About Us

Leadership


President

Stephanie Chuang (she/her) is a senior majoring in Computer Science as well as Cinema & Media Studies, with a minor in music. She got into movies after she watched the Oscars for the first time in eighth grade and has been obsessed ever since. Additionally, she enjoys musicals, solving crosswords, playing the flute, and Asian food. This is her fourth year in Film Club and first as President. She has previously served two years as Website Lead.

Social Media Lead

Maddie McDougall (she/her) is a senior studying Creative Writing and Cinema & Media Studies. She fell in love with cinema in high school and decided in college that she wanted to make it her life’s passion. When she’s not rewatching Almost Famous she can be found writing, attempting to belt along to her favorite songs (probably something by the Beatles), or spending time with friends (probably talking about film). This is her third year as a club member and first year in a leadership role. Maddie looks forward to another year of working with such an amazing team!

Podcast Lead

Rohan Patel (he/him) is a senior studying Marketing and Cinema & Media Studies, with a minor in Anthropology. He first fell in love with film when he watched The Social Network and, ever since then, has been obsessed with all films and genres. As for his other interests, Rohan is a huge fan of the Seahawks and loves spending time with his dog. This his fourth year in UW Film Club and his first in a leadership role.

Piper Coyner

Website Lead

Piper Coyner (she/her) is a senior majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization as well as Cinema & Media Studies. Piper has always been a voracious reader and a lover of narrative art, but it was only during her sophomore year of high school, when she first watched The Graduate, that she truly became a cinephile. Her favorite films include Singin' in the Rain, The Godfather, and The Young Girls of Rochefort. When she’s not watching movies, reading novels, or stressing about school, Piper likes to learn languages, explore Seattle, and laugh at memes on film Twitter. This is Piper’s fourth year in Film Club and her first in a leadership role.

Site Authors


Jim Saunders is a senior studying Economics and Cinema & Media Studies. His love for film and media came into fruition from a very young age, but that love wasn’t fully explored until he saw La La Land, the film that inspired him to start a film club at his high school. When he’s not watching or reviewing movies, he’s either playing guitar, hanging out with his dog, or spending too much time on Reddit. This is his fourth year being a part of film club, and his third year on the writing team. Jim previously served for two years as Podcast Lead.

Stefan de Villiers is a sophomore studying Economics and Philosophy. He’s always been a fan of movies, but it was SIFF 2018 and a showing of First Reformed that made him fall in love with the silver screen. Outside of watching films, Stefan enjoys playing/watching soccer and writing his own stories. This is his second year in Film Club and on the writing team.

PJ Knapke is a sophomore who is currently undecided on his major(s). He has been in love with film since he watched In the Mood for Love in his sophomore year of high school and decided to watch as many movies and write as many reviews as he could manage. When not watching films, PJ enjoys reading, photography, and watching/playing soccer and basketball. This is his second year in Film Club and his second as a member of the writing team.

Lucas Pryor is a senior and this is his first year at the UW. He am currently double majoring in Cinema Studies and English with a minor in DXARTS. He's loved film pretty much his whole life but he really grew attached when he saw Moonlight four times in the theater. Particularly in recent years, his passion has grown into pretty much watching a movie a day. As for other hobbies/interests, he is an avid baseball/Mariners fan, golfs every weekend, and is currently working on his third feature screenplay. This is his second year in Film Club and on the writing team.

Luke Wilhelm is a freshman hoping to major in English. He’s loved movies and storytelling for as long as he can remember, but his love of thinking and writing about movies came after reading a very long piece about Star Wars. His hobbies include playing Dungeons and Dragons, designing tabletop games, and spending too much time on Twitter. His favorite movie is The Grand Budapest Hotel, even though he doesn’t like Wes Anderson’s other films all that much. This is Luke’s first year in Film Club and on the writing team.

Joe Lollo

Joe Lollo (they/them pronouns) is a senior student, English major, and Education/Informatics double minor. Having a love for film, literature, and other arts since childhood, they want to engage with and do as many creative things as they can in life and hope to bring their love for film into their future career in education. While mostly into science fiction and comedy, Joe can be entertained by almost everything you put in front of them, and they have an unashamed love for musicals, teen comedies, and over-the-top action films. When they’re not reading or watching movies, you can find Joe gaming, playing music, hanging out with the Newman Center ministry at UW, or catching up on hot gossip through the social media of C-list celebrities. This is Joe's fourth, and final, year in Film Club and on the writing team.

Levi Bond is a sophomore double majoring in Political Science & History with the intent of attending Law school. He discovered his passion for film in his childhood, obsessively watching Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade until the VHS tapes wore thin. He loves to discuss the finer points of the film industry but is just as willing to talk about how great Tron: Legacy is at the same time. This is his second year in Film Club as well as his second as a member of the writing team.

Kenna Fojas is a sophomore who is studying Psychology and Cinema & Media Studies. She has been in love with movies ever since she can remember and is so thrilled to share her passion with UW. She is fascinated by films and filmmaking whether it’s feature-length films or two minute videos on Vimeo. When she isn’t watching movies or talking about them she is making art, going to concerts, or exploring Seattle! This is Kenna’s second year in Film Club and on the writing team.

Ari Snyder (they/them) is a junior double-majoring in English and Cinema and Media Studies. Ari has loved movies ever since they saw Dr. Strangelove for the first time at 10 years old. When they're not watching movies, they enjoy listening to podcasts, reading, and getting way too invested in baseball. This is Ari's third year in the Film Club and on the writing team.

Past Leadership


Cynthia Li is a former club president serving from fall 2017-spring 2020. She studied Computer Science as well as Cinema & Media Studies. Her love of movies stems from an obsession with the Oscars and celebrity/pop culture. Cynthia loves to talk about films and the film industry (seriously ask her friends and family) at club meetings, so she’s happy to talk to anyone about any film, especially A Star is Born. T

Joel Garcia is a former club president serving from fall 2019-spring 2021. He received a degree in Communications. Joel has been in love with film from a young age, his interest probably stemming from the joy of seeing Sam and Frodo get rescued by those eagles atop Mount Doom. When he’s not watching movies, Joel is also passionate about photography and music.

Jamie Housen is a former club president serving from Fall 2015-Spring 2018. He  studied Entrepreneurship and Operations Management at the Foster School of Business. He's an avid Seattle sports fan and when not watching movies closely follows United States politics. In addition to Film Club, he was heavily involved in TEDxUofW.

Louie Ghalib is a former film club president serving from Fall 2018-Winter 2019. He studied Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to to being a movie fan, Louie is also a huge audiophile. In his spare time you can find him watching movies or making music.

Greg Arietta is a former club president serving Fall 2016-Spring 2019. He studied Cinema & Media Studies and Finance at the Foster School of Business with a minor in Political Science. He's wildly fascinated with movies, film construction, and cinema production. Greg tries to go to the theaters at least once a week and loves to talk about film at club meetings.

Sierra Stella is a former club president serving from Fall 2018-Winter 2019. She studied Creative Writing in the College of Arts and Sciences. She grew up loving movies, sparked by an obsession with The Wizard of Oz at approximately age three. She attended Film Jeopardy at Dawg Daze her freshman year and never looked back!