Category Archives: Hosts
Andrea Canales is the resident Film Programmer at FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix. She has been hosting Film Events in the Valley since 2006 and has a strong penchant for B-Movies, Exotica Music & Euro Disco. Horror movies are also a favorite; she has volunteered as the Director of the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival for the past 7 years and tried her hand at some entrepreneurship in 2011 with the short-lived, one-screen movie house The Royale in Mesa.
Jonathan Hayes Franklin Elliott is a security systems coordinator by day, alcohol aficionado by night, and only uses his full name when he’s trying to be pretentious and sound important. Past hobbies include: ballet, photography, writing, shooting, and reading. Current hobbies include: curling, infrequent blogging, Netflix/Hulu binging, and audio books. Future aspirations include watching the world burn. As an Aries and ENTP, he’s typically very competitive, and while he doesn’t mean to be patronizing, he genuinely believes he’s better than you. However, his +10 charisma often fools people into finding him charming. He’s a wanderer at heart, and would love nothing better than leaving to travel the world at a moment’s notice.
Charlynn Schmiedt currently lives in the most liberal city in North Dakota, Fargo, and currently works as a graphic designer. She is happily married to her best friend, Patrick, and they are servants to a cat named Teddy. She’s a caffeine junkie and is attracted to weird shit, crude humor, warm weather and tech toys. Charlynn spends her free time as the managing editor at Trek.fm. She co-hosts To the Journey, a Star Trek: Voyager podcast, with Tristan Riddell on Trek.fm.
Mack Duncan has been an active performing artist in Phoenix since 1999, and has been a professional educator since 2001. He has a degree in Directing from Arizona State University. At ASU, he wrote and performed with The Farce Side Comedy Hour and Barren Mind improv. He was a member of the Phoenix ComedySportz team from 1999-2002, directing the troupe from 2001-2002. He has directed numerous short films, including “Menagerie of Space,” and the award winning “Big Benevolent Wolf” and “ALONE.” Duncan is the president and co-founder of CareFree Write Productions, which produces The Phoenix Improv Festival. In 2007, he helped launch The Torch Theatre. He taught at High School Theatre Arts from 2003 to 2011 and is currently performing with The Torch Theatre’s Apollo 12 and The Foundation, as well as Mack Duncan: 1-Man Show and the puppet troupe Die Puppet Die. Mack also covers Phoenix geek culture for Examiner.com.
Krissy is a confirmed Pop Culture Geek and Super Fan, right down to the Star Wars and Tim Burton tattoos. Krissy is the Director of National Comedy Theatre, an Improviser, a teacher of Improv and a Mom. Krissy hosts & performs weekly in Competitive Comedy Shows, coaches & administrates the High School Improv League, she teaches the Main Stage performers as well as the Level 1, 2 & 3 Workshop Classes. She hosts, produces and performs in Spoof N Cinema, weird old movies given new, hilarious sound tracks, she curates & hosts the First Time Film Club, and hosts segments on Channel 3’s Your Life A to Z as Pop Culture Krissy, Guru of Geekery. Krissy is the regular geek host for the First Time [Film] Club podcast.