Miguel Rodriguez is the founder and Executive Director of the Horrible Imaginings, a film festival dedicated to genre cinema, performance, and art. He is also a film curator and programmer for San Diego Latino Film Festival, The Film Geeks San Diego, Digital Gym Cinema, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. Miguel's interest in populist film history and how that history both reflects and informs the culture it inhabits has led to a number of lectures and publications, including School Library Journal. He also hosts the monthly official podcast of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, and often joins KPBS Arts and Culture's Cinema Junkie Podcast.
Beth Accomando hosts the popular Cinema Junkie Podcast, and Beth has been a film critic for more than 20 years. Since 1997 she has been covering independent and international cinema as well as pop culture for National Public Radio and Public Radio International’s The World. She covers arts and culture around San Diego for KPBS News. As a film programmer, she brings unique, repertory, and fringe cinema to San Diego as part of The Film Geeks!
Originally from Orange County and having called every corner of Southern California his home at one point or another, Sterling Anno was inspired to work in the film industry ever since he watched Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness and Peter Jackson's Dead Alive at the age of 8. Since then he's established himself as a festival organizer & programmer, having served under a variety of events, such as the Temecula Valley & Oceanside International Film Festivals. When not at Horrible Imaginings, Sterling can currently be found working with San Diego Underground Film Festival.
Logan Crow is an avid and lifelong film lover, with a special place in his heart for horror, cult, avant garde, and genre cinema. In February of 2014, he founded The Frida Cinema, a non-profit independent art house theater located in Santa Ana, CA, which offers eclectic cinematic and live event fare year-round. Prior to this, Logan was the founder of the Long Beach CA-based organization Long Beach Cinematheque, which programmed outdoor cinema throughout Long Beach at sites ranging from cemeteries to parks to parking lots; the short-lived but popular Los Angeles classic/cult cinema website MondoCelluloid.com; and the record-breaking annual event Long Beach Zombie Walk. When not programming and presenting films at The Frida Cinema, Crow is a writer, film critic, social media adviser, and community event planner.
Laura Vasquez is a supporter and advocate of the arts and education. She believes that film and music are the universal languages that express all facets of life.
Zeshaan Younus is a writer/director/producer based in Orange County, CA. As a life-long cinephile, he has a true passion for all things horror, science fiction, and paranormal. His first short film, Grey Canyon, is an ambitious take on the phenomenon of modern day alien abductions. He would say that the best movie of all-time is Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece ALIEN (not the Director’s Cut and not up for discussion). Outside of filmmaking, Zeshaan has a career in government relations, is a strategic consultant, and serves in a leadership role for three local non-profit organizations. He is currently in pre-production to shoot his next short film.
Residing on the outskirts of Camp Blood in the famed backwoods of Blairstown, New Jersey, Jay Kay is a champion for film and the visions of dark artists. His love of the horror genre takes full form as he presents smart and uncensored horror talk radio on the 4x Rondo Nominated HORROR HAPPENS RADIO (HorrorHappens.com). With his body of work and the growing reputation in the horror community, Jay Kay dabbles in horror journalism as well with his work featured on several multi-media horror platforms. He is proud to come aboard as part of the programming team for the “Horrible Imaginings Film Festival,” it has been a dream fulfilled for him!