Meet Us

Dusan Magdolen

Dušan Magdolen

Dušan graduated from Westsyde Secondary School, attended Thompson Rivers University (BA-Theatre & BBA-Marketing) and Plymouth State University (MBA – Strategic Marketing Management), and now works as the Executive Director for the Kamloops Film Society, running the Paramount Theatre, the KFF and the Thursday Film Series. He originally became involved with the film festival when committee members were recruiting for people with marketing expertise. After working his way up to Chair, and serving in that capacity for four years, he then stepped into his current role. Dušan has been the Artistic Producer of Project X Theatre and a Development Director at Thompson Rivers University. (Insert shoutout to his cutie, Skylar, here).

Josh Rose

Josh grew up in Alberta and has been able to quote every movie he has ever seen after just one viewing. This is his first year with the Kamloops Film Society and the Kamloops Film Festival. He worked with the Calgary International Film Festival for four years as a volunteer coordinator and worked as a “Monster Handler” for his friend’s short film: The Ballad of Sharkasaurus, which won two awards at the Alberta Media Production Industry Association (AMPIA) Rosie Awards and was nominated for two others.

Aaron Arseneau

Aaron grew up in Calgary and moved to Vancouver in 2014 before moving to Kamloops in 2018.  He got involved with the KFS last year and is currently the co-chair on the Thursday Film Series Committee. He have attended the KFF every year since moving to Kamloops, and is excited that this will be his first year volunteering for the festival. 

Aaron is a huge film nerd.  If he’s not watching movies at home or the Paramount theatre, he is out enjoying Kamloops and area outdoors with his wife and dogs.

Katrina Cavaliere

Katrina’s passion for giving back to the community and viewing the fabulous films at the Festivals throughout the years is what encouraged her to volunteer for the Kamloops Film Festival. She is a mother of adults and a Grandma to three awesome grandbabies. In her spare time, she is an active participant in skiing, triathlons, and other running and biking events

Madyson Cavaliere

This is Madyson’s 7th year helping out with the Film Festival. She got onboard to spend more time with her mom, Katrina and stayed because she loves planning events. She is a Bachelor of Tourism Management graduate from TRU with a concentration in Events & Convention Management as well as Resort Experience and a minor in Human Resources.

Shannon Cooper

This is Cooper’s 4th year with the Kamloops Film Festival. She is excited to watch some amazing films and experience that Film Festival magic.

Aly Couch

This is Aly’s fourth year with the Kamloops Film Festival. She joined because of her love for movies and stuck around for the fun and to spread that love to the rest of Kamloops.

In her spare time, she is an activities enthusiast thriving off anything that involves sports, the outdoors and a challenge. Aly’s favourite movie is the Wizard of Oz. She believes that nothing pairs better with a good movie than popcorn and a bottle of wine

Marisa Drayton

Born and raised in Kamloops, it is Marisa Drayton’s first time on the Kamloops Film Festival Committee. During her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Thompson Rivers University, she studied many films that influenced her artist practice. Her practice combines fiber arts, obsolete technology, and video. Drayton currently works at the Kamloops Art Gallery as The Digital Gallery Store Coordinator, and Installation Assistant.

Marisa’s favourite films include Akria, Little Miss Sunshine, Krampus (2015) and Ladri di biciclette.

Anyssa Fortie

This is Anyssa’s 6th year with the KFF. She is a local artist and a person you have probably seen around. She loves the hearty arts community we have in Kamloops and is grateful to be a part of it. She loves making, creating, her family and her Dion. Her favourite movie is Beetlejuice but is willing to give other movies a chance. 

Dion Fortie

Dion has been on the committee for 6 years now, he likes it; it keeps him on his toes, keeps him sane. He is an aspiring creative with big ideas and an even bigger heart. If you see him at the festival be sure to say hello. 

Lavonne Fortie

This is Lavonne’s third year volunteering with the KFF. 

Lavonne loves film and has been a KFF attendee for about 20 years; she is excited for the 2023 festival and to have all the fun events back again!! 

Lavonne works for SD 73, enjoys the arts, and likes to be involved in community events. If she isn’t working you will find her outside doing something fun.

Jenna Goddard

This is Jenna’s 5th year with the Kamloops Film Festival! She has been a long-time festival attendee, and the enticement of supporting this fabulous event combined with the opportunity to obsessively edit press releases drew her in to the KFF squad. When she’s not teaching or running the Writing Centre at Thompson Rivers University, you’ll find her on a mountain bike, conquering mountains with her hubby, devouring books and/or burgers, or watching movies in a delicious pile of kiddos, blankets, and cats on the couch.

Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Kevin worked at the Cineplex Odeon for nearly 23 years. He has taken a variety of accounting courses at Cariboo College (now TRU). Kevin is currently single, and enjoys the company of his two brothers, a sister and several nephews, nieces (and great nephews and nieces!). He collects hockey cards and memorabilia from the Beatles and the Monkees. Kevin has been a member of the KFF Committee for 17 years. He joined for the love of people and movies; to be able to escape from the real world for a couple of hours, no matter the topic and to learn about different things, which is his favourite part of the cinematic experience.

Esther Miller

Esther began her association with the KFS as a theatre volunteer in 2018, joining the KFF Committee in 2019 and 2020 and became a Board director in 2020.

She’d returned to her hometown after many years and was excited to see the beginnings of the Paramount’s second life. The theatre had been, like it was for so many Kamloops residents, a large part of her growing years in the city, and it felt natural to get involved.

Esther had a long career in public, school and federal government libraries, starting with her first job as a page in the North Kamloops Library.

This is her 4th year as a KFF volunteer, and she’s excited to be involved in the whole event.

Some of her favorite films include: Get Shorty, All That Jazz, The Man Who Would be King, and most recently, Moonage Daydream.

Jenna Marshall

Jenna is a fourth year BBA student at Thompson Rivers University majoring in marketing. Jenna was introduced to the KFF from her work as a Marketing and Supports Specialist student at TRU. This is Jenna’s first year on the KFF committee and she is excited to try something new and engage with the community.

Rusty Paterson

Rusty Paterson

Rusty was introduced to the Kamloops Film Festival over 10 Years ago when she started out as a volunteer. Rusty enjoys watching all the different genre of films being shown and is now starting her 3rd year on the KFF Volunteer Committee. She is looking forward to another great Festival.

Taylor Patton

Taylor is from Kamloops and is a fourth-year Bachelor of Business student majoring in marketing and minoring in Project Management at Thompson Rivers University. She currently works at the Faculty of Student Development as a Student Storyteller. She also is the Vice President of the Women in Business Club at TRU and is a volunteer ambassador for Tourism Kamloops.

This is Taylor’s first year being a Kamloops Film Festival Committee Member and she is excited to be a part of the team. Taylor’s favourite films include Soul Surfer and The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Janet Roberts

Janet has been with the KFF since 2013 with a one year hiatus last year. She recently retired from TRU and is looking forward to spending time exploring beautiful BC in her new travel trailer.

She loves movies and is excited for this year’s amazing line-up of movies and events.

Taryn Walter

Taryn was born on the Sunshine Coast but grew up in Kamloops. She is a fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student studying marketing at Thompson Rivers University. She also currently works at Castanet Kamloops as a Digital Marketing Consultant and at TRU in the Faculty of Student Development as a Student Storyteller. 

This is Taryn’s first year being a Kamloops Film Festival Committee Member and she is excited to be a part of the team this year!

Taryn’s favourite films include the Harry Potter series, the Shrek series, The Giver, and the Pirates of the Caribbean series.