About Us

Leadership


Cynthia Li is a junior 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 third year involved with Film Club and her second as Co-President!

Issac Flores is a junior majoring in Bioengineering. 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 third year as a part of film club and his first year as Social Media and Communications Lead.

Stephanie Chuang is a sophomore 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, reading, playing the flute, and Asian food. This is her second year in Film Club and second year on the writing team.

Joel Garcia is a junior 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 two years, and is in his first year as Co-President.

Jim Saunders is a sophomore studying Political Science and Informatics. 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 second year being a part of film club, and his first year as Podcast Lead.

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Jim Saunders is a sophomore studying Political Science and Informatics. 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 second year being a part of film club, and his second year on the writing team.

Cynthia Li is a junior 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 third year involved with Film Club and her second on the writing team!

Stefan de Villiers is a freshman studying Economics and Philosophy. He’s always been a fan of movies, but it was SIFF 2018 and a screening 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 screenplays. This is his first year in Film Club and on the writing team.

PJ Knapke is a freshman 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 first year in Film Club and his first as a member of the writing team.

Tansy Huang is a freshman 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 first 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 junior 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 first year in Film Club and on the writing team.

Rohan Patel is a sophomore 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, especially horror films. As for his other interests, Rohan is a huge fan of the Seahawks and loves spending time with his dog. This his second year in UW Film Club and the first year on the writing team.

Alice Miller is a freshman studying English. Film has had a very influential role in her life, with her dad introducing her to the classics from elementary school onward. Her favorites include, but aren't limited to: Rushmore, Lost in Translation, The Color Purple, and of course, Legally Blonde. In her free time, she loves acting (both on stage and in film), writing, and pondering life's greatest questions. This is Alice's first year in film club and on the writing team.

Stephanie Chuang is a sophomore 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, reading, playing the flute, and Asian food. This is her second year in Film Club and second year on the writing team.

Aleks Jovcic is a sophomore studying Computer Science. His love of film and filmmaking really started in high school with a few teachers that really nourished his passion. Beyond film, he enjoys music, D&D, and writing. This year is both his second with the club and with the writing team.

Joe Lollo is a sophomore double majoring in English and Education, Communities & Organizations with a passion for film and media theory. A male-leaning genderqueer and bisexual themselves, Joe is a huge fan of LGBT, minority, and especially cat representation in films. They hope to integrate their love of film into their future career as a teacher. Besides movies, Joe also loves music, photography, drawing, and hiking, and is active in Unite UW on campus. This is Joe's second year in Film Club and first on the writing team.

Sarah Snyder is an undeclared freshman. She's loved movies ever since she saw Dr. Strangelove at 10 years old. When she's not watching movies, she enjoys watching tv, listening to music, and drinking coffee. This is Sarah's first 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 freshman studying Political Science 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 first year in Film Club and his first as a member of the writing team.

Ryan Circelli is a sophomore 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 second year in the Film Club and first year on the writing team.

Armon Mahdavi a junior double majoring in Comparative Literature and History. He fell in love with movies when he saw Jaws at the Castro Theater in San Francisco when he was 5. His biggest regret is being offered a slice of pizza by Francis Ford Coppola when he was 7 and he said no. This is his first year in Film Club and on the Writing Team.

Long Tran is a graduate student and TA in Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media. His love for cinema was catalyzed with his first viewing of Pulp Fiction, which inspired him to pursue filmmaking, which developed into furthering his education in film studies. His films were screened, covered, and honored by SIFF, Wong Fu Productions, NBC, Adobe, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In addition to his cinematic pursuits, he is a boba connoisseur and is obsessed with black and green milk tea. His favorite food is phở and bún bò huế. With over 6 years of experience working in the film industry working on anything from music videos, documentaries, television shows, and feature films, in addition to his scholarly interests in Vietnamese cinema and media relating to the Vietnam War, Long appropriately finds himself in his first year joining the Film Club and 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!