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Queen Pamela keeps order at the True/False Globe Theater

Sunday, March 2, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST

They better be back in 15 minutes. If not, Queen Pamela will have to intervene.

Pam Jordan is a Q Queen, one of the volunteers who help the True/False Film Fest keep track of who can attend showings. 

An hour before each showing, Jordan and other Q Queens hand out a "Q" to festival-goers hoping to score a spot in the screenings without a reserve ticket. The number of people trying to get into the screening depends on the film and the venue, but they'll often start showing up as early as two hours before the film begins. 

Standing at the entrance of the Globe Theater, Jordan is in equal parts a gatekeeper and a jester. She's in charge of making sure that they're back in time to get into the film if room permits. But she also keeps people entertained throughout the waiting process.

Not everyone who queues is guaranteed a seat at the showing, but there's always room for at least some of those waiting in line to get in. Those who don't at least have Jordan's antics as a consolation prize.

This was Jordan's first time volunteering for the film fest, and though she likes to keep things orderly, she said she has a hard time saying no to those who didn't get a spot in the venue.

"I actually try not to be such a hard you-know-what," she said. "I like to get them in."

Supervising editor is Whitney Hayward.


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