Adam Loomis is an animation and video artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also an organizer and participant of HELLAVISION TELEVISION ANIMATION SHOW, a volunteer at the Trylon Cinema, and a former short films programmer for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. See more of his work here: https://www.adamloomis.com/.
Ahmed AbdulMageed is an Egyptian-Palestinian aspiring film & media scholar. He obtained his BA from St. Olaf College in 2020, double-majoring in Film & Media Studies and Russian Area Studies. Ahmed is currently the film programming coordinator at Mizna.
Alexander Gray is a 30-something-year-old native of Pittsburgh who has spent time in Japan, Minnesota, and Northern California. A graduate of Macalester College in Saint Paul, he has worked as a Japanese translator, a civil servant, and (unfortunately) a tech minion. He likes black cats.
Alex Kies is a writer in the Twin Cities. In addition to being a lifelong Godzilla fan, he has been going to the Trylon since it opened its doors.
Alisha Robberstad is a woman with arms, crooked teeth, and ten toenails. A skinny dipper, film watcher, and a collector of records with dicks on the covers.
Ann Romine first fell in love with the movies at the Bijou on the University of Minnesota campus in the late 1980s, watching films of Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen & Andrei Tarkovsky, among others. A Minneapolis native, Ann has volunteered at the former U Film Society and Oak Street Cinema, and at the Trylon Cinema since 2009 (back when it was a Micro Cinema.) A lover of all genres, she is especially fond of crime stories, period dramas, and movies of the 1970s, Saturday Night Fever being a favorite. Her other pastimes include gardening and tap dancing.
Benjamin Savard is a writer and video editor who has been volunteering at the Trylon since 2017. He studied film and media culture at Middlebury College and the University of Edinburgh, but still doesn’t know what “media culture” means. He has kept a detailed spreadsheet of all the media he consumes since 2013. He has watched 873 movies in that time. His favorite people in the film world are Agnès Varda, Mike Leigh, Barbara Stanwyck, Charlie Chaplin, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Ask him about his cat.
Betsy Midnight is a nonprofit education entrepreneur who unwinds by watching movies at her sewing table. The first movie she and her spouse, Justin, watched together was Boogie Nights at the Lagoon back in 1997; she was only 15 at the time and got in big trouble with her Mom. Betsy and Justin collect and write about movies together now; for more, check out midnightmovietrain.com.
Brad Stiffler is an adjunct instructor of media and cultural studies at several local institutions of higher learning who one day hopes to find a box of money.
Caitlyn Dibble has been a Trylon volunteer since 2015. She’s a chronic movie-cryer, part-time barista and current student in environmental science. She loves pre-9/11 blockbusters, existentialist movies about spies, Anthony Perkins’ nervous energy, all kinds of westerns and that time Ingrid Bergman went tuna fishing in Stromboli. She hates most films that can be described as “sensual” or that contain too many mouth noises.
Caroline Rutkiewicz is a Minnesotan and a 22-year-old, film-degree-holding, slightly confused artist. Trying all sorts of art forms from film to digital art to clothing, she will always gravitate toward unhinged women, art that leaves you questioning yourself, and re-consuming childhood favorites for any sense of comfort.
Charlie Couture (@zombieoncanvas) is an emerging artist based out of St Paul. Each piece of his work is a love letter to the horror and cult films from video stores of his childhood. It can be seen at comic cons and gallery shows throughout the Midwest.
Collier White (Trylon volunteer emeritus) now resides in Long Beach, CA, where he’s surrounded by movie settings, (like the filthy L.A. River), and movie people, (Evan Peters drives a Prius), but where there isn’t a theater as cool as the Trylon. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and a Danish film Folkehøjskole, he would tell you, “There’s no place like home,” but he only quotes Judy Garland when he’s been drinking.
Dan Murphy is a Twin Cities based visual artist, filmmaker, and musician. He’s currently interested in French Crime films of the 1960s and 70s, strange Polish films from the 1970s and 80s, and schlocky B-movies from any time at all.
Daniel Lawrence Aufmann is a Ph.D student in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, where his research focuses on the connections between silent cinema and the politics of the American women’s suffrage movement. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, he holds an MA in Film and Media Studies from Columbia University, where he wrote his master’s thesis on the topic of female action heroes in American silent film. His article “Silent Suffragists: Activism, Popular Cinema, and Women’s Rights in 1910s America” appeared in Volume 6 of Zapruder World.
Finn Odum exists in between the planes of media, geography, and frantic requests for someone to drive her somewhere. A social media professional and a half-decent writer, Finn will not rest until John finally screens Air Bud at the Trylon. She can be found rambling about “self-reflexive horror” and other nonsense on her twitter (@finnematic).
Greg Hunter is an arts writer and a graphic novel editor based in Minneapolis. He is kind to animals, serious about breakfast, and a fan of any movie starring Toshiro Mifune or Harry Dean Stanton.
Jeremy Meckler is the co-author of Still Dots, a micro-analysis of Carol Reed’s The Third Man, a contributor to World Film Locations: Cleveland, and was a founding editor of the film journal Joyless Creatures (RIP). He is a PhD candidate in the University of Minnesota’s Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society program, where his work centers on the relationship between avant garde film and video and mass culture.
A thick, greying fog of vicious gastrointestinal distress, Jesse Lawson has haunted the Trylon an estimated 100+ times since 2011. He dwells ever in the doomed obscurity of dissertation writing, toiling under a doctoral program whose tormented title is uttered only by those who, when asked what they study, wish to immediately change the subject.
Joe Midthun was born in a small mining town in East Central Minnesota. He attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education, studied screenwriting at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and film production at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author and co-creator of World Book’s Building Blocks educational comic series. He lives and works in Minneapolis as a(n) _______________ with emphasis in fine art and visual effects for film.
Justin Midnight is a former manager of a North Carolina Hollywood Video and a lifelong lover of movies, from French New Wave to Troma. He lives in Northeast, where he runs after-school programs for middle schoolers as he works to gradually improve what is already a pretty awesome film collection (long live physical media!). For more filmic celebrations and skewerings from Justin, or if you want to borrow a movie, check out midnightmovietrain.com.
Lamia Abukhadra is an artist and writer based in Minneapolis and Beirut. Her practice studies and confronts the irrational truths present within settler colonial power structures, derived from imaginaries, ethoses, and ontological tools, and their extractive repercussions. Using Palestine as a microcosm of urgency and resistance, she embeds speculative frameworks, intuited from practices present long before the settler colonial project. Her works bring to light intimate and historical connections, poetic occurrences, and generative possibilities of survival, mutation, and self-determination.
Lukas Lock-Scamp is a student at Macalester College who aspires to one day know what he wants to do and to perhaps find fun in the small things before this major discovery.
Maria Gomez has been a volunteer with Trylon since 2010, has 3 cats, and resides in Saint Paul. She enjoys movies of all genres and ages that vary from classic comedies to dark fantasy. A few of her favorite film makers and personalities are Charlie Chaplin, James Wan, Guillermo Del Toro, Doug Jones, and Mel Brooks. Quotes are also a personal fave: “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” – Charlie Chaplin
Matt Levine is a freelance novelist, film critic, and screenwriter based in Minneapolis. He’s been a Trylon volunteer since 2011 and an insatiable movie fan since about 1992. His ideal day consists of bike riding, throwing a tennis ball around in a lake, buying some records, and finishing up at an area movie theater for anything from Kenji Mizoguchi to Kelly Reichardt.
Matthew Tchepikova-Treon is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota where he teaches courses on pop culture, cinema, literature, and media. He is currently writing his dissertation: “X-Rated Sound: One-hundred Years of 1972.” Additional writing of his appears in Jump Cut, Flow, and the (forthcoming) collected volume The Soundtrack Album: Listening to Media (edited by Paul Reinsch & Laurel Westrup, Routledge University Press). He also co-founded and continues to operate the Moving Image, Media, & Sound research collaborative with UMN’s Institute for Advanced Study. Approximately 87% of his one-hundred favorite films at any given time could be classified as some version of horror cinema.
Michael Lockhart is a senior at Macalester College in Saint Paul, majoring in media cultural studies and philosophy. He has a background in film analysis through his coursework at Macalester and as a volunteer on the selection committee for the 2018 Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival.
Michael Popham is a communications manager with Minnesota Public Radio in Saint Paul. He has been a Trylon volunteer since 2010. He has written numerous pieces for Perisphere, the blog of the Trylon Cinema, and served as editor from 2015 – 2016. He scripted the award winning radio series Primitive James and currently writes about film for The Horror Incorporated Project (horrorincorporated.com).
Michelle Baroody has been a volunteer at the Trylon since 2013. She holds a PhD in comparative lit from UMN, where she taught film and literature classes, and she is the programmer of Mizna’s Film Series at the Trylon and the annual Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. She loves watching and analyzing films, and she hopes to one day build an archive of film prints and ephemera under the Trylon’s projection booth. Her favorite Trylon viewing experiences include The Sparrow, Point Break, Kings of the Road, Sweetie, 3 Women and Soleil O.
Nick Kouhi is a freelance film programmer and film critic. An avid cinephile, Nick’s interests include East Asian Cinema, particularly Iranian films, as well as classic melodrama and American Independent films. He recently earned his Master of Arts in Programming and Curation at the National Film & Television School in the UK. He is a frequent contributor to What If Cinema?, a website co-founded with fellow programmers hailing from three other countries around the world. Nick has also written for Sight & Sound Magazine, Radical Art Review, and Kouhi Films.
Olga Tchepikova-Treon is a PhD student and graduate instructor in film, cultural, and media studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, volunteering at the Trylon since 2017. She gets most excited about Trylon’s weird, b-movie, and cult film programming and is a keen observer of the now almost obsolete craft of analogue theatrical film projection.
Sabrina Crews is a longtime Trylon acolyte and recent volunteer. Her most memorable experiences at the cinema include The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra live scoring Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman, discovering Elliott Gould, every second Setsuko Hera was on screen during the Yasujirō Ozu series, a rare U.S. screening of The Mother and the Whore and that one time she accidentally burned the popcorn during her concessions shift for Valley Girl (and hasn’t since, Barry). Sabrina is certain the 1970s was the best decade for filmmaking but is making more of an effort to keep up with new releases.
Shivaun Watchorn has been a patron of the Trylon since it opened and a volunteer since 2017. She’s still learning about film. She enjoys editing writing about arts and culture and has written for a number of fanzines. She played on the Trylon softball team for two summers.
Ted Harwood has been a Trylon volunteer since 2016. He lives with his wife and daughter in Minneapolis and enjoys thinking and writing about film, music, video games, and soccer.
Terry Serres is a plant nerd, year-round bicyclist, unrepentant Francophile, and devoted dog dad. He works as a restoration ecologist for Landbridge Ecological. Like Agnès Varda, he is a purveyor of tree factoids. He’s waited a long time to watch on the big screen the films in the Varda series. His Letterboxd handle is CineQuaNon.
Thom Robertson received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He lives and breathes for AMAZING illustration, comics, film, and tabletop games. He excels in depicting fictional themes such as fantasy, science fiction, horror, and the supernatural. His clients include General Mills, Mojo Solo, TRYLON, NAQT, Creatis, Fantasy Flight Games, and the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra. His work has been displayed at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
Todd Melby co-produced We Don’t Talk Like That: Fargo and the Midwest Psyche, an audio documentary about the 1996 Coen Brothers movie. He is also a reporter and podcast producer at American Public Media and is currently working on a book about Fargo, which will be published in 2020 by MNHS Press.
Tom Schroeder has completed sixteen animated films since 1990. His films have been broadcast on Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel, Canal + France and Spain,SBS in Australia, CBC in Canada and Pacific Voice in Japan. Tom also teaches animation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Learn more about his work here: einausanimation.com
Zach Jansen is an award-winning screenwriter living in Saint Paul. He has a B.A. in Screenwriting from Metropolitan State University (Saint Paul) and graduate degrees in Library and Information Science from Saint Catherine University (Saint Paul) and Film Studies from National University (San Diego). A true cinephile with eclectic tastes, his favorite films include Citizen Kane, They Live, Psycho, Dogville, Badlands, Jeanne Dielman, and Hot Rod. When not watching movies, writing movies, or writing about movies, he has the best of times enjoying the Twin Cities with his wife Bria and sons Evan and Noah.