going into the PR industry and opening my own firm.

PR Collaborative has rolled out the red carpet by making this internship both interesting and engaging. Not only have I started to learn about the organization, but I also learned how to deal with clients and the general public when debuting a new film. Any intern with PR Collaborative is in for an amazing opportunity. This is a hands-on opportunity to learn not only about PR, but also, about how film is able to change the world one documentary at a time.