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Contributor bios

Matt Zoller Seitz | Founder & Publisher Emeritus

A critic, journalist and filmmaker, Matt Zoller Seitz is the staff TV columnist for and a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in criticism. He has worked as a movie critic for The New York Times, New York Press and New Times Newspapers and as a TV critic for The Star-Ledger of Newark. His video essays about Terrence Malick, Oliver Stone, Kathryn Bigelow, Budd Boetticher, Wes Anderson, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and other directors can be viewed at the The Museum of the Moving Image web site. Seitz is the founder of The House Next Door, a website devoted to critical writing about popular culture. His book-length conversation with Wes Anderson about his films, titled The Wes Anderson Collection, will be published in fall, 2012 by Abrams Books.

Kevin B. Lee | Editor-In-Chief Emeritus

Kevin Lee is Editor in Chief of Fandor, a new video on demand website featuring the best of independent and international films. He is also a film critic and award-winning filmmaker. In addition to editing Keyframe, Kevin contributes to film publications and produces online video essays. He also serves as VP of Programming and Education for dGenerate Films, the only specialty distributor of Chinese independent cinema in the U.S. At Fandor’s Keyframe section, he produces unique video content and feature articles providing essential insights on cinema. Kevin is also Vice President of Programming and Education for dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of Chinese films in the U.S. Kevin has written on film for Time Out, Cinema-scope, Cineaste and Senses of Cinema.


Ken Cancelosi | Co-Founder & Guy Who Makes The Trains Run On Time

Ken Cancelosi is a writer and photographer living in Dallas, Texas. He is the co-founder of Press Play.  




Max Winter | Editor-in-Chief

Max Winter has published reviews in The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York, Bookforum, and other publications. His first book of poems, The Pictures, was published by Tarpaulin Sky Press in 2007, and his second book was published by Subpress in 2013. He co-edits the press Solid Objects, and he is a Poetry Editor of Fence.





Aaron Aradillas

San Antonio-based film critic Aaron Aradillas is a contributor to The House Next Door, a contributor to Moving Image Source, and the host of “Back at Midnight,” an Internet radio program about film and television.


Ali Arikan

Ali Arikan is the chief film critic of Dipnot TV, a Turkish news portal and iPad magazine, and one of Roger Ebert’s Far-Flung Correspondents. Ali is also a regular contributor to The House Next Door, Slant Magazine’s official blog. Occasionally, he updates his personal blog Cerebral Mastication. In addition, his writing appears on various film and pop-culture sites on the blogosphere. You can follow his updates on twitter at



Simon Abrams

Simon Abrams is a New York-based freelance arts critic. His film reviews and features have been featured in the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Slant Magazine, the L Magazine, the New York Press and Time Out Chicago. He currently writes TV criticism for The Onion AV Club and is a contributing writer at the Comics Journal. His writings on film are collected at the blog, Extended Cut.


Jason Bellamy

Jason Bellamy ruminates on cinema at The Cooler and is a regular contributor to Slant Magazine’s The House Next Door, coauthoring The Conversations series with Ed Howard. Follow him on Twitter.




Steven Boone

Steven Boone is a film critic and video essayist for Fandor and Roger Ebert’s Far Flung Correspondents. He writes a column on street life for Capital New York and blogs at Big Media Vandalism.


Serena Bramble

Serena Bramble is a rookie film editor whose montage skills are an end result of accumulated years of movie-watching and loving. Serena is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Teledramatic Arts and Technology from Cal State Monterey Bay. In addition to editing, she also writes on her blog Brief Encounters of the Cinematic Kind.


Dave Bunting, Jr.

Dave Bunting is the co-owner (with his sister and fellow Press Play contributor, Sarah D. Bunting) of King Killer Studios, a popular music rehearsal and performance space in Gowanus, Brooklyn.  He plays guitar and sings in his band, The Stink, and dabbles in photography, video editing, french press coffee, and real estate.  Dave lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and sister.



Sarah D. Bunting

Sarah D. Bunting co-founded Television Without, and has
written for Seventeen, New York Magazine,, Salon, Yahoo!, and others. She’s the chief cook and bottle-washer at



Nelson Carvajal

Nelson Carvajal is an independent digital filmmaker, writer and content creator based out of Chicago, Illinois. His digital short films usually contain appropriated content and have screened at such venues as the London Underground Film Festival. Carvajal runs a blog called FREE CINEMA NOW which boasts the tagline: “Liberating Independent Film And Video From A Prehistoric Value System.”
You can follow Nelson on Twitter here.


James Clarke

James Clarke is a British writer — his most recent book being Movie Movements: Films That Changed The World of Cinema (Kamera Books). He has also contributed words to The Rough Guide to Film (Penguin Books) and has written for the magazines Empire, Resurgence and Imagine amongst other titles and outlets (including the British Film Institute’s education department). As a writer his screenstory became the recently produced short-film Chasing Cotards which premiered at the IMAX in London in 2010 and has since enjoyed screenings at a number of American film festivals. You can follow James on Twitter here.

Edward Copeland

Edward Copeland is a former professional journalist and critic whose career got sidelined by multple sclerosis and other medical mishaps. Now, he just writes what he wants to write about and is editor-in-chief of his own blog Edward Copeland on Film where he has many contributors and covers topics besides film including TV, theater, music and books. He still misses George, so he always uses his face to represent him in the blogosphere.


Brian Darr

Brian Darr is a San Francisco native who works at a library but spends much of his free time watching, researching and writing about film. Since 2005 he has published a blog on local repertory and festival screenings, called Hell On Frisco Bay. He has contributed articles to Senses Of Cinema, GreenCine, and Keyframe, and is a regular writer for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the film editor for First Person Magazine. He’s even dabbled in programming 16mm film and video.


Tony Dayoub

Atlanta-based freelance writer Tony Dayoub writes about film and television for his blog, Cinema Viewfinder, and reviews DVDs and Blu-rays for Nomad Editions: Wide Screen, a digital weekly. His criticism has also been featured in Slant’s The House Next Door blog, Opposing Views and Follow him on Twitter.




Jim Emerson

Jim Emerson is a Seattle-based writer, film critic and online video-maker whose lust for movies has led to experience in many fields, including screenwriting, studio “development hell” and production; editing and post-production; exhibition, promotion, film festival and series programming; features, interviews and criticism for many outlets (in print and on the Internet); and academic study. He is the founding editor of (where he also publishes his blog Scanners), was the editor of Microsoft Cinemania, and has been the editorial director of and Emerson was movie critic for the Orange County Register, and has written for many other publications and web sites including the Knight-Ridder syndicate, Seattle Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Rocket, Los Angeles Times, Film Comment,, Premiere and KUOW-FM (NPR, Seattle). He has also written and co-written other stuff, like plays and television comedy.

Steven Erickson

Steve Erickson is a freelance writer who lives in New York. He has also made 4 shorts, the most recent one being 2009’s SQUAWK. He writes for Gay city News, Fandor’s blog, the Nashville Scene, Film Comment, the Tribeca Film Festival’s website, The Atlantic website and has written for many other publications.


Marilyn Ferdinand

Marilyn Ferdinand is founder and a principal of Ferdy on Films and cofounder and a principal of For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon, a unique fundraising blogathon now entering its third year. Marilyn has contributed film criticism to Fandor, Time Out Chicago, Wonders in the Dark, and Bright Lights Film Journal. She is a member of the Online Film Critics Society. A Chicago native and lifer, she carries on in the grand journalistic tradition of columnists in her city by using a headshot that reflects a reality long past.



Ross Freeman

Ross Freedman grew up in film, having a father who taught movies and surrounded his life with film. Ross has graduated from the Schuler School of Professional Art and has spent most of his life doing free-lance and professional artwork but his main interest is movies. He resides in Baltimore and has contributed  film pieces to other publications.


Jose Gallegos

Jose Gallegos is an aspiring filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelors in Cinema/Television Production and French from the University of Southern California, and in the fall he will be attending graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he will be majoring in Film Studies. His student films can be found on YouTube and you can also follow him on Twitter.



Louis Godfrey

Louis Godfrey currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC. He is originally from Salt Lake City, UT, where he spent five years reporting on politics and court cases, before turning to writing on film. He also likes cats.


Ian Grey

Ian Grey has written, co-written or been a contributor to books on cinema, fine art, fashion, identity politics, music and tragedy. Magazines and newspapers that have his articles include Detroit Metro Times,, Icon Magazine, International Musician and Recording World, Lacanian Ink, MusicFilmWeb, New York Post, The Perfect Sound, Salon, Smart Money Magazine, Teeth of the Divine, Venuszine, and Time Out/New York


Rowan Kaiser

Rowan Kaiser is a freelance pop culture critic currently living in the Bay Area. He is a staff writer at The A.V. Club, covering television and literature. He also writes about video games for several different publications, including Joystiq and Paste Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @rowankaiser for unimportant musings on media and extremely important kitten photographs.


John Keefer

John Keefer is a writer/director of short films working out of Phoenixville, PA. You can view his work here. You can follow him on twitter here.



Peter Labuza

Peter Labuza is a film writer in New York City originally from Minnesota. He was the former film editor for the Columbia Daily Spectator and has contributed pieces for the CUArts Blog, Film Matters, and MNDialog. He plans to attend graduate school and focus on the history of American film genres. He currently blogs about film at You can also follow him on Twitter.


Violet LeVoit

Violet LeVoit is a video producer and editor, film critic, and media educator whose film writing has appeared in many publications in the US and UK. She is the author of the short story collection I Am Genghis Cum (Fungasm Press). She lives in Philadelphia.


Craig D. Lindsey

Craig D. Lindsey used to have a job, as the film critic and pop-culture columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer. Now, he’s back out there hustling, writing about whatever for Nashville Scene, the Greensboro News & Record, Philadelphia Weekly, the Independent Weekly and other publications. He has a Tumblr blog now ( You can also hit him up on Twitter (

Deborah Lipp

Deborah Lipp is the co-owner of Basket of Kisses, whose motto is “smart discussion about smart television.” She is the author of six books, including “The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book.”




Kim Morgan

Kim Morgan is a film, music and culture writer. She’s written for numerous outlets including LA Weekly, The Oregonian, The Willamette Week, MSN Movies, Salon, IFC, Entertainment Weekly, GQ and Garage Magazine. She’s guest lectured at Cal State, presented movies at both the Los Angeles and Palm Springs Film Noir Festival and for the New School noir series, and served on the Sundance Film Festival’s short films jury. She’s appeared on AMC, Reelz and in the documentary feature American Grindhouse. She sat in for Roger Ebert, co-hosting Ebert & Roeper and has contributed to his newest show. Most exciting was guest programming for Turner Classic Movies. She’s currently working with Guy Maddin on his “Hauntings” project appearing in three films, two with Udo Kier, and one with a white wolf. Read her at Sunset Gun.

Stephen T. Neave

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Stephen T. Neave is an actor, writer and filmmaker. He acted in Matt Zoller Seitz’s Home and Jared Kupsc’s The Reflecting Pool., and co-wrote, directed and starred in Good Humor, a comedy about an idealistic college graduate who buys an ice cream truck hoping to become a beacon of joy for neighborhood children, only to receive a harsh lesson in the realities of being a small business owner.


Robert Nishimura

Robert Nishimura is a Japan-based filmmaker, artist, and freelance designer. Born and raised in Panamá, he then moved to the US, working at the University of Pittsburgh and co-directing Life During Wartime, a short-lived video collective for local television. After fleeing to Japan, he co-founded the Capi Gallery in Western Honshu before becoming a permanent resident. He currently is designing for DVD distributors in Japan and the US, making short and feature films independently, and is a contributing artist for the H.P. France Group and their affiliate companies.
All of his designs can be found at Primolandia Productions and his non-commercial video work is at For Criterion Consideration.

Jonathan Pacheco

Jonathan Pacheco contributes film and theater criticism to The House Next Door and Edward Copeland on Film while only pretending to write on his own site, Bohemian Cinema. In order to eat, he works in the Dallas area as a darn good web developer. Follow him on Twitter, if you like.

Lisa Rosman

Lisa Rosman writes the indieWire film blog New Deal Sally and has reviewed film for Marie Claire, Time Out New York,, LA Weekly, Us Weekly, Premiere and, where she was film editor for five years. She has also commentated for the Oxygen Channel, TNT, the IFC and NY1. You can follow Lisa on twitter here.



Paul Rowlands

Paul Rowlands writes about film on his website, He lives in Japan, where he also teaches English. Originally from the UK, he has lived in Japan since 1999. His writing has also appeared in the James Bond journal, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. On his site, he covers films he believes to be misunderstood, under-rated or brilliant, and interviews actors and filmmakers associated with such films.




Steven Santos

Steven Santos is currently a freelance television editor/filmmaker based in New York. He has cut docu-series for cable networks such as MTV, The Travel Channel, The Biography Channel, The Science Channel and Animal Planet. His work can be found at He writes about films at his blog The Fine Cut ( You can also follow him on Twitter (!/stevensantos).

Chris Stangl

Chris Stangl lives, writes, paints, draws comics and drinks coffee in Los Angeles. Besides designing the Press Play logo, he has done sundry artwork for Meltdown Comics, The Steve Allen Theater, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, musician Old Man Charlie, and illustrated the humor book The Explosexuawesome Career Guide. He blogs on film and television at The Exploding Kinetoscope. Like all native Californians, he comes from Iowa.

Matthias Stork

Matthias Stork is a film scholar-critic from Germany who continues to pursue an academic career at UCLA where he studies film and television. He has an MA in Education with emphasis on American and French literature and film from Goethe University, Frankfurt. He has attended The Cannes film festival twice (2010/2011) as a representitive of Goethe University’s film school and you can read his blog here.


Peter Tonguette

Peter Tonguette is the author of Orson Welles Remembered and The Films of James Bridges. He is currently writing a critical study of the films of Peter Bogdanovich for the University Press of Kentucky and editing a collection of interviews with Bogdanovich for the University Press of Mississippi. You can visit Peter’s website here.


Masha Tupitsyn

Masha Tupitsyn is the author of LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film (ZerO Books, 2011), Beauty Talk & Monsters, a collection of film-based stories (Semiotext(e) Press, 2007), co-editor of the anthology Life As We Show It: Writing on Film (City Lights, 2009), and the multi-media book Love Dog, forthcoming with Penny-Ante Editions in April, 2013. She is also currently finishing a new collection of essays, Screen to Screen. Her fiction and criticism have appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies The American Tetralogy (2013), Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology (2012), The Encyclopedia Project Volume 2, F-K (2010) and Wreckage of Reason: XXperimental Women Writers Writing in the 21st Century (2008), as well as The White Review, BOMBlog, The New Inquiry, Fence, Bookforum, Berfrois, The Rumpus, Sex Magazine, Two Serious Ladies, Specter Magazine, Boing Boing, Keyframe, Venus Magazine, Animal Shelter, The Fanzine, Make/Shift, Drunken Boat, and San Francisco’s KQED’s The Writer’s Block. She has written video essays on film and culture for Ryeberg Curated Video, which features writers like Mary Gaitskill and Sheila Heti. In 2011, she wrote a radio play for Performa 11, Time for Nothing, the New Visual Art Performance Biennial in conjunction with Frieze Magazine. Her blog is:

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