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Nathaniel Rogers, the creator and owner of The Film Experience, is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. He is the film columnist for Towleroad, a reknowned Oscar pundit (Gurus of Gold), and his writing has appeared in both online publications (Vanity Fair, Slate, Pajiba,Tribeca Film) and print magazines (Esquire and Winq). Nathaniel has served on four international film festival juries and appeared as an on-air Oscar pundit for CNNi and Sky News London and various podcasts and radio programs. Nathaniel lives and works as a writer in New York City. 
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Jason Adams 
(Beauty vs. Beast / News)
While he wishes his parents had named him after the killer in the Friday the 13th movies, he takes comfort in the fact that on their first date they went to see The Exorcist. He writes lots of daily nonsense at My New Plaid Pants, mostly about movies and dudes in movies, not necessarily in that order. 
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Manuel Betancourt (News) 
An avid moviegoer, this academically minded Colombian found himself writing an entire doctoral dissertation on queer film fandom as, perhaps, a way of reconciling his inner critic and his inner fan. Both thankfully, are given plenty of room to play together here at TFE as well as at Manuel's own blog where he tends to put his queer theory training to work. Manuel's favorite film genre is "soul-crushingly depressing if beautifully lensed relationship dramas with juicy parts for actresses."
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Tim Brayton (Tim’s Toons)
Tim discovered he was a cinephile after accidentally watching all three and a half hours of Seven Samurai in one sitting a the delicate age of 14. Many years later, he spends all his time devouring everything from trashy horror to glossy Hollywood classics to, of course, animation past and present, which he writes about for the Film Experience. He also reviews films most days at his inexplicably-named blog, Antagony & Ecstasy.

Michael Cusumano (Reviews) 
A cinema fanatic from New Jersey, Michael has been studying film since he was a twelve-year old filling up VHS tapes with episodes of Siskel and Ebert. In 2010 he decided there weren’t enough people with opinions about movies online and began writing about film at his blog, Serious Film. He will seize any excuse to work Buster Keaton into the discussion. 
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Alexa Frangos (Curio)
Alexa is a photographer and recovering lawyer with a cinematic bent.  She completed her M.F.A. thesis at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on images of women in film, and when she subsequently became a lawyer she would sneak into the movies between depositions.  Now a stay-at-home mom, she writes the weekly arts and crafts column for TFE. She is obsessed with Cindy Sherman, Carole Lombard, Pauline Kael and cherry pie.

Anne Marie Kelly (A Year With Kate / Women's Pictures)
Anne Marie's love of film began as childhood adulation of Katherine Hepburn & the Marx Brothers, and grew into a passion for Technicolor, Hays Code movies, and B-picture scifi. This led to a career in film preservation, and a current run at a cinema studies masters at USC. When not writing about movies, Anne Marie can be found working on movies, talking about movies, or watching movies. She also has several other hobbies and occasionally goes outside.
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Amir Soltani (Team Coordinator)
Amir is a conformist to The Man by day, an infrequent writer by night and an Iranian cinema connoisseur at all times. He co-hosts a podcast at Hello Cinema, writes film reviews at Movie Mezzanine and pretends his personal blog still has readers. If you have ideas for team posts (top 10 lists, themed series, etc.) he will welcome you with open arms.
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Nick Davis (Nick's Flick Picks)
Nick Davis writes the reviews and features at the website Nick's Flick Picks.  The site's unpredictable cycles of frenzied activity and long dormancy have to do with his also being an Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern, where his research and teaching mostly concern narrative film in different eras, genres, and countries.  Back in 2002, he made a joke about a detail in a costume designed by Jenny Beavan and Nathaniel, whom he had just met, got it completely.  Their mouths both hung agape, and they have been loyal to each other ever since.
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Joe Reid (Freelance)

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Katey Rich is the editor of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood. She previously spent five years as an editor at Cinema Blend, and she has also contributed to The Guardian and Film Journal International. She liked Channing Tatum before you did.
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Adam Armstrong
Adam hailed from the confines of a Christmas Tree Farm in upstate New York. Starting in the fall of 2015 he will be enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton. When he’s not enjoying the pleasures of a life without pants, you can find him scribbling away on personal essays and short stories while also defending (against all odds) the credibility of Sienna Miller and Cersei Lannister.
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Angelica Jade Bastién
Angelica Jade Bastién is a Southern born essayist and screenwriter. She's written for Bustle and Bright Wall/Dark Room. She primarily writes about noir, Old Hollywood, and female madness. 'The Feminine Grotesque' is the best way to describe her aesthetic.  She is currently obsessed with the beauty of Cary Fukunaga, baking the perfect pie, and Bette Davis. You can find her musings and other writerly experiments on her site, Madwomen & Muses.
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Lynn Lee
Lynn is a government lawyer who spends most of her time outside work obsessing over arts and pop culture.  Her first love, though, will always be movies, thanks to parents who raised her on an eclectic diet of Ingmar Bergman, talky French films, 1960s musicals, Star Wars, and Spielberg blockbusters.  You can find her occasional musings on movies and TV on her blog

Deborah Lipp
Deborah divides her time between writing about pop culture and holding a day job. She is co-owner and chief writer at Basket of Kisses, “Smart Discussion About Smart Television”. She is also the author of The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book. In her other persona, Deborah is the author of six occult books, most recently Tarot Interactions and Merry Meet Again. Deborah lives in Jersey City, NJ with Professor Spouse and an assortment of cats. 

Sebastian Nebel
Living all of his life in Germany, Sebastian began to revolt against his Teutonic surroundings at an early age by building and nurturing unhealthy obsessions with the English language and American pop culture. He loves The Simpsons but will give you a blank stare if you quote a line from season 10 or beyond. One time he took a photo of a cat that got published in the New York Times. His current life goal is to watch ALL the movies. He's about halfway done with that.
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Jose Solís
Jose Solís wanted to write about film since he was a child which is why he followed the yellow brick road and moved to Oz (ahem NYC) to make his dream come true. He has been writing about film since 2003 and regularly contributes to The Film Experience and PopMatters. He is also having a torrid affair with Broadway and theatAH and writes about those at He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society.  
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Margaret de Larios
Glenn Dunks
Matthew Eng
Andrew Kendall
Andrew Boyd Stewart
David Upton

The Film Experience is always looking for sharp, funny, obsessive voices. Ideal future team members must have strong writing skills, unique takes on movies past and present, and a passion for the cinema that bleeds into their every day life in some demonstrable or engaging way.  Interested parties should contact Nathaniel