Meet the Mikes of MediaMikes.com
Mike Gencarelli has always been a fan of movies growing up from cutting out the newspaper movie ads and posting them all over his wall to running the website, BoxOfficeWizard.com. Mike has been a contributor to various sites including MyVideoStore.com, DarkHorizons.com and Moviehole.net . Mike was even an extra in the Troma film, called “Terror Firmer” back in 1998. He grew up in Long Island, NY and currently resides in the Orlando, FL area.
Mike A. Smith served as the film critic for the Leavenworth (KS) Times from 2002-2011. He also served as the film critic and a featured writer (“Mike’s Rant”) for Nolan’s Pop Culture Review for more then a decade. He is a weekly contributor to the RottenTomatoes web site. He served three terms as Vice President of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest professional film critics’ association in the United States, currently serves as the group’s recording secretary and is a long-serving member of the groups governing board. His most recent book, “JAWS 2: The Making of the Hollywood Sequel “ was published by Bear Manor Media in the fall of 2015. Smith resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Adam Lawton came on board in the fall of 2010 conducting interviews with celebs and writing movie reviews featured on the site. Since the change from MovieMikes.com to MediaMikes.com, Adam has become the sites Music Editor conducting interviews with musicians and reviewing albums/concerts. When he’s not making the rounds at the NY/NJ movie conventions and attending concerts, he’s playing in his own band Aim Nine or he’s home in Upstate NY enjoying a classic 70/80’s horror movie.
Jeremy Werner still smirks like an immature nine-year-old every time he tells people he has a BS degree. He spent five booze-filled years at Northwest Missouri State University, majoring in Broadcast Communications, with a minor in Advertising. Don’t let that fool you though; before coming to Media Mikes, Jeremy has worked at four radio stations, including a short lived Internet radio station and an NPR affiliate. When he’s not breaking his ankle, Jeremy is reading a good true crime novel, horror story or fantasy book. He also enjoys drinking craft beers unpretentiously and trying new food on his meager budget. When he has the time, he’s going to metal concerts and enjoying the Kansas City nightlife. Despite his jokes in poor taste, and the awkward silences that follow, Jeremy hopes you’ll enjoy what he writes and the people he talks to. Also give that podcast he helped start a listen. It’s pretty badass.
Lauren Damon, honorary New York “Mike”, has a BFA in Film & Animation from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a concentration on Literary & Cultural Studies. She is originally from Long Island where she got her healthy fix of films growing up across the street from two movie theatres and a video store (which she misses terribly). Lauren is now a freelance illustrator/web designer based in New York City, where she loves the variety of entertainment the city has to offer. Her favorite films include “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Jurassic Park” and “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”. She also enjoys British comedy, a good montage and the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game.
Dave Picton owes his lifelong obsession and passion for music to his dad’s turntable that never stopped playing the Stones and Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” when he was but a wee lad. One of the first phrases to leave his mouth was “gash-gash-gash” which either meant he had his sights on becoming a world-infamous serial killer or frequently enjoyed singing a snippet of the chorus to “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. As of this writing, it is still unclear as to which it was. Regardless, Dave has a BFA in Graphic Design and has worked on design projects for numerous musicians and music festivals. When not interviewing some of his most-admired musicians for Media Mikes, Dave works at a Connecticut-based defibrillator company where he makes sure that user manuals and instructions tell users that the devices are to be used to save lives and are not for pressing paninis. When quittin’ time rolls around, he can be found at various local-area karaoke bars belting out a rendition of “In the Air Tonight” that totally kicks Phil Collins’ buh-buh-booty-o.
Click Here to read our PressRelease from August 30, 2011, announcing the expansion of MovieMikes.com to MediaMikes.com.
Click Here to read Change Places! An Interview with Mike Gencarelli of MediaMikes.com by Mike Schneider (January 11, 2011)
Click Here to read our Press Release from February 23, 2010, that announced the start of our site.
Click Here to read our Press Release from October 7, 2010, that announced our 250,000 hit.