Alisyn Amant

Madison, WI

Alisyn is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Journalism and English with a minor in Digital Studies. After taking an introductory film studies class her junior year, Alisyn fell in love with the idea of using her writing abilities to cover film and literature. She hopes to one day write for the arts or entertainment section of a publication or become a professor. Some of her favorite movies include A Man Escaped, Spirited Away, First Reformed, and Grave of the Fireflies.  

Majorca Bateman-Coe

New York, NY

My name is Majorca Bateman-Coe and I am currently a Film and Media Studies major at Columbia University, and I hope to graduate in 2022 with… a degree. I recently transferred from Stanford University’s undergraduate Film and Media Studies department, and between this transition I am considering pursuing a concentration in screenwriting. 

I love making art and have lately gotten into animation and exploring animated films more, which is something I would like to pursue in the future. I have an interest in studying world religions in my free time, as well as practicing my own to the best of my ability. I also love reading, binging media criticism videos as a relatable form of procrastination, and trying to start my own YouTube film/media/academia/religion/whatever channel. Oh, and I’m obsessed with 8-bit video games such as Earthbound™ and Pokémon on GameBoy™. I also collect Tamagotchis™.

Mark Lu

Washington, D.C.

Mang, who goes by Mark, is an undergraduate student in the American University Class of 2021 and studies economics and political science. He is from the Bay Area in California and is an admin for an online film community on Facebook. He is an amateur screenwriter and co-produced his first feature-length production last year, which wrapped principal photography at the end of 2018 and is set for a May 2019 release. His favorite movie is The Lion King.

Liam McDermott

Clarksburg, MD

Liam McDermott is an English teacher from Clarksburg, Maryland whose literary work has appeared in the online Loose Tooth anthology. He is also a musician with published projects on all major music platforms. He loves using language to realize novel stories and ideas and is invested in exploration of writing that transcends genre and medium.

Veronica Wang

San Francisco, CA

Veronica is a graduate from San Francisco State University, where she majored in Cinema and minored in Animation. Her interests lie primarily in animation and representation, and as such volunteers with Asian American media organizations. One of her favorite films growing up was Shanghai Animation Film Studio’s Nezha Conquers the Dragon King.

Hamza Zahurullah

Rockford, IL

My name is Hamza Zahurullah. I graduated from Stanford University in June of 2020 with Honors and a B.A in Film and Media Studies.  In my senior year, I was the co-president of the Stanford Film Society and served as the Film and Media Studies peer advisor for the Department of Art and Art History.  I am currently taking my first of two gap years before applying to medical school.  Some of my favorite films include Whisper of the Heart, Jackie Brown and Do the Right Thing.  

Rita Zhang

New York, NY

Based in New York, Rita received her B.A. in Film & Media Studies from Columbia University. Her 12 years of acting in movies rooted her ceaseless love in arts and cinema. Her wide spectrum of favorite movies ranges from Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann to Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird. She believes that writing reviews enable her to distill many levels of emotions in the film world and, perhaps, help decipher the mysterious meaning of life. Lately, she has been enjoying making random film lists (see below) and watching more documentaries. The NYC-based movies that leave Rita with a warm, fuzzy feeling include: Private LifePlease GiveMistress AmericaMetropolitanThe Last Days of DiscoMaggie’s Plan, and The Daytrippers. Her favorite Terence Davies’ movies by seasonal moods are: Sunset Song (for spring), A Quiet Passion (for summer), The Deep Blue Sea (for fall), and The Long Day Closes (for winter).