The Writer's Room

The Talk Film Society team come from a wide-ranging background of film appreciation, and intend to provide you with the broad insight into latest happenings and spotlighting essential cinema of the past. Without further ado…



Marcelo J. Pico

Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Marcelo currently resides in Austin, TX, just living life and getting by. When he's not podcasting or running a social network film society, you can find him at the movies, courtesy of MoviePass. Two cats helped him write this bio.



Sam Van Haren

Assistant Editor

Sam is your average disabled, half-Indian film nerd. His primary obsessions include Steven Spielberg, sci-fi, musicals, and Adventure Time. He spends a possibly unhealthy amount of time listening to movie soundtracks. Sam lives in Wisconsin but he’s not super thrilled about it. Culver’s makes it tolerable.

Matt Curione


Matt is a lifelong cinephile from New Jersey, and has written about film for several years. He's the co-host of Hey Watcha Watchin?, the weekly movie journal podcast on the Talk Film Society Network. He currently resides in a cave on the Jersey Shore that he constructed out of Criterion releases.


Sara Sorrentino

Associate Editor

Sara is one of numerous Sara(h)s in existence. Sara likes sitting on patios while it rains, classic romantic comedies, superhero adaptations, and Doctor Strange. She is a New Jersey escapee, turned Florida escapee, now finding herself in Austin, Texas.


Aaron Hendrix

Aaron is currently studying film at college in Washington, D.C. He is partial to anything Spider-man, Stanley Kubrick, horror, or black & white. His latest obsession is steadily building his criterion collection.

Andrew Ihla

Andrew has survived both ends of America's climate spectrum by moving from Fargo, North Dakota, to Tucson, Arizona. The love of cinema that began when his mom showed him Jaws when he was way too young to be watching Jaws continues to grow. He and his wife, illustrator JoJo Seames, can often be found on Twitter extolling the virtues of David Lynch or pulling off death-defying stunts like livetweeting every Burton/Schumacher Batman movie. 


Callie Smith

Callie has been a movie fan and a giant nerd ever since childhood. She currently lives in Alabama after growing up around Washington, DC. When she’s not writing or podcasting about movies, she’s probably watching them and/or working on a new cosplay. Callie will gladly talk about horror, queer movies, or Jonathan Demme at the drop of a hat.

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Diego Crespo

Diego Crespo hails from greater Los Angeles. A student of journalism, film and cooking programs. The best movie ever made is probably ALIEN and there are at least three good sequels to it, regardless of what nerds say. All movies are worth loving unless, in some capacity, they're like pro-racism or something stupid.


Harrison Brockwell

Harrison Brockwell is a sentient pile of nerd paraphernalia with a love of all things that can be put on a screen. He regularly gets in trouble for screaming "ACTUALLY" when someone gets an obsolete trivia fact wrong. Living in Oklahoma, he has to find someway to stay entertained.


Manish Mathur

Manish is a fan of movies, based out of Queens, NY. Manish can talk your ear off about Alfred Hitchcock and Scarlett Johansson, his two main favorites.  He also is an Oscar obsessive, box office geek, and movie theater snob.


Marcus Irving

Marcus Irving is a former movie theatre employee and student at Iowa Central Community College majoring in Journalism. In his spare time it's a pretty safe bet that he's watching horror movies or playing video games. His favorite movie is Chasing Amy. If you don't like that you can pretend he had a cooler answer.


Nick Issac

Nick is a former co-host of the After Saturday Night podcast. He resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and two dogs, where they have developed a system based around dice and Post-It Notes to avoid fights about picking the next movie on Netflix.


Rockie Juarez

A 37 year old who is Benjamin Buttoning his way into the grave. Video Store Clerk at Vulcan Video in Austin, TX for damn near a decade. Dad who love/hates the entire world. Always kidding.


Kayleigh Hearn

Kayleigh Hearn lives in Virginia and is an avid fan of film, comics, and all things kitschy, weird, and esoteric. Roger Ebert won the Pulitzer for his Beyond The Valley of The Dolls screenplay, and no one can tell her otherwise. She is also an editor and writer at the Eisner-nominated

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Rachael Hauschild

Rachael resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia (and no she isn't one of THOSE Philly sports fans). When not working with animals or dying her hair a different shade of purple, she can be found traveling or spending her life savings on Criterions and collector's edition horror movies. In her minimal free time, she's most likely watching movies... especially if Michael Shannon is in it. 


Sarah Jane

Sarah J is originally from Southern California. She’s lived in England and Austin, TX but is now currently stuck somewhere in the bowels of the Southwest. She has four cats, one son, and one husband. Sarah Jane has seen almost 5,000 films and her top three are Deep Red, Le Samouraï, and Miller’s Crossing.

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Mark Watlington

When not writing for TFS (which is most of the time), Mark is teaching math to his students in Chattanooga, TN. Or he's talking about the best films of his lifetime on the Best Pictures Podcast. Or he's working to make the Chattanooga Film Festival the best gathering of film lovers in the southeast


Sean Beattie

Sean is a Montclair, New Jersey based writer with a film degree, and an endless font of useless trivia for a mind. He'd do well on Jeopardy so long as no one was looking, and all of the questions were about Bill Murray.

William Mai

William is a cinema geek to the grave, hopelessly obsessed and in love with the moving image. He can usually be found immersed in the light of a movie screen, desperately trying to ignore the old couple loudly proclaiming their confusion. Big fan of John Carpenter, baby-back ribs, and Justin Timberlake.