#DFNYFocus is our five-question survey of filmmakers and film lovers to learn more about the films they love and have been inspired by. Our latest Focus is on Akatsuki Entertainment USA President and Board Member Annmarie Sairrino Bailey (please see Annmarie’s bio below):
ASB: Thor: Ragnarok.
ASB: Natalie Wood and Keanu Reeves in an action film like Speed.
DFNY: Which film has had the biggest impact on you personally, and why?
ASB: Pretty in Pink. I watched it thousands of times as a kid when my friends were watching Goonies and The NeverEnding Story kind of movies. It was the first movie that I felt I was studying, figuring out every nuance of the performances and paying attention to the dialogue. It gave me a sense that somehow I wanted to do that too, but I didn’t know at the the time what “that” was. Being from a small town in upstate NY, no one really talked about Hollywood. That was “weird”, so I kept it relatively to myself as a kid. I love all those kinds of films from the 80s, but that’s my ultimate favorite.
DFNY: If you could have one prop from any film what would it be?
ASB: Easy. Stallone’s boxing gloves from Rocky IV.
DFNY: Is there any subject matter which you would not make/watch a film about?
ASB: I usually have to stop when I see animals getting harmed. I remove any hint of that from development when I have the power to do so.