Staff

Dušan Magdolen

Executive Director

Dušan was born in Slovakia, but has been in Kamloops since elementary school and considers it his home town. He graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a BBA in Marketing and a BA in Theatre, and obtained his MBA in Strategic Marketing Management from Plymouth State University in New Hamphsire.

Dušan has been involved with the Kamloops Film Society for over 10 years, first as a Kamloops Film Festival (KFF) Committee Member, then also as a Society Board Member, then as the KFF Chair, then as a part-time Executive Director, and now as the full-time ED and Theatre Manager, overseeing the operations of the Paramount Theatre and the KFS’s signature events, including the Thursday Film Series, the Kamloops Short Shorts Film Fest, and the KFF.

Dušan started his career path as the Marketing & Communications Manager for Western Canada Theatre for six years and then spent six years as the Development Director for the School of Trades and Technology and the Aboriginal Education Department at Thompson Rivers University. He has also served as the General Manager, then Artistic Producer, of Project X Theatre, and is an award winning filmmaker, a produced playwright, and at times, even a performer.

Dušan’s favourite films include American Beauty, The Band’s Visit, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Amélie, Warrior, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.

Emily Brown

Patron Engagement Manager

Emily was born in Langley, however, has lived in Kamloops since she was three so considers Kamloops her home. She recently graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English. In her spare time, Emily loves consuming stories through reading, watching movies, and TV shows. She also loves to spend time with her family, friends and cats. 

Emily works full time running the KFS social media and creates various newsletters and marketing strategies for KFS, as well as managing Front of House and the volunteers. You’ll often see her laughing way too hard at a joke a staff member said, chatting with patrons outside the building as she updates the posters, or dancing up a storm at the drive-in.

Some of Emily’s favourite films include the Little Women (2019), The Wedding Singer, La La Land, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Across the Universe and Inception. 

Aaron Foster

FOH Coordinator

Aaron is a Kamloopsian born and raised. He is currently finishing up his double major in Theatre and English with hopes to become a professor. If he finds any spare time it will be spent getting ready for his next DnD session. Aside from prep, he also loves stories in all forms, from movies, to tv shows, to books, to any medium that can communicate a message and a plot. Aaron is beyond excited to be working somewhere that doesn’t just love movies but tries to expand the horizons of the entire community. 

Aarons Favorite films include: Paprika, It’s Such a Beautiful Day, Sorry to Bother You, Pacific Rim, Get Out and Troll Hunter

Andrew Robertson

Theatre Attendant Supervisor

Andrew Robertson is a writer, actor, director, comedian, musician, dungeon master, improviser, artist, and is the co-author of several plays, short films, comics and dubious anecdotes.
You might know Andrew from the local short films, MetamorphosisDer Tanz des WassersThe Winds of PrinceAlbert, and The Great Pretender.

Favorite movies: Jurassic Park, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Coco, Spiderman, and Transformers.

Bram Walker

FOH & DCP Coordinator

From attaining the (informal, possibly non-existent) title of Volunteer of the Month for August of 2019, to now being the newest member of the KFS, Bram is happy to be a part of the amazing team that runs the Paramount Theatre! Bram is a TRU student (majoring in History), Ontarian, sports fan, Transhumanist and Hip-Hop Head. He enjoys jogging in the rain, tattoos, D&D and occasionally winning at fighting games!

Five favourite movies: Apocalypse Now, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the End of Evangelion, the Godfather, and Damsels in Distress.

Destiny Renne

Des Geddes

FOH & Janitorial Coordinator

Des is a fourth year TRU student majoring in Theatre. In their free time they love to play with their ferrets, snuggle their cat, tidy their house, and play D&D. They were born and raised in Creston, BC and moved to Kamloops for school in 2017. Des misses Creston sometimes, and reminisces about working along side their mom at their theatre in Creston when they were growing up. Des is excited to once again be cleaning bathrooms in a theatre, just like the old days.

Des’ favourite movies are Beetlejuice, Pulp Fiction, Heathers, Labyrinth and Get Out.

Kendalyn Taylor

FOH Coordinator

Kendalyn was born and raised in Kamloops, and has lived all over the valley during her twenty three years in the city. Having graduated from Thompson Rivers University in the spring of 2020 with her Bachelors in English, Kendalyn is looking forward to a long career of never letting anyone read any of her several unfinished novels. If not inside watching movies or playing video games, Kendalyn has been known to frequent many of Kamloops’ local cafes, often drinking iced coffee while wearing a winter jacket and scarf which only adds to her charade as the mysterious used bookstore’s frumpy specter. Kendalyn is excited to be a part of the KFS staff, and to share her love of film and movies with other local film enthusiasts while also getting a chance to work in the theatre which holds many personal memories.

Some of Kendalyn’s favourite films include, Coraline, The Craft, Redline, The Mummy and St. Trinians.

Sam Theriault

FOH & Video Coordinator

Sam was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1999 but has lived in Kamloops for around 10 years. He is currently attending Thompson Rivers University pursuing a Bachelor of Journalism degree. His love of film has led him to many film sets where he’s volunteered for the past year in the sound department, as a grip and as a production assistant. He also spent this past summer at Joy Factory Films as a PA.

He is very proud to have his own IMDB page.

Sam’s favourite movies include Dog Day Afternoon, Call Me By Your Name, In Bruges, Blindspotting, Moonrise Kingdom and What We Do in the Shadows.

Sydnee Lynn Blackall

FOH Coordinator

Sydnee is currently a student in her fourth year at Thompson Rivers University. Her goal is to one day become an elementary school teacher. She has worked at the Paramount Theatre since 2015. In her free time you can usually find her watching a new TV series, reading a book, or watching films.

Her favourite films are Hot Fuzz (2007) and Pride and Prejudice (2005).