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 recently moved to the Orlando, FL area.
Mike A. Smith served as the Film Critic for the Leavenworth (KS) Times from 2002-2011. He has also served as the film critic and a featured writer (“Mike’s Rant”) for Nolan’s Pop Culture Review (www.crazedfanboy.com) for more then a decade. He is a weekly contributor to the RottenTomatoes web site and has recently had his reviews featured at www.moviehole.net. 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, and remains a long time member of the groups governing board. Smith resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
The Mikes both cite “JAWS” as their favorite film and in fact first met at JAWSFest in 2005. They both are featured in the critically acclaimed documentary, “The Shark Is Still Working.”
Media Mikes’ Staff and honorary “Mikes”:
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.
Angelo Casciorizzo Jr is a fan of movies and video games. He has been playing games since Magnavox Odyssey 300. Angelo enjoys playing MMO’s and is a fan of the Final Fantasy/Castelvania/Zelda series. Angelo grew up in Brooklyn NY and moved to Florida in 1986. This is his first website that he has been a part of and is very excited.
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.
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.
Elizabeth (Liz) Phillips is the New York City staff photographer and a writer for MediaMikes. She has a BFA in Film and Animation from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a minor in Art History. She loves films, comedy, music, theatre, and art. When she is not covering events for Mikes, she is currently a working actor in the city as well as a freelance video editor and director. Her favorite photographers are Peter Lindbergh, Henri Cartier Bresson, and Robert Frank. She loves Marvel superheroes, Pennsylvania diners, live storytelling, and has never lost a round of Scattergories. Ever.
Phillip Smith was born and raised in Kansas. Phillip has had the opportunity to be exposed to all genres of music: Country, Rock, R & B, Blue Grass, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Classic Rock. Living within 25 miles of Kansas City, Missouri and major college town Lawrence, Kansas, he has been attending concerts his whole life. He doesn’t focus on one specific type of music, keeping an open mindedness for music and what the writer and band are trying to portray and paint with their words and music. In Phillip’s words, “Good Music is Good Music.” A true University of Kansas Jayhawk Fan, he makes sure he wears something with KU on it every day and hasn’t missed a single KU Basketball Game for any reason for a decade. With his middle name being “Michael,” Phillip is a perfect new addition to the Media Mikes family and hopes to introduce to readers the writers, musicians, bands and musical culture of the Midwest.
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.