Staff

 

Editor in Chief Robert PatrickRobert Patrick

Editor, CEO, Executive Brat | Twitter

A member of the San Diego Film Critics Society, Rob created Cinema Spartan after he stepped down as the editor of a weekly. He has written for The East County Californian, The Alpine Sun, The East County Herald, The San Diego Entertainer, and the San Diego Reader. He has also worked with the Pacific Arts Movement. He co-owns two dire wolves, Buckley and Ruffin. At any given time, he can tell you superfluous hockey statistics. He is the chancellor of Tapatio, an advocate of iced tea, and an owner of at least 70 pairs of Vans.

 


 

Music Editor Andy FergusonAndy Ferguson

Junior Editor, Project Manager | Twitter

Much of who Andy Ferguson has become can be directly attributed to the summer of 1997, when he stumbled upon VHS copies of Swingers and Bottle Rocket while almost simultaneously becoming introduced to the Dr. Octagon album, ‘Dr. Octagonecologyst’. Worshiping artists like Kool Keith and Pavement, while living in a small country town in Indiana as a 13 year-old, instantly made him into more than an outcast. Instead of becoming a cliched, friendless and depressed shut-in, he embraced the otherworldly culture that these records and films were presenting to him. He’s spent the last 15+ years expanding his knowledge of the arts while stockpiling useless tidbits (such as the 114 minute runtime of High Fidelity) with hopes of unloading on some poor victims at bar trivia. He’s also a lifetime advocate of high pulp in O.J., and forever falls victim to his #1 vice, tacos carne asada.

 


 

Film Contributor Barry BenintendeBarry Benintende

Film Contributor

Barry has spent his entire adult life watching movies, listening to music and finding people gullible enough to pay him to do so. As the former Executive Editor of the La Jolla Light, Editor of the South County Mail, Managing Editor of D-Town, Founder and Editor of sQ Magazine, Managing Editor of Kulture Deluxe, and Music Critic for San Diego Newsline, you would figure his writing would not be so epically dull. He has also written for the San Diego Reader, the Daily Californian, the Marshfield Mail, Cinemanian and too many other papers and magazines that have been consigned to the dustbin of history. A happily-married father of two sons and a daughter, Barry has an unhealthy addiction to his hometown San Diego Padres and the devotion of his feisty Westie, Adie. Buy him a cup of coffee and he can spend an evening regaling you with worthless music or baseball trivia. Buy him two and you’ll never get rid of him.

 


 

Music Contributor Nathan KowalskiNathan Kowalski

Music Editor

Nathan grew up in East County San Diego playing pop punk and indie music with the rascally neighborhood children of Ryder Road. While big, energetic sounds and catchy hooks remain a priority, he keeps a close ear on the broader musical spectrum and attempts to listen to 25-30 new albums each month. He’s not on the vinyl bandwagon and will be buried with the same iPod classic he’s had since college. He still writes and records solo tracks which he hopes will successfully transform into his own children’s definition of dad rock. You can currently find him searching for some semblance of a decent taco shop in Orange County.

 


 

Fashion Columnist Laura PendergraftLaura Pendergraft

Fashion Columnist | Twitter

Laura is an Ogle Graduate, Trendvision 2015 Semi Finalist, Licensed Hairstylist, and Cat Mom, born and raised in the DFW area. When she’s not doing hair, she’s either scaling walls, petting her cats, harassing men on Tinder, or tweeting. Laura has a passion for anything related to hair or fashion. Her crowning achievement was the watermelon seed spitting contest she won in the third grade.

 

 


 

CSSavannahSavannah Oakes

Film Contributor | Twitter

A sarcastic, fairness-loving middle child, Savannah grew up in a suburb of Chicago. She currently lives in the city and attends Columbia College in Chicago where she studies film. She is a writer/director/editor who is passionate about sharing female stories. Her work tends to include topics like female sexuality, mental illness and LGBTQ issues. She is an avid Shakespeare lover and an even bigger lover of Improvised Shakespeare. The Art Institute is her second home so if she’s not there catch her trancing through cemeteries, lighting her Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vigil candles or being everybody’s surrogate mother.

 


 

Music Contributor Kimberly SassKimberly Sass

Music Contributor, Tendy | Twitter

Kimberly grew up in East Amherst, NY, a suburb of the snowiest city in the universe (Buffalo), and now is a city dweller. She is a former professional ice hockey goaltender for the Buffalo Beauts, practicing architectural designer by day and artist/photographer by night. Kimberly gets sassy when she hasn’t painted or explored with her Rebel in over a week. While crushing a workout, drafting the next Libeskind-esque perfection, editing photo shoots, or painting her next masterpiece, Kimberly loves to search for her new favorite tracks on YouTube. She has earned default car and locker room DJ positions over the years. She suffered a near fatal heart attack when Majestic Casual’s YouTube Channel got removed for 24 hours. Her favorite tracks are usually pick-me-ups, strut-your-stuff down main street jams, that allow her to #staysassy.

 


 

CSSchmidtChristine J. Schmidt

Contributor | Twitter

Christine is co-artistic director and founding member of Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA’s New West Playwrights in Los Angeles, a group of writers under the age of 30 who write their hearts out and tell crazy good stories. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dramatic Writing, a major that doesn’t even exist at that school anymore. Pretty cool, right? She can play 8+ chords on the mandolin and is a huge fan of horror movies and sad music. To relieve stress, she yells at people in traffic and does yoga.

 

 


 

Film Contributor Jason LunaJason Luna

Film Contributor | Twitter

Jason Luna is currently getting an MFA in Film Directing, and is also an actor, film critic, screenwriter, print/video editor, and anything else creative you need. A winner of one million dollars on NBC’s “1 vs. 100” in 2008, Jason has written about game shows, television, movies, and books for About.com, Geek Speak Magazine, and Boston University’s “The Comment” Magazine (which he also co-edited). He likes to think of himself as a feminist, thinks dogs are better than people, and really, really likes John Waters.

 


 

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June Owatari

Music Contributor | Twitter

Podcaster, freelance writer, sometimes musician, and always starving artist, June Owatari wears many hats and usually not very well. As a freelance writer, she has published works in PASTE Magazine and Edible San Diego, along with numerous independent zines and blogs throughout the years. Her most recent passion is her feminist music podcast Grrl on Grrl, where she interviews women and trans/nonbinary musicians. Oh, and sometimes she plays shows around town as her ukulele pop outfit Raymond the Sparrow.


 

Music Contributor Allie Rosenberg

 

Allie Rosenberg

Music Contributor | Twitter