The 2020 Kamloops Film Festival Committee.
Dušan graduated from Westsyde Secondary School, attended Thompson Rivers University (BA-Theatre & BBA-Marketing) and Plymouth State University (MBA – Strategic Marketing Management), and now works as the Executive Director for the Kamloops Film Society, running the Paramount Theatre, the KFF and the Thursday Film Series. He originally became involved with the film festival when committee members were recruiting for people with marketing expertise. After working his way up to Chair, and serving in that capacity for four years, he then stepped into his current role. Dušan has been the Artistic Producer of Project X Theatre and a Development Director at Thompson Rivers University. In 2020 he’s getting married to his favourite cutie.
Alicia is the Writer & Storyteller for the Faculty of Student Development at TRU. This is her sixth year with the Kamloops Film Festival; it is certifiably her favourite time of year. She appreciates a well-crafted film above most things in life—alongside travel, laughter, good friends, CBC 2, the company of two bears and a tasty tall latte.
Aly is a TRU Journalism graduate and works in Communications at BCLC. She has lived in Kamloops for 10 years and is super passionate about the community and being involved in everything it has to offer. This is Aly’s first year volunteering with KFF and is looking forward to an awesome movie lineup and bringing some great events to the community. She believes that wine pairs well with everything, especially a good flick and popcorn. Her favourite movie is the Wizard of Oz.
Born and raised in Kamloops, Andrew is a graduate of TRU’s Bachelor of Arts and TESL programs. This is his first year on the KFF sponsorship subcommittee, and he is looking forward to being a part of one of Kamloops’ most exciting events. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting 8mm films, learning languages and travelling. Some of his favourite films include Metropolis, Eraserhead and The Big Lebowski.
Anyssa has been volunteering with the KFF for 3 years now and loves every minute of it. She is a graduate of TRU with her Bachelors of Fine Arts and is a local artist. She is very proud of the hearty arts community we have in Kamloops and is grateful to be a part of it! Anyssa is tall. Anyssa is a Pisces. She loves the beach, her dog, and her Dion. Her favorite movie is Beetlejuice but is willing to give other movies a chance.
Cathy loves movies. Cathy loves people. Cathy is organized. Ergo, it makes perfect sense that she would join the Film Festival Committee as a member of the Volunteer Coordinating team.
Having been a member of the team since 2011 it has been her privilege to work with an incredible number of interesting, smart and fun people. It has been her pleasure to be part of the Festival’s growth into such an outstanding celebration of film and film-making. When not volunteering for the Festival, Cathy enjoys spending time with Phil & family, card-crafting, singing in 4 choirs, reading, wining with the Domino Divas, volunteering at the ReStore & Sagebrush Theatre, and cuddling with her beautiful cat Bella.
This is Derek’s 3rd year on the KFF sponsorship committee after helping out in 2016. He has attended the Film Festival for 20 years, though, and is excited by the growth the festival has made over time!
This is Diana’s third year volunteering with the Kamloops Film Festival. Diana is the Director of Development for Annual Giving at Thompson Rivers University, where she has worked for the past 13 years. Diana moved to Kamloops from Vancouver 22 years ago and loves our growing and evolving community. She is excited for a weeklong diet of theatre popcorn. See you at the movies!
Dion is a visual artist and Sign Guy at a local sign business. This is his third year volunteering with the KFF. Dion is tall. Dion is a Leo. Dion loves breakfast, a good read, nature’s beauty and his wife. Favourite movie: UP.
Esther is a Kamloops girl, back living in town after many years away, and is excited to be part of the ‘new’ Paramount. She loves the blues, hot yoga, theatre popcorn and plotting her next trip away.
Esther’s most memorable films are:
Days of Heaven, Life of Brian, A Very Long Engagement, Birdman
This is Janet’s fourth year with the Kamloops Film Festival as Secretary and co-chair of the Volunteer Committee. She was born and raised in Kamloops but lived in the Lower Mainland for a number of years. After moving back to Kamloops, she wanted to become involved with the community and joined the KFF Committee. She loves movies as a way to experience different people, places and situations.
This is Jessi’s second year helping out with the Film Festival! He is a graduate of TRU’s Bachelor of Business Administration and now an employee of TRU as a Student Recruiter & Enrolment Representative. He is excited to be involved with such an integral part of the Kamloops arts community.
Although Jenna is a noob when it comes to volunteering with Kamloops Film Festival, she has been a long-time festival attendee; the enticement of supporting this fabulous event combined with the opportunity to obsessively edit press releases drew her in to the KFF squad.
When she’s not teaching or running the Writing Centre at Thompson Rivers University, you’ll find her on a mountain bike, conquering mountains with her hubby, devouring books and/or burgers, or watching movies in a delicious pile of kiddos, blankets, and cats on the couch.
Subcommittees: Community Engagement,Theatre Relations, Film Programming
Jon has been with the Kamloops Film Society for 9 years. Born and raised in Kamloops, he completed his BFA in Film from SFU and then returned to Kamloops to raise his two children. He currently works at TRU Open Learning creating visual media content for distance courses. In 1994 he volunteered for the Moving Pictures Travelling Film Festival when it came to Kamloops prior to the creation of the KFF. He absolutely fell in love with watching films in a full size theatre.
Sub Committee: Events
Kammi has a background in marketing and advertising with her B.S. in Mass Communications and her Masters in Advertising and Public Relations. She is currently working as the Engineering Advisor and Accreditation Coordinator at TRU. She has lived in Kamloops for 15 years with her husband and 2 children and loves being surrounded by the mountains. A few of her passions include traveling, crafting of all sorts, wine with friends and a good movie with popcorn. This is her first year volunteering with the Kamloops Film Festival and she is beyond excited! She will see you at the movies!
This is Karie’s first year volunteering with the Kamloops Film Festival. Karie is an International Mobility Officer for the International Division of TRU who supports staff, faculty, and students engage in a variety of amazing international learning experiences, where she has worked for the past 16 years. Karie is an import to Kamloops originally from Cobourg, Ontario with a short 10 year stop-over in Canmore, Alberta. She loves the community of Kamloops and all that it has to offer including amazing people and businesses, diversity and cultural events, outdoor activities and being a part of this amazing KFF team.
Katrina’s passion for giving back to the community and viewing the fabulous films at the Festivals throughout the years is what encouraged her to volunteer for the Kamloops Film Festival. She is a mother of three young adults and a Grandma to three awesome grandbabies. She has been a licensed Realtor for the past 23 years, as well as the co-owner of River City Realty with her husband, Vince. In her spare time, she is an active participant in triathlons, and other running and biking events.
Subcommittee: Community Engagement & Film Coordination
This is Kellie’s first year volunteering with the Kamloops Film Festival but she has enjoyed attending for several years. As a wholistic wellness coach Kellie is passionate about coming alongside others to help them live an integrated life – spirit, soul & body. She enjoys learning, reading, movies, walking, good friends and spending time with her family. She is Mom of 3 grown & married children and ‘Nannie’ to 3 beautiful grandchildren.
Subcommittees: Volunteer (Co-Chair) and Programming, Ticketing & Theatre Relations
Kevin worked at the Cineplex Odeon for nearly 22 years. He has taken a variety of accounting courses at Cariboo College (now TRU). Kevin is currently single, and enjoys the company of his two brothers, a sister and several nephews, nieces (and great nephews!). He collects hockey cards and memorabilia from the Beatles and the Monkees. Kevin has been a member of the KFF Committee for thirteen years. He joined for the love of people and movies; to be able to escape from the real world for a couple of hours, no matter the topic and to learn about different things, which is his favourite part of the cinematic experience.
I am excited to be a part of the KFF this year for the first time.
I like to support local arts and culture and events that bring our community together, so coming on board with the KFF was an easy decision. I also love film and the stories that get told; I have been attending the festival for about 25 years!
I work for SD 73; have 2 adult sons and if I’m not working or sleeping you can find me doing something active outdoors.
Rick hosts a radio show in Kamloops every weekday and is a lifelong Film Fan. After helping with the promotional side of the Festival with the radio station for the last couple of years this is my first year on the committee. This year on the Sponsorship and Marketing subcommittees, I am looking forward to helping any way I can.
Robin is the creator of the Drunk In a Graveyard horror blog, podcast, and YouTube channel. She is a lover of cats, Italian giallo films, typewriters, tea, and cameras. She’s a professional concert photographer who has shot photos for Marilyn Manson, The True Mayhem, DOWN, High On Fire, Blasphemy and many more. She’s just a teenage dirtbag, baby, who unfortunately has a degree in English. She’s a published writer and poet, a frequent speaker on CBC Radio, and her favourite color is vodka.
This is Sadie’s second year with the KFF committee team, persuasively convinced by Dušan Magdolen, who she works with at TRU as a fundraiser for science and nursing. Sadie is looking forward to being part of this new committee and an event that brings new ideas, fun and creativity via film to Kamloops.
Sarah joined the KFF last year as a “gopher” for the events team and, had so much fun she decided to join up this year for even more. She’s been in Kamloops since 2014 and loves the ‘small town’ vibe here, where the people are friendly and welcoming, and you run into someone you know every time you go downtown. If you see her, wave and say hi!
Scott has written for a variety of genre websites and magazines, covering long forgotten and under-appreciated midnight movies, horror films, festivals and concerts. He is also the co-founder of the horror and underground metal site Drunk in a Graveyard, as well as co-host of the weekly podcast and radio show of the same name. Scott is a big fan of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN, likes comic books about vampires, and one time saw Bigfoot in his garage using the belt sander. In 2018 Scott and Robin came on board with the Kamloops Film Society to begin hosting regular screenings of horror, cult, and retro films, and they also assisted in curation and reanimation of DARKFEST at the Kamloops Film Festival in 2019.
This is Cooper’s first year with the Kamloops Film Festival. She is excited to watch some amazing films and experience that Film Festival magic.
This is Tanya’s fifth year on the film committee and she is still loving every minute of it. Tanya has lived in Kamloops for 20 years and has worked in the insurance industry for 24 years. Her favorite KFF film of the past 5 years was Angry Indian Goddesses and she is looking forward to seeing if this years line up will knock it off her number one list.
Trish Rosenau has called Kamloops her home for the past seventeen years. As an avid fan of the Kamloops Film Festival, it took no persuading when she was asked to be on the team this year. She will be contributing to the events team by supporting the execution of festival happenings, which fits nicely into her social butterfly lifestyle.
Trish has been in the insurance industry for over 15 years and was recently promoted to a Commercial Account Manager at HUB International.
As the mother of a six-year-old girl, Trish doesn’t have a whole lot of spare time, but whenever possible, she enjoys music, curling, yoga, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.