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Jane Boursaw started Reel Life With Jane around the turn of the century, which she realizes makes her sound ancient. She’s really not that ancient, but sometimes feels like it because of the two teenagers who live in her house.
Jane has written for hundreds of print and online publications over the years, including Variety, People Magazine, Woman’s Day, the New York Times, USA Weekend, Parade, iVillage, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal and AOL, where she was an editor and staff writer for TV Squad, Moviefone and PopEater. But now her work consists mainly of this site you’re reading and her syndicated family movie and TV reviews.
When not watching movies and TV shows, tapping out family reviews, or scouting the Web for new syndicators, you’ll find Jane in her kayak off the shores of the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City, Michigan.
Melanie Votaw began studying dance at age four and wrote her first poem at age six. Throughout her childhood and young life, she performed as a dancer, singer and actress, but she also spent time writing … a lot.
At this point in her life, after having published 13 books, writing has mostly won the “battle of the modes of self-expression” (with a few occasional lapses on a stage.)
So, Melanie now likes to surround herself with creative people, attending theater and film festivals, and writing about those people and their work. Luckily, her home “town” of New York City gives her many opportunities to do just that.
Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411.com, More.com and MovieMaker Magazine.
For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.
Read all of Paula’s stories here.
K. L. Connie Wang is huge fan of monthly serial romance novels and Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series. Connie has been published in The Orlando Sentinel, Campus Circle and Latina Bride magazine, as well as on such web sites as TVFodder, FilmFodder, The Travel Channel and IgoUgo.
Other interests include shopping (especially when it comes to finding the best bargain!), food (eating, cooking, watching food shows, and eating again), books, online gaming, and traveling when her income affords it.
Michelle Shyman is an actor, comic, screenwriter, filmmaker, corporate video producer and film journalist. She’s appeared in 35 films and stage plays and has won regional acting awards.
One of her screenplays placed in American Gem Screenplay Competition and Script Nurse Screenplay Competition, and she’s produced or assistant-produced a number of independent films, three of which won festival awards.
Michelle executive-directed the Lake2Sound Youth Film Festival (growing it from a local to a national audience) and serves as a judge for several student film festivals nationwide.
She coaches actors, teaches directors how to work with actors, and presents seminars on directing actors. She’s a former Board member of Women in Film Seattle chapter. Michelle also consults on product strategy for entertainment startups. In addition to her Reel Life With Jane column, Michelle writes “Balancing Act,” a weekly column for Reel Grok, named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top sites for working filmmakers.
Vera Marie Badertscher’s grandmother was the ticket seller at the Duncan Theater in Killbuck, Ohio, and nepotism probably helped Vera Marie get her first job — registering people and then drawing names each Saturday night for the giveaway that drew farm families from their weekly shopping into the theater.
Her biggest movie regret is that she didn’t pinch some of those 1950′s movie posters from the Duncan Theater AND that she didn’t save the machine-autographed pictures of movie stars she sent away for during her pre-teens.
At A Traveler’s Library, Vera writes about books and movies that inspire people to travel. Here at Reel Life With Jane, she covers classic films and movie stars that aren’t “reel-y” gone. Follow Vera on Facebook and Twitter @pen4hire, Google + , and read all of Vera’s stories here.
Kim is a married mother of two (15 and 13) who grew-up in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Seattle in 1979 where she now resides. She’s a stay at home mom and school volunteer who helps with a variety of causes.
She loves to travel, read, and spend time with family and friends. She grew up watching movies and TV with her grandmother and, like many young girls, dreamed of moving to Hollywood and becoming an actress.
Her favorite movies are “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” and and her favorite TV show is “Bones.” Kim finished her first screenplay in January 2013, and is working on a second. Her dream is to someday work on a movie or television set helping to produce something she’s created.
Barbara Benham is a Washington, D.C.-based writer, blogger and digital consultant. A film buff, she has had a tortured relationship with television, forsaking it altogether from her mid-teens through early 20s, then diving deeply into it when she worked for a college professor studying network news.
She’s never had cable. She only started watching “Mad Men” because she happened to be staying in a hotel (a Hilton no less) when season five premiered.
Barbara loves her teenage son and travel, both of which she can never get enough. She blogs at Travel-Sweeps.tumblr.com, and follow her on Twitter @TravelSweeps. Read all of Barbara’s posts here, and her “Mad Men” recaps here.
An expat American, Melanie McMinn lives in the magical land of Middle Earth or, as the Muggles would put it, New Zealand. She writes about green, sustainable living at the Frugal Kiwi.
Here at Reel Life With Jane, Melanie is our British TV aficionado and loves writing about shows like “Larkrise to Candleford,” “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries,” and “Prime Suspect.” She’s also an expert on all things Hobbity and Peter Jackson.
Maggie Rose loves all things celebrity and pop culture. When not following rising pop stars on Twitter or scouring People.com for the latest break-up, make-up or scandal, you’ll find her camped out watching E! News or Entertainment Tonight with Lucy, her adorable Welsh Corgi.
Read all of Maggie’s stories here.
When not playing Settlers of Catan with his buddies, Cameron West loves watching “Family Guy,” “Archer” and “Dual Survival,” and has a special fondness for all things Walter Bishop.
He’s also a big fan of movies directed by Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick and Clint Eastwood.
Read all of Cameron’s stories here.