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.
Anyssa is a Kamloops local having lived here her entire existence. She is a graduate of TRU with her Bachelor of Fine Arts and has nestled herself in the midst of the arts community. She has been involved with the KFS for 3 years now as a volunteer with the film festival and loves it so much she decided to make it her full time job. She is a local artist, a good friend, a beer amateur, and an all around tall human. She loves the beach, her dog, her family and her Dion. Anyssa’s favourite movies are Beetlejuice, Casablanca, Singing in the Rain, Groundhog Day, and The Sting.
Sydnee Lynn Blackall
FOH & Operations 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).
FOH & Marketing Coordinator
Emily was born in Langley, however, has lived in Kamloops since she was three so considers Kamloops her home. Emily is currently in her fifth year at Thompson Rivers University in the Bachelor of Arts Program, majoring in Theatre and minoring in English. She’s very excited to graduate in the spring and no longer be a student, at least for a little while. Emily is very excited to be a part of KFS and learn more about the world of film. Emily runs the social media and creates various newsletters and marketing strategies for KFS, as well as working the odd evening shift.
Emily’s favourite films are the Harry Potter series (however Prisoner of Azkaban is her favourite out of all 8), The Wedding Singer, and Across the Universe.
Scott has written for a variety of genre websites and magazines, covering long forgotten and under-appreciated midnight movies, horror films, festivals and concerts. He is also the co-founder of the horror and underground metal site Drunk in a Graveyard, as well as co-host of the weekly podcast and radio show of the same name. In 2018 he partnered with the Kamloops Film Society to present Darkfest 2019 as well as the new and classic horror film screenings that have occurred throughout 2019.
Some of his favorite movies are Suspiria (1977), Reservoir Dogs, Day of the Dead and Alien.
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.
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.
Des is a third year TRU student majoring in Theatre. In her free time she loves to play with her ferrets, snuggle her cat, tidy her house, and play D&D. She was born and raised in Creston, BC and moved to Kamloops for school in 2017. Des misses Creston sometimes, and reminisces about working along side her mom at their theatre in Creston when she was 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, and Get Out.