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Spencer Fornaciari FOUNDER

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Spencer was born and raised in New Mexico. He grew up with the many great films of the 1980’s before having his world rocked after seeing The Usual Suspects. He moved to Washington State to go to the University of Washington, and upon graduation began working in Seattle’s independent film community. Since then he become a core team member on Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, the communications director of IFP/Seattle, and the producer of the MacGuffin Film Podcast. Any free time he currently has is split between working on film projects and watching films.

Allen Almachar WRITER

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Allen was born in the Philippines but was raised in America thanks to the United States Navy. His earliest memories of movies came with such undisputed classics such as the Indiana Jones and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogies, or anything with Jean-Claude Van Damme. His love for film sparked after watching Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, a film he cites as “the movie that made me love movies.” Since then, he has developed a passion for film that has yet to be relinquished, watching movies as far back as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, to Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, and everything in between.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Washington, but knows that the world of film is his true calling. When he’s not writing for the Macguffin website or making his own terribly-made video projects, Allen loves to play video games, play his guitar, and dance, not shying away from letting people know that he once auditioned for Step Up 3D.

Edward Davidson WRITER

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Ed Davidson is a Seattle native. So of course, the crappy weather has made him spend countless hours in a darkened room watching anything at all that is projected or televised. He loves old stuff like “The Thin Man” movies (damn, Myrna Loy was hot), loves watching “Lost” (damn, Evangeline Lilly is hot), and has an unhealthy obsession with “Star Trek” (damn, Patrick Stewart is hot). He has proudly watched every movie that has won the Best Picture Oscar, and his lifetime goal is to have watched every film in the book “1001 Movies To Watch Before You Die”. Ed currently lives in Shoreline with his wife, 2 daughters, 2 dogs, 2 gerbils, and some incredibly large raccoons that pop out from under his deck like something on “The Munsters”. He has newly discovered snowboarding, soccer, and why Charles Bronson doesn’t suck as much as he had always assumed.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from the UW back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and works for a large NW based software company (but not the one you are thinking of).

Benjamin Nason WRITER

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Born and raised in the suburbs of Seattle, Benjamin Nason grew up loving film. The first film experience he remembers is seeing, The Empire Strikes Back in the theater, and was forever changed by the experience. As a child Ben would spend many hours creating stories with his action figures then displaying them in scenes that he would capture on a camera. Once he was of age to work, Ben took on a job at the local video store where a large inventory at his disposal led to a real passion for watching film. While action films have always been his favorite, Ben enjoys everything from the trashiest exploitation film to the subtlest art house drama. With a love of books, especially studies on film, and a love for writing, it only seemed natural to combine the two with the love of movies and write about film himself. By examining the medium, the things we love, the things we hate, and why it makes us feel those ways, we can come to perhaps a better understanding of ourselves and how we fit into culture and society.

When he is not writing about film, Ben spends his time writing comic books, already having self-published a comic called, The Serpent Whispered, and dabbling in screenplays, perhaps even one day he may write a novel or two.

Benjamin Rendall WRITER

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Ben was born in Wisconsin, attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. He got a degree in History, more importantly in college and became intrigued with the Academy Awards and branched off from there looking to find great films. Later he got a library degree and now works at the Minneapolis Central Library. He is  still an avid Oscarwatcher and film and television fan. He currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with with his cat Hannah and has a girlfriend/editor, Andrea.

Adelaide Blair WRITER

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Adelaide was born in Southern Oregon and has lived to tell the tale. She has a BFA in printmaking and painting and an MBA from the University of Washington. Back in the 70s when cable only gave you an extra 3 channels or so, one of those stations was a Bay Area channel that produced a show called Creature Features with Bob Wilkins. She credits this program and a steady childhood diet of Abbott and Costello, Doris Day, Cary Grant, and Peter Cushing for teaching her to love movies. Also, she saw Star Wars during its original theatrical run at a drive-in. When she is not watching movies, she is making paintings about prehistoric sharks and giant squids in space.

Sarah Ksiazek WRITER

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Sarah has been writing about films and movie trailers since 2009. She has been obsessed with movie trailers since high school, but her first love is working with animals. She has a B.S. in Ecology and an M.S. in Zoology which all led her to her dream of picking up the poop of zoo animals on a daily basis. She has worked with African animals in a zoo setting since 2006. She is an editor for Lost in Reviews, runs and writes for The Host Movie News, and will soon be starting a website following the Outlander book series to its television adaptation. Sarah lives in Dallas, Texas.

Nicholas Ahlers WRITER

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Nicholas was brought up in Tacoma, WA, where he eventually learned to accept and appreciate movies outside of the Ernest franchise. A fateful summer afternoon spent seeing “L.A. Confidential” changed his entire cinematic outlook. In the subsequent years, he has moved to the heart of Seattle and become fully enveloped in it’s arthouse and festival happenings. Former co-host of the cult podcast Planned Brotherhood, he spends his free time seeing and discussing film with anyone willing to hear him out.

Matt Voigts Writer

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A native Iowan– and sometimes anthropologist, sometimes journalist by trade – Matt is working on his PhD at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute in Nottingham, England.  It does not involve economics. In addition to enjoying movies from art to schlock, he researched DVD piracy in Yunnan Province, China, back when DVDs were a thing. His more recent work has focused on the role of technology at atheist summer camps in Texas and Oklahoma.

Brooke Corso Writer

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Brooke Corso secretly watched Romancing the Stone on VHS as a child while her parents were working in the yard, and from then on wanted to be a writer like Joan Wilder. Movies were her escape, and she loved classics like Rear Window as much as The Terminator or Tootsie. Once her family moved to a farm and thus lost cable in the early 1990s, her collection grew in number and diversity out of necessity to keep from going completely mad. She earned her degree in English and Speech Communication from Texas A&M University and Masters degrees in Reading and Library Science from Sam Houston State University. Her favorite films are physical comedies, 1980s action and science fiction, and musicals from the Golden Age. In addition to being the film critic for The Monitor newspaper, she is a librarian in McAllen, Texas.

Katey Stoetzel WRITER

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Katey is about to graduate from Truman State University with a BFA in Creative Writing. When she’s not at school, she hails from the great city of Kansas City, which is in Missouri. It confuses people, for some reason. She started writing film and television reviews in high school, which turned into writing them for the university’s newspaper. While attempting to organize her opinions on films into well-construed thoughts, she also tries to write and direct, but it’s a work in progress. Her interest in screenwriting actually began one day back in high school when she was watching the Oscars and thought to herself, “Wow! That could be me up there!” after seeing the people in their early-twenties winning Oscars for short films. Hahahahahaha. Ha. Anyway, her favorite film is Mad Max: Fury Road. Loves anything Marvel, indifferent toward DC, hearts Netflix.

Tristanne Endrina WRITER

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Tristanne’s love for movies and television spawned from a young age. As a child from Hawaii, her father forced her to watch Star Trek and The X-Files which subsequently took her down the path of nerd-dom. Ha! Although she tried to rebel and tried her hand at watching pop culture classics such as Road Rules and She’s All That, nothing could diminish her love for more intellectually challenging entertainment. She prefers a good suspense thriller, a laugh-your-head-off comedy, or thought-provoking documentaries. Her all-time favorite movie? THE PRINCESS BRIDE! “Inconceivable!” Her favorite TV show at the moment? Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (to sustain her love of travel) and Game of Thrones (to sustain her love of John Snow…lol)

Tristanne currently lives in Seattle, WA with her pup, Felix. She loves everything outdoors: hiking, camping, backpacking. She is a full-time Uber driver and is making great strides to achieve her goals of traveling the world. Right now she wishes she was out there discovering a new part of the world.

Andreas Köhnemann WRITER

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Andreas grew up in Hessen, Germany. He remembers watching films like Rebel Without a Cause, Jaws or Harold and Maude for the first time and realizing that movies really mean a lot to him. So he decided to work as a film critic after earning his degree in Film Studies. He lives in Mannheim and writes for several German film websites like www.kino-zeit.de, www.spielfilm.de or www.critic.de. For a small publishing company called Mühlbeyer Filmbuchverlag he has written a book about love triangles in movies.

Ginger Mills EDITOR

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Ask anyone who knows her and they will say Ginger is truly an eternal student. With degrees in music, language, teaching, history, instructional design, and science, she is a pushover for (almost) anything “Broadway,” and is obsessed with unicorns (thanks to Peter S. Beagle). She is an instructional designer who also freelances as an editor/proofreader, with a special emphasis of texts produced by non-native speakers of English. Ginger lives in northern California and has very eclectic tastes when it comes to books, movies, and television.