Debbie Cerda - Senior Contributor
I studied journalism at Texas A & M University, where I volunteered as a deejay and Program Coordinator for KANM Radio. My favorite class was the "History of Film", where I learned an appreciation for Sergei Eisenstein, Fritz Lang, and other master filmmakers.
As an active member of the now defunct Austin Cinemaker Co-op, I participated in the "Make a Film in a Weekend (MAFIA") and "Splice of Life" filmmaking events. As a result, I collect Super 8 cameras and film.
I've spent a lot of time volunteering at movie premieres in Austin for South by Southwest Special Venues Crew, and enjoy being on the red carpet side of things now. Here's hoping my photojournalism class from Texas A & M stuck with me!
My favorite genre is science fiction, having grown up watching "Them" and "Forbidden Planet" every time it was on TV. The first movie I recall seeing in a movie theater as a child was a Sergio Leone flick with Clint Eastwood. As of January 2015, I am a programmer and Outreach Director for Other Worlds Austin, Austin's premiere science fiction festival.
I am the senior contributor for Slackerwood and served as the lead curator and project manager for Austin Film Society's annual SXSW ShortCase film series from its inception through 2014. I have contributed as a freelance journalist for SXSWBaby in 2014 and for Indiewire for SXSW 2015. Looking for new opportunities in film journalism as we wind down Slackerwood by May 27, 2015.
I am also a proud member of the Austin Film Critics Association, Austin Film Society and a supporter of UT's Women in Cinema organization.
- Contact: neploxo [at] hotmail [dot] com
- Twitter: @MikeSaulters
Herding programmers by day and slinging words by night, I came to Austin twenty years ago hoping to make movies. After the requisite 7 years to complete a CS degree at UT, I found I was perfectly happy watching and writing about them while working separately in a field that's much more suited to keeping bills paid. I have contributed scores of reviews for Ain't It Cool News writing under the nom-de-clavier Augustus Gloop, mostly festival coverage for AFF, SXSW and Fantastic Fest.
78704 resident who is a rabid collector of physical media, especially Criterion Collection Blu-rays. Former music director of indie rock internet radio broadcaster WOXY.com.
Jette Kernion - Founder and Editor-in-Chief
- Twitter: @jettek
I'm a freelance writer who also happens to love movies. I feel very lucky to live in Austin, where you can see a free movie at a venue every day if you want, and which offers such a wonderful range of movie screenings and events. So I decided to share the news about Austin film by founding Slackerwood. I also work on a variety of other writing and editing projects.
- Contact: dclinchy [at] austin [dot] rr [dot] com
After 23 years in a film-oriented town like Austin, I've become quite the film nerd, seeing about 80 films a year. I prefer low-budget, quirky, character-driven indie films (if a film can change one's life, Slacker changed mine). But I'll watch almost any high-quality film no matter the genre. (Note: A chick flick must be extraordinarily well reviewed, profoundly original, and boldly artistic before I'll watch it. The opposite is true for exploitation films, which I'll watch no matter how awful they are, because that's the point. I'm a film nerd -- not a film snob.)
I have a journalism degree from Trinity University and a longtime day job as a technical writer at National Instruments. Like most any good technical writer, I'm also the author of two inexplicably unpublished novels.
When not being a film nerd, I'm a political rabble-rouser, Facebook junkie and Texana nerd who collects Texas-related books and films.
I'm a native Texan and longtime resident of Austin. I graduated from Austin College (in Sherman, Texas) with a major in English and minor in Music. My one film class there was on the movies of Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam. Otherwise my knowledge of cinema is mostly self-taught, as I grew up watching classic films (thanks to the childhood friend who first introduced me to Bringing Up Baby) and branched out from there. I enjoy spreading the word about movies that were made in Texas, and write a Lone Star Cinema review post for Slackerwood once a month.
Caitlin Moore - Assistant Editor
- Contact: caitlinmoore82 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Twitter: @caitmoore
A movie lover since I can remember (as a kid I used to watch a scratchy recorded-from-television VHS of THE WIZARD OF OZ almost daily), I've loved living in Austin for the past eight years. Responsible enough to have a dog and a real job, I also tend to stay up too late talking about movies (and sometimes other things) while sipping cocktails on various patios around town.
Marcelena Mayhorn received a BFA in Filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A native Texan, she has worked for Austin Film Festival and is currently a freelance screenwriter, writer and copywriter here in Austin. She loves breakfast tacos, hitting up the Alamo Drafthouse as often as possible, and people who save you a seat in the movie theater (especially during festival time!).
I am an English, mass communication senior at Texas State University. I completed an internship with the Austin Film Society a few years back, which renewed my interest in screenplay writing and sparked a new interest in marketing for non-profit organizations.
If I'm not working for my campus radio station, KTSW 89.9 FM, or sitting outside of my favorite local coffee shop drinking a Shyster, you can catch me watching episodes of my favorite television series, "Battlestar Galactica," online.