Hello! I'm a Chicago-based critic, academic, and freelance journalist. While film and TV are my focus, I also enjoy writing about politics, business, history, video games, and queer culture.
I'm a regular contributor at publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, RogerEbert.com, Playboy, The Guardian, Birth.Movies.Death, and others. Since 2015, I've been a staff columnist at Film School Rejects, writing two features or reviews a week. I've helped interview and onboard interns and run the popular Twitter account One.Perfect.Shot. I also wear many hats for Paste Magazine, recapping Girls, Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, and Orphan Black for the site as well as contributing film and video game criticism.
During 2016, I became a member of the prestigious Chicago Film Critics Association and graduated with a Masters degree in Media and Cinema Studies at DePaul University a year later. I earned my undergraduate degree in management information systems and film at the University of Oklahoma. Before realizing I couldn't suppress my need to write, my past lives have seen me as a systems analyst, a programmer, an IT auditor, an editor, and a marching band technical instructor. I've covered festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival, Los Cabos International Film Festival, EbertFest, deadCENTER, and the Chicago Critics Film Festival, telling stories of people, films, and how they interact to enrich our culture.
I live in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood with my two cats, Fuji and Gimli, while they wait to eat me. I play a lot of card games, video games, and comedy albums as I procrastinate my writing. I enjoy a well-mixed cocktail and karaoke/trivia nights of embarrassing competitiveness. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter.