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Nathaniel Rogers  (Miscellania / Oscar Punditry)
Nathaniel R is the creator and owner of The Film Experience. He is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. He is the film columnist for Towleroad, a longtime Oscar pundit (Gurus of Gold), and his writing has appeared in both online publications (Vanity Fair, Show-Score, Slate, and Tribeca Film) and print magazines (Esquire and Winq). Nathaniel has served on international festival juries and appeared as an on-air Oscar pundit for CNNi.  
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Jason Adams 
(Beauty vs. Beast / Festival Coverage / Miscellania) 
While he wishes his parents had named him after the killer in the Friday the 13th movies, he takes comfort in the fact that on their first date they went to see The Exorcist. He writes lots of daily nonsense at My New Plaid Pants, mostly about movies and dudes in movies, not necessarily in that order. 

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Glenn Dunks (Doc Corner / Festival Coverage)
Glenn is an Australia-based film writer. He occcasionally works day jobs with the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Sydney Film Festival while seeking out documentaries, obscure Australian cinema and queer art films. His freelance writings and film criticism have appeared online at JunkeeVanity FairWeekly Gravy, Quickflix and many more as well as in print in Paradise Magazine, The Big Issue and Metro Magazine. In 2014 he won the Australian Film Critics’ Association’s prize for writing on Australian cinema and has served on FIPRESCI juries at Stockholm and San Francisco film festivals. 

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Murtada Elfadl (Podcast /  Interviews /Festival Coverage / Misc)
Murtada finally understood what magic was when he saw Debra Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman. He’s been mesmerized by movies ever since. From Khartoum, Sudan he decided to move to New York City when he got a New Yorker subscription at the age of 15. Many years later, the city remains his favorite place, he just wishes more movies in Arabic played here.

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Chris Feil (Soundtracking / Miscellania)
Chris Feil lives in Columbus, Ohio. You can easily beetlejuice him into your conversations by talking about soundtracks, RuPaul's Drag Race, and WALL•E. He is remembering to notice the collateral beauty around him. Chris has also written for Paste and Decider, and sometimes also writes at filmmixtape

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Jorge Molina  (Blueprints / Miscellania)
Jorge was born and raised in Mexico City, viciously devouring media where he could see a glimpse of himself, most notoriously teenage witches, unfortunate orphans, and queer-coded animated villains. He then decided he would start writing his own. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in screenwriting, and hopes to one day write the types of stories he loves to dissect on this site. He enjoys exploring the ways entertainment shapes culture, kissing boys, and the release of Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again is marked on his calendar.

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Daniel Bayer  (Miscellania)
A performer since birth, Daniel Bayer ("Dancin' Dan" or "Denny" to the web) started taking tap dance lessons at ten years old after seeing Singin' In The Rain. A nationally-ranked dancer in his youth, he has done everything there is to do in a theater: performed, directed, choreographed, dramaturged, designed lights and sound, ran spotlights, built sets, stage managed, and even served on the board. He now teaches tap dance and writes on his blog when he isn't making money for non-profit organizations for a living.

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Eric Blume  (Reviews)
Eric is a TV writer and director.  He has written and directed material for TBS, Lifetime, E!, truTV, Spike, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network, Funny or Die, as well as some commercials and branded content.  He worked forever at Comedy Central, where he interviewed and directed Hollywood talent for exclusive content.  He's particularly proud of shooting Ryan Gosling against the Mediterranean Sea, coercing Seth Rogen and James Franco to make out, and getting lost in Alexander Skarsgard's bellybutton hairs during a sound snafu.  

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Tim Brayton (Animation / Retrospectives)
Tim discovered he was a cinephile after accidentally watching all three and a half hours of Seven Samurai in one sitting a the delicate age of 14. Many years later, he spends all his time devouring everything from trashy horror to glossy Hollywood classics to, of course, animation past and present, which he writes about for the Film Experience. He can also be found writing movie reviews and podcasting at Alternate Ending. He can also also be found working on his Ph.D. at UW-Madison.

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Nick Davis (Frequent Podcast Guest /(Nick's Flick Picks)
Nick Davis writes the reviews and features at the website Nick's Flick Picks.  He is an Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern, where his research and teaching mostly concern narrative film in different eras, genres, and countries.  Back in 2002, he made a joke about a detail in a costume designed by Jenny Beavan and Nathaniel, whom he had just met, got it completely.  Their mouths both hung agape, and they have been loyal to each other ever since. [Twitter]


Salim Garami  (Miscellania)
Salim would proudly declare that he hates movies and considers them culturally illiterate and intellectually bankrupt as an art form, but he would be a bad liar. A lifetime of trying to temper his fascination with the artform has yielded no fruit and only strengthened his love for the potential of the medium to transform, over its existence from silent to color to 3D, and to speak to the individual and greater audience simultaneously. He likes Godzilla and Kung Fu movies most. If you actually trust his opinion, you can read more at Movie Motorbreath.
[Twitter | Letterboxd | Instagram]

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Anne Marie Kelly (A Year With Kate / Judy by the Numbers)
Anne Marie's love of film began as childhood adulation of Katherine Hepburn & the Marx Brothers, and grew into a passion for Technicolor, Hays Code movies, and B-picture scifi. This led to a career in film preservation, and a current run at a cinema studies masters at USC. When not writing about movies, Anne Marie can be found working on movies, talking about movies, or watching movies. She also has several other hobbies and occasionally goes outside.

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Lynn Lee  (Miscellania)
Lynn is a government lawyer who spends most of her time outside work obsessing over arts and pop culture of all kinds.  Her first love, though, will always be movies, thanks to parents who raised her on an eclectic diet of Ingmar Bergman, talky French films, 1960s musicals, Star Wars, and Spielberg blockbusters.  You can find her occasional musings on movies and TV on her blog

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Deborah Lipp  (Miscellania)
Deborah divides her time between writing about pop culture and holding a day job. She is co-owner and chief writer at Basket of Kisses, “Smart Discussion About Smart Television”. She is also the author of The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book. In her other persona, Deborah is the author of six occult books, most recently Tarot Interactions and Merry Meet Again. Deborah lives in Jersey City, NJ with Professor Spouse and an assortment of cats. 

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Ben Miller (Miscellania)
Ben Miller has been obsessed with film since he saw his first piece of celluloid. When he isn't holding down a day job, he enjoys the films of the Coen Brothers and Paul Thomas Anderson while taking in as many chewy morsels of the Golden Age of TV as he can. When not partaking of various entertainments, Ben lives in Texas with his wife, two children and a gym membership. 

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Seán McGovern  (Miscellania)
An Irishman based in London, Seán is the co-host of Broad Appeal, the podcast that looks back at female-driven films from the not-so-distant past. He programmes short films at the BFI London Film Festival as well as programming GAZE: Dublin LGBT Film Festival and Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest in London. His mustache was once complimented by Wallace Shawn.  

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Ilich Mejia  (Miscellania)
Ilich is a native Honduran who grew up "doing homework" while his grandma watched telenovelas. Since, he has developed a predilection for loud gasps and female-centric stories. On more than one occasion, he has dreamt of having Nicole Kidman, Tiffany "New York" Pollard, and the dog from Up over for dinner. Turns out only one of them isn't allergic to gluten. 
[Twitter | Instagram]

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Daniel Walber (The Furniture)
Daniel Walber is a freelance writer and critic based in Brooklyn. He has written for Nonfics, Film School Rejects, The Film Stage, Dok.revue, and The Brooklyn Rail. Never one to turn down a list, he’s on an endless quest to see every Oscar nominee for Best Animated Short and Best Production Design. He’s also healthily obsessed with opera, documentaries, and the films of Derek Jarman. 

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The Film Experience is always looking for sharp, funny, obsessive voices. 
Future team members must have the following five:

  1. Strong accessible writing skills
  2. Unique takes on current cinema and the arts in general
  3. Interest in showbiz awards, Oscars in particular
  4. Passion for movies that bleeds into their every day life in some demonstrable or engaging way.
  5. Commitment to contribute once weekly

 Interested parties should contact Nathaniel 


And a final thank you to previous contributors who have moved on or took sabbaticals or still pop up on rare occassions and are welcome back at any time! Adam Armstrong, Angelica Jade Bastien, Manuel Betancourt, Daniel Crooke, Bill Curran, Michael Cusumano, Margaret de Larios, Matthew Eng, Josh Forward, Alexa Frangos, John Guerin, Andrew Kendall, Sebastian Nebel, R Kurt Osenlund, Joe Reid, Katey Rich, Kieran Scarlett, Jose Solís, Amir Soltani, Andrew Boyd Stewart, Kyle Stevens, David Upton, and Brian Zitzel