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 studying at Florida State University.