On my Desk: Films focus of Fargo Theatre office
FARGO--Emily Beck freely admits to being a mega fan of motion pictures. She gets cagey, though, if you ask her to list films she considers to be best of the bunch. "I love a little bit of everything," said Beck, whose executive director's office ...
FARGO-Emily Beck freely admits to being a mega fan of motion pictures.
She gets cagey, though, if you ask her to list films she considers to be best of the bunch.
"I love a little bit of everything," said Beck, whose executive director's office upstairs in the Fargo Theatre is small, tidy and has walls adorned with movie posters.
On her desk you will find: a photo of Charlie Chaplin, a picture of her niece and a small framed needlepoint of actor David Cross, star of the TV show "Arrested Development."
The latter is Beck's own work; she has made a hobby of weaving portraits of show business types using cloth and string.
Also on Beck's desk is a Mickey Mouse coffee mug she uses for a pencil holder.
The cup once belonged to the late Rusty Casselton, a film studies professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead whom Beck admired.
"When he passed away, his wife was kind enough to let a few of us students take something from his office," Beck said.
"This (cup) had been on his desk; it's a way to have a little bit of him here," she said.
Although Beck won't single out certain films as being better than others, she does confess to liking "To Kill A Mockingbird," which she estimates having seen about 40 times.
She is also a champion of horror movies and feels it's an underrated, albeit dark, corner of the cinematic tradition.
"I'm fascinated by the genre and how changes reflect what's going on in the world at that time. I love studying how real worries in society make their way into our films," Beck said.