Name: Bart Shannon
Job Title: Producer/Director
What’s the best part about working at VIA? It’s a passionate and energetic work environment.
What’s one thing about you that would shock us? I attended a weekend clown workshop on a dare. My future in clowning was bleak.
Before coming to VIA, what was the most interesting or unusual job you ever had? In college I worked at a wind chime factory. It was still a factory but the assembled wind chimes constantly chimed a pleasant underlying soundtrack to the table saws and sanders.
List three words that describe VIA: Talented. Motivated. Growing.
Your desk: messy or organized? Messy. In my mind it’s not but in reality it’s a mess.
Beach or mountains? The beach at night. I can burn under a desk lamp so I usually wait until sunset.
What’s your favorite movie, book or TV show? (Or all three): My favorite TV show right now is Donald Glover’s Atlanta. I’m so hooked. My favorite movie is Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero or any of a half dozen Coen Brothers films. The same can be said for a favorite book. Throw a rock at any Vonnegut or Bukowski and you’ll hit a favorite.
Favorite restaurant? Porcellino’s
Something in your refrigerator right now: A cake my daughter made with a note that reads, “Made for a friend. Do not eat!!!” Three exclamation points.
What did you eat for breakfast this morning? A bagel with cream cheese and avocado
What book did you last read? Trouble Boys, Bob Mehr’s book on The Replacements. They were my favorite band in high school. Loved it.
What aspect of your role at VIA do you enjoy most? Every project is different so it doesn’t feel like you’re always doing the same thing.
What’s your biggest pet peeve? Unreliable people. I can forgive and ignore a lot of things but when someone can’t come through when they have every opportunity, it drives me nuts. Wait… mumblers! Can I change my answer to mumblers?
What’s your hidden talent? I’m an excellent whistler. It sadly goes unappreciated in the workplace.
Where have you lived? Memphis for 24 years. Before that Jonesboro, Ark and a brief few months in Berkley, Ca.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Memphis? Shows at The Shell. I remember going to movie nights there in the early 90’s when they set up a 16mm projector and showed films for under 100 people. A little different now.
You’d like to be famous for … My whistling. Can a man not dream?