Abby Keith is a writer and actor from Franklin, TN. She graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in December 2016 with a BA in Cinema Studies and a minor in Journalism and Electronic Media. She was the first student in the Cinema Studies program to graduate from the Chancellor's Honors Program. In addition to writing about film on this blog, she also writes screenplays and acts. Abby has worked as a film counselor for Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts and a production assistant on projects such as Home and Family, Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, and the feature film Cecil. In addition, she completed her Disney College Program in May 2017, an experience that was truly magical. She currently resides in Seattle, WA, where she works as a barista to pay for her starving artist lifestyle.
Did you know MASH was a movie before it was a TV show? I didn't. Maybe that's a well-known fact. Maybe I'm very out of the loop. Anyway, I watched MASH this week. I'm just discovering Robert Altman, the director of the film. He made a movie in 1975 called Nashville , which I sort of felt obligated to watch since that's my hometown. I loved the film, especially because it had so many interesting characters mashed together. MASH charmed me for the same reason. I've never been one for war films (this is set during the Korean War), but I was fascinated by the band of arrogant, witty surgeons in the film. It really didn't feel like a war film, to be honest. It felt like the Korean War was just where they happened to be. That feeling makes sense when you realize that these men and women are just trying to feel that way themselves. I don't have any personal experience with war, but I have read a few books about the subject, fiction and nonfiction, and