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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.
Smith 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.

Meet the “Honorary” Mikes of MediaMikes.com

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. Jeremy is a member of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle

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.

Loey Lockerby spent 20 years as that rarest of creatures – a paid film critic for print publications. Since losing her freelance gig with the Kansas City Star in 2017, she is content to talk about movies for free on Behind the Mikes, where she marvels at Jeremy’s youth and occasionally exploits Mike’s crippling fear of clowns. Loey has a degree in Film History and American Studies from Bard College, so she can use fancy terms like “dialectical montage” and “primary source historiography” in casual conversation (she just chooses not to). Her cinematic tastes are extremely eclectic, but given a free day and a couple of beers, she’ll happily watch cheesy horror flicks on Shudder for 8 hours straight.

Michael D. Smith, with a passion for movies that began when his parents would take him when he was a kid to the local drive-in theater, and inspired by critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, Michael started reviewing works of cinema in 1992 for his college’s student-run newspaper. Two years later he returned to the Kansas City area where he convinced the editor of his hometown newspaper, the Democrat Missourian in Harrisonville, Missouri, to publish his reviews. In 2000 he joined Sun Publications in Overland Park, Kansas where he served as film critic and A&E Editor. During his tenure there, he was also the film critic for the “Fine Arts Radio Hour” and “Celebrity Scoop” radio shows on KXTR in Kansas City. After three years at the Sun he became the A&E writer for the Olathe News in Olathe, KS while also working as a freelance writer for The Squire in Leawood, KS, Showcase Publishing in Lake Ozark, MO, and the Kansas City Star. Most recently, Michael served for almost 10 years as the film critic for the Kansas City arts-oriented Web site KCMETROPOLIS. Michael, who holds a B.A. and M.A. in American history, is a long-standing member of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, a professional film critic organization established in 1966 by the late Dr. James Loutzenhiser.

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.