Staff

Dušan Magdolen

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 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.

Bram Walker

FOH 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

Destiny Renne

FOH & Janitorial Coordinator

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.

Jan Antons

FOH Coordinator

Jan was born in Germany but has been in Kamloops since 1997. He graduated from the University College of the Caribou in 2003 and continued his education at the University of Calgary in 2007, graduating from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary in 2010 with a major in management information systems and a minor in marketing. 

Jan has been involved in many community events and was the director of special events and ceremonies for the BC Special Olympics and BC Winter Games. Jan is also the chairperson of the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament as well as the vice president of the Kamloops sports council and sits on many other community boards. 

Some of Jan’s career highlights include attending the 2010 World Championships in Seoul, South Korea as a staff member of Hockey Canada and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia.

Jan is involved with many sports teams in the community and is currently the general manager of the Thompson Blazers U18, U16 and U15 hockey teams as well as a general manager for Kamloops Broncos Football club.

Jan joined the Kamloops Film society as a volunteer for the Twin Rivers Drive-In and quickly moved up to staff member. 

Some of Jan’s favorite movies are Jurassic Park, ET, Indiana Jones and some of the old classic James Bond movies.

Jessica Buchanan

Jessica Buchanan

FOH Coordinator

Jessica was born and raised in Kamloops, but has had the pleasure of also living in Wells, BC and Toronto. She is a graduate of TRU, where she obtained her BA in Theatre with a minor in History. She recently moved back from Toronto where she attended The Second City Training Centre in the Conservatory Program, Advanced Writing and Improv for Actors courses. She is the Co-Founding Director of The Freudian Slips Improv Troupe and is currently the Education Assistant with Western Canada Theatre. She is also an actor, writer, educator and improviser on the side; when she’s not nose deep in a historical biography.

Jessica is super stoked (which is generally her natural way of existing) to be working with KFS and at The Paramount; which has been one of her favourite buildings since she started watching movies there as a little kid. Her favourite memory of The Paramount was when she watched The Runaways one hot, lazy summer evening and it truly made her believe in “The Magic of The Movies” 

Jessica’s favourite films include It’s A Wonderful Life, A Mighty Wind, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Anchorman, Jojo Rabbit, The Big Chill, Pirate Radio and many, many more.

Sam Theriault

FOH 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).