PROGRAMMING TEAM

2017 PROGRMMING TEAM

AARON ALLEN: Director & Lead Programmer




















Aaron Allen is a life-long devotee of genre film with a passion for horror cinema. An original member of the Fright Night Theatre team from its start in 2009, Aaron took over programming duties and operations in 2012 and oversaw Fright Night's transformation into a competitive film festival. Aaron's taste in horror and genre films tends towards monster movies and gory horror-comedies in the style of Peter Jackson's Dead Alive. He counts George A. Romero, Astron-6, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon, and Godzilla as his favorite filmmakers, past and present.

TINA ALLEN: Box Office Operations




















Tina Allen is a horror fan who saw The Shining and Poltergeist at so young and vulnerable an age that the experience permanently messed her up -- in the best possible way. Tina's favorite films include The Shining, Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, It FollowsThe Conjuring, and Get Out. She is a big fan of spooky ghost movies and a well-executed hammer kill. Film programmer by night, Tina works by day as a compassionate veterinarian and kick-ass roller derby warrior. 

JAY CLARKE: Programmer
Short Film Advisory Team
Awards Judge

























Jay Clarke was born in Oakville, Ontario and raised on a steady diet of eighties horror flicks. He has written & directed several short films which have played in festivals across North America. In addition to FNT, he also programs for the Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival and Toronto's monthly genre short film showcase Little Terrors. He is also the founder and curator of The Horror Section, a horror media blog and VHS archive.

www.thehorrorsection.com
https://vimeo.com/workshedproductions
http://www.littleterrorsfestival.com/


RACHEL HLOZAN: Programmer
Feature & Short Film Advisory Team
Awards Judge


























Rachel is a microbiology technologist and horror enthusiast with an insatiable love for B horror movies. She is relatively new to Hamilton but has outstretched her tendrils into the horror community and is making herself at home. Some of her favorite films include The Exorcist, Evil Dead, Slugs, The Stuff, Jaws, Pieces and Pet Sematary. She loves the use of practical effects and realistic looking gore.


BRETT JANSEN: Programmer
Feature & Short Film Advisory Team
Awards Judge




















Brett Jansen is a Confederation College Film program alum who co-runs a VHS distribution company called Video Carnage Video. He has produced two short films and is an avid film watcher and horror buff.

NADINE L'ESPERANCE : Programmer
Feature & Short Film Advisory Team
Awards Judge


Nadine L’Esperance is a filmmaker in the underground indie horror scene. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia she fell in love with horror as a very young child with the 80's horror genre. As she grew older she had great interests in art, photography and film. She spent 12 years as a television and movie extra with shows such as The Outer Limits and X-Files under her belt. This was a great learning experience for her future knowledge of film making. With a great DIY film making attitude and knowing how to creatively get around obstacles she will take the underground horror world by storm. Her biggest project is the award winning short No Pets Allowed which won many awards and got worldwide recognition. She is known as the DIY punk rock John Waters. @BlueLEsperance. Instagram: xbluegirlx

DESMOND REDDICK: Programmer
Feature & Short Film Advisory Team
Awards Judge


Desmond Reddick is a writer, teacher and podcaster on Vancouver Island. As far as movies are concerned, he loves all kinds of horror, but he is particularly fond of Italian films from the late seventies, American films from the early 80s, the French horror of the 2000s, and the recent mumblecore horror stuff, even though he hates that term. You can find him weekly on the Dread Media horror genre podcast at www.dreadmedia.com and on Twitter @dreadmedia


BRANDEN YATES: Programmer
Feature Film Advisory Team
Awards Judge





















By day, Branden fights the good fight, getting CD’s and LP’s in the hands of the people of Shelbyville, Indiana. By night, he is most commonly sitting with his eyeballs glued to a screen; whether at home, a friends’ house, the theater, or his home away from home: The Skyline Drive-In. Branden has been a programmer for Friday Night Frights at the Strand Theater and currently puts together a double feature at the Skyline Drive-In during the summer called Indie SINsations. His goal is to find and introduce people to new, crazy films.