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I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and cannot remember every having been without HBO, TCM and AMC. I had an early obsession with Arnold Schwarzenegger and learned how to spell his name before I knew my ABCs.

I have seen Predator over a hundred times and used to reenact the entire movie, beginning to end with G.I. Joe toys (although the Predator itself was Amanaman from the Star Wars universe). I started making movies on a VHS camcorder at a young age and adapted Julius Caesar into a mafia action film my sophomore year of high school. The following year I made a feature-length adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel Doctor Sax, turning it into a bizarre (probably pretentious and unwatchable) jazz-filled meditation on imaginary friends and the loss of childhood innocence. After studying English literature at Millikin University, I transferred to Columbia College, Chicago where I received a degree in film. Somewhere in there, I started working as a projectionist.

Name three movies that changed your life?

Halloween, Seven, In the Bedroom

Most cinematic moment?

The Do Long Bridge sequence in Apocalypse Now

Who are your four favorite directors?

John Carpenter, The Coen Brothers, Steven Spielberg, William Friedkin

What is your ultimate double feature?

Sorcerer and Miracle Mile - go Tangerine Dream!

Best experience working at a movie theatre?

Is it serving popcorn to Joe Dante? Or Ray Liotta? Or Rebecca De Mornay? Or how about making a latte for John Landis? Nope. It’s meeting John Hora, cinematographer for Gremlins and co-star of Innerspace, while running How the West Was Won in three-strip Cinerama at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.