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David Schmader is a writer and performer devoted to cracking open his obsessions, from homophobic rock stars and conversion therapy to cannabis and camp cinema. From 1998-2015, Schmader was a staff writer and editor at The Stranger, Seattle’s Pulitzer-winning newsweekly. His solo plays Letter to Axl, Straight, and A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem have been produced in Seattle and across the US. In 2016, his book Weed: The User’s Guide was published in the US and the UK.
Peaches Christ is a filmmaker and cult leader living in San Francisco. Her infamous movie events are self-produced at the Castro Theatre and regularly draw over 1,000 attendees to each new production before they tour. Events have featured special guest stars John Waters, Cloris Leachman, Bruce Campbell, Barry Bostwick, Pam Grier, and more. Peaches is the alter- ego of Joshua Grannell, the writer and director of the feature film All About Evil. The award-winning dark comedy gore film stars Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Peterson, Mink Stole, and Peaches Christ herself. Peaches Christ has been featured in the films Milk, I Am Divine, Diary Of A Teenage Girl, Mansfield 66/67, Tura!, and more.
Adam Nayman is a critic and author in Toronto. His book It Doesn't Suck: Showgirls, published by ECW Press, went into a second edition in 2018. He teaches at Ryerson and U of T and writes for the Ringer and Cinema Scope.
April Kidwell is the writer, producer and star of I, Nomi - the one woman musical comedy about the life of Nomi Malone before and after Las Vegas. Previous credits include Showgirls! The Musical! (Nomi Malone), Bayside! The Musical! (Jessie Spano) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live! (Willow). Film credits premiering this year: The Bride of Death (dir. Michael Phillis) and Eat the Rainbow (dir. Brian Benson).
She is a proud student and volunteer of the Earthship Academy and Foxhole homes - building off the grid, self sustainable houses made of natural and recycled materials for homeless veterans.
Haley Mlotek is a writer and editor based in New York. Her essays, profiles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, ELLE, SSENSE, Hazlitt, The Ringer, and GARAGE, among others. Previously, she was the editor of The Hairpin, the style editor for MTV News, and the publisher of WORN Fashion Journal. She is currently working on a book about romance and divorce for Viking/McClelland & Stewart.
Jeffery Conway’s latest book is Descent of the Dolls: Part I, published by BlazeVOX [books], a collaboration with Gillian McCain and David Trinidad about the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. His other books include Showgirls: The Movie in Sestinas (BlazeVOX [books], 2014), The Album That Changed My Life (Cold Calm Press, 2006), and, with Lynn Crosbie and David Trinidad, Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (Turtle Point Press, 2003), a mock epic based on the 1950 film All About Eve. Current work can be found in the anthologies The Incredible Sestina Anthology, Dream Closet, and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems.
Matt’s a writer, podcaster, and video-maker based in Seattle whose work focuses on queer culture, geeks, and anything strange and wonderful. He’s the creator of the YouTube pop culture series Culture Cruise, which holds a fun magnifying glass to historic queer milestones in popular TV and film; the podcast & live comedy show Queens of Adventure, which features drag queens on an Dungeons & Dragons quest; the LGBTQ interview podcast The Sewers of Paris; and the LGBTQ news shows Weekly Debrief and Marriage News Watch. His book, Defining Marriage, chronicles the personal stories of people who fought for marriage equality over the last forty years.
Jeffrey Sconce is Associate Professor in the Screen Cultures program at Northwestern University. He is the editor of Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style, and Financing (2008) and the author of The Technical Delusion: Electronics, Power, Insanity (2019) and Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television (2000).
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker wrote the novel, "Funny Accent," and co-wrote with Robert Altman the film “Ready-to-Wear.” She was a film critic for The San Francisco Examiner for fourteen years and has written reviews and features for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Glamour, Mirabella, her blog Full Deck, and other publications. She currently reviews films for CommonSenseMedia.org. After receiving an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she received an NEH grant to study Taste and Popular Culture at the University of Chicago.
Susan Wloszczyna, currently a senior editor at the showbiz awards website Gold Derby, spent much of her nearly 30 years at USA TODAY doing her dream job as a senior entertainment writer. Her positions at the newspaper included being a film reviewer for 12 years as well as the Life section copy desk chief. She has free-lanced for RogerEbert.com, AARP-The Magazine, The Washington Post, The Buffalo News, MPAA’s The Credits, and Indiewire. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Alliance of Female Film Journalists and the Washington Area Film Critics Association.