Michael Culbertson graduated from University of North Carolina (UNC) Greensboro with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. He is currently attending his final year at UNC School of the Arts for his Master’s in Screenwriting with an interest in producing episodic content. He feels his psychology background helps him better understand the characters in his writing, as well as elements that an audience member may find captivating and emotional. Beyond commercial application, he believes film criticism is essential for helping aspiring and prominent filmmakers improve their craft. Currently, his favorite films are The Incredibles, Eighth Grade, The Florida Project, and Avengers: Infinity War.
Jacob Levy is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College, where he double majored in Media & Communications and Film Studies. While Jacob loves watching numerous blockbusters such as Avengers: Infinity War, he is just as excited to watch foreign and independent films like The Square. Jacob enjoys writing for Gen Z Critics as it gives him a place to share his thoughts on overlooked films such as Krisha.
James Mackenzie is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied English Literature and Cinema Studies. While there, he was the Arts Editor of the Chicago Maroon student newspaper, where he also published numerous critical pieces on film and television. He wrote his senior thesis on the aesthetics of contemporary Japanese horror cinema. Some of his favorite contemporary filmmakers include Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Kelly Reichardt, and Paul Thomas Anderson. Currently lurking on Film Twitter and bouncing between odd jobs somewhere in New York.
Jack Porter is a senior film major at Columbia College Chicago. He is currently finishing his undergraduate degree and will be pursuing a graduate degree in screenwriting in fall 2019. He has a love of cult cinema; the weirder the better. His love for storytelling is only matched by his love of film criticism. He is particularly interested in the prevalence of genre filmmaking in modern cinema.
Ben Wasserman is a recent graduate of Clark University, where he earned a B.A. in Screen Studies. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University. His love of culture and history, as well as the technical evolution of cinema, have only further encouraged him to pursue the medium from a critical perspective. In addition to Gen Z Critics, Ben serves as freelance writer and critic for the publication companies ComicsVerse and Mxdwn. His favorite films of 2018 currently include Black Panther, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, A Quiet Place, The Incredibles 2, and Blackklansman.
Rita Zhang received her Bachelor’s degree in Columbia University’s Film and Media Studies. Her 12 years of acting experience in movies rooted her ceaseless love in film. Her wide spectrum of all-time favorites range from Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! to Luis Buñuel’s Diary of a Chambermaid. She believes that writing film reviews enables her to capture and sustain many levels of emotions in the film world. She is at her happiest when learning that her film review moves and inspires the readers.