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.

Anthony Reyes

New York, NY

Anthony Reyes is a recent college graduate from CUNY Hunter College and lives in New York as a freelance Production Associate. Currently he is working for Rumur Inc., a Brooklyn-based production studio behind many award-winning documentaries such as Battle for Brooklyn and Who Took Johnny?, the latter of which can be found on Netflix. With one short film under his belt and many ideas for future projects, Anthony hopes to create more content and write for television in the future. Film criticism allows him to explore how a specific film makes him feel a certain way, and how he can use it to develop his own craft as a storyteller. Some of his favorite films include Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, Robert De Niro’s A Bronx Tale, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, and Spike Jonze’s Her.

Raven G. Valdivia

San Francisco, CA

I attend San Francisco State University and am currently a Junior. This would be my first semester at SFSU as a transfer student. I have a newfound interest in Cinema, although I have always enjoyed musicals and plays of all sorts! The first movie I fell head over heels for was The Nutcracker Prince 1990 film and Peter Pan all versions and adaptations. I have a dream to be a screenplay writer, writer, social media content writer and or a movie critic. I have a powerful love for literature and writing! It will forever give me butterflies!

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.

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).