About the Authors

All of the content that you see on our blog, from the videos to the reviews to the articles, is created by students. The diverse range of subjects reflects the multi-faceted interests of our students. Below, you will be able to meet some of our student content-creators and learn about their background in film.

Current authors:

Marie Alessandro

Marie Alessandro is a junior in the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Currently a Communication major with a minor in Professional Writing and New Media, Marie is seeking a career change after 30 years in the workforce. They are particularly enthusiastic about the Horror genre, and Cult films. Favorite films include:

  • The Lighthouse (2019)
  • Blue Velvet (1986)
  • Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  • Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
  • Titus Andronicus (1999)



Jenna Moloney

After graduating Weymouth High School in 2016, Jenna has been training to be a performer. She completed one year as a dance major at Oklahoma City University, and now she is back studying what she loves in her home city. Jenna is a sophomore Theatre Arts major and a Cinema Studies minor at UMass Boston. She is excited to continue analyzing and reviewing films and to share her work! Her favorite director is Christopher Nolan because he constantly leaves his audience thinking and guessing with films like:

  • Memento (2000)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Interstellar (2014)




Former authors:

Jacob deBlecourt

Jacob is a sophomore in the Honors College at UMass Boston. He is a Political Science major but minors in Cinema Studies. When not in class, Jacob facilitates and edits Cinema @ UMB and formerly served as President of the UMass Boston College Democrats. He also is a supervisor at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Jacob’s top four favorite films (in no particular order) are:

  • Tootsie
  • Harold and Maude
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh)


John Heffernan

John Heffernan is a junior currently attending the University of Massachusetts Boston. Currently a Communication major with a minor in Cinema Studies, John hopes to work in the social media or public relations fields for companies in the future.  He is a devoted horror and comedy fan and his favorite films include:

  • Chef (2014)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Gremlins (1984)
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)


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