THE CINAPSE VISION
- We think about film: Criticism, discussion, opinion and analysis. Original columns, in-depth reviews, and unique opinions are our core.
- We LOVE film: New, old, indie, studio, genre, foreign. We want to shine a spotlight on what we love and want to learn more about; not just what is the newest, biggest, and brightest.
- We are honest about film: We will never exaggerate what we know to sound more informed, we’ll always keep learning, and our opinions will always be our own and we’ll be happy to defend them or change them.
- Outside the News & Marketing Cycle: Breaking news is awesome… for other sites to do. Really well. Seriously, go check them out. We do too.
- We avoid cynicism at all cost. But even we might still slip into it. Feel free to call us out if and when we do.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Interested in contributing to Cinapse or supporting us in other ways? Check out our “contribute” page!
THE CINAPSE CREW
Ed Travis: Co-Founder, Editor in Chief
Ed changed careers and moved halfway across the country from Maryland to Austin with his amazingly understanding wife just to figure out how to earn a living watching movies. He once heard it said that NY/LA are where you go to MAKE movies, but Austin is where you go to WATCH movies. And that is the truth. But seriously, if anyone knows how to make a living watching movies, please let him know.
David Delgado: Co-Founder, Managing Editor
David works for a huge tech company at the moment, does freelance video editing on the side, tries to make films, but really spends most of his time running this website. He lives in Austin, Texas, and is the Managing Editor and co-founder of Cinapse. His film philosophy is that there is no difference between “high” art and “low” art, cerebral art house films and Fast Five both bring things to the table and have merit in their own right. Some favorite directors in no particular order: Paul Thomas Anderson, Kubrick, Spielberg, Tarantino, Edgar Wright, John Carpenter, Ridley Scott.
Sharon Mineo: Editor, Contributor
Sharon hails from the magical Land of Ooo, where she lives by the credo “you can never consume too much cheese.” Also, she can kill you with her brain.
Liam O’Donnell: Editor, Columns Manager, Contributor
Liam is a Philly native who loves stuff. He also hates some stuff. Life is complicated. He is an events organizer/promoter, educator, writer, preacher, philosophy nerd, and too opinionated for his own good. For work, he would like to. yes. in the webz http://liamo.tumblr.com/
Jon Partridge: TV Manager, Contributor
Originally harkening from the British Isles, Jon was exiled to Texas back in 2007 to help conceal his identity as a love child of the Queen. Jon has both embraced and been embraced by the wonderful city of Austin, a place which has only further enhanced his interest in film. A regular at SXSW and Fantastic Fest, Jon is also a member of the Austin Film Critics Association and Online Film Critics Society. By day he is a researcher at UT Austin but he also has an involvement with (and deep appreciation for) the local brewing industry. In short, his passions are cinema, science, craft beer and writing about himself in the third person.
Adam Stern: Webmaster
Austin Vashaw: Editor, Social Media Admin, Contributor
Austin is a technology and new media professional in Overland Park, KS (a Kansas City ‘burb). Film yakker, wisecracker, tact lacker, and BK Stacker snacker; Loves Jesus, cult film, photography, Victorian literature, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Digs all kinds of genres but takes particular interest in blaxploitation, Asian cinema, westerns, and film’s greatest decade — the 70s.
Twitter: @VForVashaw / @COBRAcollector
Frank Calvillo: Contributor
Frank lives in Austin, TX and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.
Justin Harlan: Contributor
Justin Harlan mostly watches kids’ movies because he has two toddlers who hog the Roku remote. When they go to sleep he occasionally has time to watch films that he wants to. His taste is often questionable according to Liam, but he’s still good people.
Brendan Foley: Contributor
Brendan Foley lives in Massachusetts, where he has made a habit out of not knowing what he’s doing. He’d like to make a career out of it. You can follow his ramblings on Twitter, and his ramblinger ramblings at brendanfoleystuff.tumbler.com. Three years from now, it will be revealed that he was dead the entire time.
Ryan Lewellen: Contributor
Ryan Lewellen has loved movies ever since he was programmed that way by his creators from a universe parallel to, but reachable from, your own. He knows he shouldn’t be telling you that, but in 3 years, 2 months, 29 days, 16 hours, 30 minutes, and 55 second’s time, your awareness of our existence shan’t factor, for it is your fate and fate is inescapable, human. Enjoy your final moments reading his movie blog.
Michael Lovaglio: Contributor
Michael Lovaglio is the Language Arts and Literacy Teacher and Education Coordinator at UrbanPromise Academy in Camden, NJ. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia and Princeton Theological Seminary, Mike has contributed to LEAKMOB Magazine, In Other Words, and Greenwood Reference Series. When he’s not grading papers Mike is editing his first documentary film about panhandling for the benefit of others in Times Square, NY.
Victor Pryor: Contributor
“V.N. Pryor is the patron saint of the impossible. You could drop the guy off at the Arctic Circle wearing a pair of bikini underwear without his toothbrush and tomorrow afternoon he’s gonna show up at your poolside with a million dollar smile and a fistful of pesos…”
Jacob Sahms: Contributor
Jacob has been critiquing film for over a decade – longer if you count the time at 14 when he walked out of Circle Of Friends halfway through. When he’s not watching a movie or coaching a little league team, he can be found pastoring a church in central Virginia. Screenfish.net
Wilson Smith: Contributor
Wilson Smith is a five-time BASEketball champion. In his spare time he pursues his true passion: watching, making and writing about movies. Some of his favorite filmmakers include Akira Kurosawa, Terrence Malick, and Woody Allen. He has also been known to defend the filmography of Michael Bay. Wilson is proud to reside in Austin, TX.
Rhea St. Julien: Contributor
Rhea St. Julien was absolutely certain she would grow up to be a Fly Girl, but had to rethink her life goals when In Living Color was cancelled in 1994. Since then, she’s carved a conciliatory life out of being a San Francisco-based freelance writer, who writes regularly for the online and print publication The Equals Record, as well as on her blog, Thirty Threadbare Mercies.
Elizabeth Stoddard: Contributor
Elizabeth is a native Texan who has lived in Austin most of her life. She has contributed to Slackerwood and Austinist, and joined the Austin Film Critics Association in 2014. She loves classic film and discovering Texas ties in older movies.
Dan Tabor: Contributor
When Dan is not watching movies, planning screenings of movies, writing about movies, he is often busy trying to write and direct his own. Dan is an award winning filmmaker hailing from Rocky’s hometown of Philadelphia, PA where he also writes for Geekadelphia and functions as their Arts and Entertainment editor. His film obsessions range from regional exploitation films of the 70s and 80s, to oddities from Italy or Japan and anything by Lars Von Trier. Dan is a lover of the lowbrow and obsessed with seeking out the films most folks have the good sense to not watch on repeat and is always on the hunt for the next “unwatchable” film.
Jordan Troublefield: Contributor
Jordan Troublefield sounds like a Bond character you forgot existed. He worships Batman, Ben Folds, and Billy Wilder – in that order. You can currently hear Jordan gabbing about film on PodBayDoor via Soundcloud.com.
Alex Williams: Contributor
Alex Williams is an avid film watcher and four-year veteran of film criticism. He’s contributed to The Daily Texan and DFW.com, and loves BBQ and geeking out over Lost. He currently resides in Los Angeles, but lives by two simple words: “Texas forever.”
Many great people have been part of the Cinapse family, some of whom have moved on to other things. We wish them well and honor and appreciate their contributions.
Sean Bennis-Sine (@SBennis79)
Malachi Constant Founding Member (@CinapseMalachi)
Aaron Malzahn (@DigioPamp)