About Us

Leadership


Cynthia Li is a senior studying Computer Science and 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. This will be Cynthia's fourth year involved with Film Club and her third as Co-President!

Issac Flores is a senior majoring in Bioengineering with a minor in Chemistry. His love of film started with the original Spider-Man trilogy and went on from there. In his free time, besides watching films, he plays board games and reads. This is his fourth year as a part of film club and his second year as Social Media and Communications Lead.

Stephanie Chuang is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Cinema and 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 third year in Film Club and second year as Website Lead.

Joel Garcia is a senior studying Communications. He’s 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. He’s been a part of film club for the past three years, and is in his second year as Co-President.

Jim Saunders is a junior 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 third year being a part of film club, and his second year as Podcast Lead.

Site Authors


Jim Saunders is a junior 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 third year being a part of film club, and his third year on the writing team.

Cynthia Li is a senior studying Computer Science and 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. This will be Cynthia's fourth year involved with Film Club and her third on the writing team!

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.

Tansy Huang is a sophomore hoping to study Business and Cinema and Media Studies. Tansy’s a big fan of films that will make her deeply upset, absolutely hysterical, or both. Some of her favorite films include Requiem for a Dream, Leave No Trace, and Mad Max: Fury Road. Any suggestions would be highly welcomed! When she’s not streaming movies, Tansy might be listening to alt rock or indie pop, cooking something scrappy, or trying something new. This is her second year in UW Film Club and first year on the writing team.

Maddie McDougall is a sophomore studying English and Cinema and Media Studies. She has always enjoyed movies but fell in love with cinema in high school after learning about the classics from one of her friends and her screenwriting family and has been hooked ever since. When she’s not rewatching Almost Famous she can also be found writing, loudly singing along to her favorite music, or working in the theatre. This is her first year on the writing team after joining Film Club in the spring and looks forward to a great year full of amazing cinema!

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.

Rohan Patel is a junior studying Marketing and Cinema & Media Studies. 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 third year in UW Film Club and his second on the writing team.

Rithu Manoharan is a junior studying Electrical Engineering. She has a passion for learning the science behind how things work. Her love of movies is tied to her love of reading and general fascination with the art of storytelling. She’s most recently enjoyed reading Terry Pratchett and experiencing Beyoncé’s new film. In her free time, Rithu loves creative writing, watching video essays on YouTube, and secretly enjoying the lack of social interaction in quarantine. This is her second year in Film Club and on the writing team.

Stephanie Chuang is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Cinema and 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 third year in Film Club and third year on the writing team.

Joe Lollo is a junior double majoring in English and Communication. Having a love for film since childhood, they want to watch as many films as they can in life. Aside from watching movies, they enjoy playing and writing music, photography, and gaming. Joe is currently a teaching assistant in the English department, and are active in Unite UW and the queer student community on campus. They hope to integrate their love of film into their future career as a college professor. This is Joe's third year in Film Club and second on the writing team.

Sarah Snyder is an undeclared sophomore who is interested in all things media. She's loved movies ever since she saw Dr. Strangelove at 10 years old. When she's not watching movies, she enjoys listening to podcasts, reading, and learning obscure bits of trivia. This is Sarah's second year in the Film Club and on the writing team.

Jesus Alfaro is a junior studying in Media & Communication. His love of cinema stems when he started to watch movies at a young age after watching classics such as The Lion King & The Mummy (1999). Jesus loves to collect, watch, talk and review about new and old films, especially if it’s Micheal Mann’s Heat to Chad or Stahelski’s John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

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.

Ryan Circelli is a junior studying computer science. He always loved watching movies but it wasn't until his senior year of high school when he fell in love with how they tell stories in all kinds of ways. This is his third year in the Film Club and second year on the writing team.

Piper Coyner is a junior majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and Cinema and Media Studies. Piper’s always been a voracious reader and a lover of narrative art, but it was during her sophomore year of high school that she really became a cinephile and began to learn all she could about movies. Her favorite genres are historical epics, family dramas, and war films, and she loves Italian, French, and Iranian cinema. Due to a childhood obsession with maritime disasters, her favorite film is Titanic. 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 third year in Film Club and her second year on the writing team.

Ajay Rawat is a sophomore studying Computer Science. His love for movies began when he watched The Dark Knight (his favorite movie of all-time) in IMAX. He never gets bored watching comic book movies, both live-action and animated. Being from Mumbai, India, he enjoys international films. Some of his other favorite movies are Inglorious Bastards, 3 Idiots, and The Godfather. Besides watching movies, Ajay plays keyboards and harmonica, watches stand-ups and plays video games. This is his second year in Film Club and on the writing team.

Madelyn Land is a senior studying English and Political Science. Her love of film was born the moment she saw the Lady Bird title sequence appear on screen. When she’s not obsessing over Sofia Coppola she can be found listening to a podcast, watching Rupaul’s Drag Race, or defending the deliciousness of La Croix. This is her third year in Film Club and 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.

Past Leadership


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!