Trip Report: Bentonville Film Festival, Part 4

Last week, I travelled to Bentonville, Arkansas for the Bentonville Film Festival. It was a quick trip, so this is a quick trip report.

Part 4: Bentonville → SFO

This flight was at 7am. My driver picked me up at 6:15am. There are no photos.

The plane was extremely cold and Elisabeth came back with strep throat.

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That’s it.


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Trip Report: Bentonville Film Festival, Part 3

Last week, I travelled to Bentonville, Arkansas for the Bentonville Film Festival. It was a quick trip, so this is a quick trip report.

Part 3: Bentonville Film Festival

I came to the festival as a panelist for Google’s Science Speed Dating event.

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See, there I am, surrounded by PhD’s who all have very professional headshots.

My fellow scientists/engineers and I gave quick talks to small groups of filmmakers. I told each group about my path in computer science, starting as a cheerleader in high school, pursuing a BS at UCLA while competing in hackathons, and my current job at Google/YouTube, where I recently worked on mobile autoplay.

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After the science speed dating, we reconvened for a Q&A session. We had so many attendees tell us that the event was interesting and valuable. Living in SF, I take for granted the readily available access to scientists and engineers.

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Other highlights from the festival:

  • “Geena and Friends”, a table read where Geena Davis and her friends reimagined scenes that were all male into all female scenes. Hosted at the beautiful Crystal Bridges Museum.
  • Meeting Nia Vardalos 😍
  • Seeing Captain America: Civil War
  • Seeing Maggie’s Plan
  • Amazing Reel vs Real Diversity panel
  • Ice cream store at the Walmart Museum that gives you a couple bites of ice cream for $0.50 (honestly, don’t you just want two bites of ice cream)
  • Running into Science Speed Dating attendees all over the fest who were still excited and inspired after the event!

Part 4: Bentonvile → SFO

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Trip Report: Bentonville Film Festival, Part 2

Last week, I travelled to Bentonville, Arkansas for the Bentonville Film Festival. It was a quick trip, so this is a quick trip report.

Part 2: Four Points Sheraton

Hotels were arranged by the film festival, so I found out I would be staying at the Four Points Sheraton just a few days before I arrived.

My room was already assigned when I checked in, but I had the front desk add my SPG number to the reservation to see what would happen. I have automatic SPG Gold status, which comes with my AmEx Platinum card.

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My stay posted to my account on May 8, and I was able to earn Starpoints for the stay. Never hurts to ask! Max and I will be using Starpoints for hotel stays on our upcoming trip to Barcelona.

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Trip Report: Bentonville Film Festival, Part 1

Last week, I travelled to Bentonville, Arkansas for the Bentonville Film Festival. It was a quick trip, so this is a quick trip report. 

Part 1: San Francisco →  Bentonville

The closest airport to Bentonville is XNA, which serves Northwest Arkansas. It’s a small regional airport that’s fairly new, so the flights options from SFO were limited. United runs a nonstop flight at 1:45pm, which I flew on Wed, May 4th.

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I left YouTube around 12:30pm to get to SFO using Lyft. I booked a Lyft line, but was not matched with any other passengers, so the ride was a quick 8 minutes and cost $10.58.

Since the TSA PreCheck line was short, I had about 20 minutes to myself. I decided to go to the American Express Centurion lounge, which is located near Terrminal 3 Gate 74.

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Access to the Centurion lounge network comes with the AmEx Platinum credit card. If you follow me on snapchat, you might have seen some snaps of the lounge.

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After eating a quick lunch at the lounge, I headed to Gate 77B for the flight. I was in seat 14D on a CRJ-700. Economy is configured as 2-2, and the flight was not entirely full.

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Legroom in 14D

Since I was in the air from 2pm-5pm, I was really hoping to get some work done on the flight. Before the flight, I had looked up the flights tail number and cross referenced it with the list of United’s wifi enabled aircraft, which stated that the plane was equipped with wifi. However, I asked the flight attendant on board about wifi and she said there was none.

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No wifi got me like

Fortunately, I had downloaded some shows on my tablet which kept me entertained for the majority of the flight. Twenty minutes ahead of schedule, we landed in Bentonville.

The festival had arranged the flight and transportation, so my friend and I found our driver near baggage claim.

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Riding in a black SUV is the closest I’ll get to feeling like Kylie Jenner


Part 2: Four Points Sheraton

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