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Team

Picture driving by an independent video store in the mid-90s late at night: the walls are plastered with posters for indie and foreign films, the lights are still on, and the music's still playing. That's us — metaphorically speaking, of course. We love discovering great films, and we want everyone to feel that love. Here are some of the people behind the counter:

Fandor's Cast & Crew

Haroon Adalat

Haroon Adalat

Creative & Editorial Director in Marketing

A graduate of the film production program at San Francisco State University who specialized in philosophy and film theory, as social media manager and marketing strategist Haroon Adalat is passionate about utilizing good design to get people excited about watching Fandor films and expanding their movie knowledge. Off the clock he can be found attending local repertory film screenings, making custom furniture, or rereading Gilles Deleuze’s “Cinema” books.

Favorite Fandor film
Un chant d'amour

Larry Aidem

Larry Aidem

President & CEO

Larry Aidem has extensive global experience in the successful development and operation of entertainment networks, holding senior roles at MCA-Universal, HBO/Time Warner, Viacom, Showtime/CBS and 11 years as President and CEO of Sundance Channel LLC. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of IconicTV where he currently serves as non-executive Chairman. Aidem received his BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. 

Favorite Fandor film
Jews of Iran

Dan Aronson

Dan Aronson

Co-Founder & Advisor

Dan Aronson has been at the forefront of technology since the '80s. He began building supercomputers at Thinking Machines Corporation and he was an early employee at WAIS, the first internet search engine company. He cofounded anti-spam company Brightmail and internet incubator Campsix, and has been on the boards of City Car Share and networked music player company Slim Devices.

Favorite Fandor film
Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?

Al Chou

Al Chou

Senior Software Engineer

Al has been a Ruby programmer since 2001, a professional Rails developer since 2010, and has also held QA and customer success roles. He once studied plasma physics for controlled thermonuclear fusion power generation but nowadays tends a herd of horses and an assortment of other animals when not at the office.

Favorite Fandor film
The King of the Wild Horses

Ignacia Chu-Jacoby

Ignacia Chu-Jacoby

Office Administrator

Ignacia Chu-Jacoby is a tech nerd, Google fan and Professional Development coach. She is the Office wizard who makes things happen in the office. During her free time she is volunteering her time as a tech career coach or watching films or doing some craft projects. Her previous experience has been working with Year Up as a Volunteer Recruiter, Jones IT Awesome Office Manager and Founder of DARTS at UC Merced.

Favorite Fandor film
The Decline of Western Civilization

Kimberly Corry

Kimberly Corry

Director of Analytics

An ardent logophile, Kimberly Corry found her knack for data wrangling and analysis at the intersection of language and technology. She’s edited an online dictionary and did a stint transforming the known world into structured data. At Fandor, she's delighted to harness her powers for the enjoyment of film. In her spare time, Kim hikes, talks to birds, and idolizes Canada.

Favorite Fandor film
The Forbidden Room

Jess Ellison

Jess Ellison

Software Engineer

Jess Ellison studied the transpersonal effects of film on the human psyche as part of her Holistic Psychology degree from Lesley University and has since justified indulging in countless hours of movies and tv. After working in healthcare she found her way to Fandor to write code. When she’s not coding, she can be found practicing yoga, eating brunch, or hiking.

Favorite Fandor film
The Deep Blue Sea

Talia Feder

Talia Feder

Programming Curator

Talia Feder is an experimental artist with a background in fine arts and film. She has her BA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Her films have been screened at The Great Wall of Oakland, BAMPFA, Victoria Theater and Artists' Television Access. A cinephile since her childhood in NYC, Talia recently returned to San Francisco to join Fandor.

Favorite Fandor film
Mauvais sang

Jeremy Fujimoto-Johnson

Jeremy Fujimoto-Johnson

Senior Software Engineer

Jeremy Fujimoto-Johnson was drawn by the inexorable pull of programming a computer and earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Pacific Union College. After working in the healthcare industry for many years Jeremy went in search of new challenges and found Fandor. He has a passion for good design and beautiful, clean code. Outside work Jeremy is interested in games, science fiction, and economics.

Gail Gendler

Gail Gendler

Head of Programming

Gail Gendler has extensive experience negotiating content deals for Sundance Channel's domestic and global channels supporting the Channel's global expansion from three to more than 100 countries in five years. She has experience navigating relationships with studios, mini-majors and independent distributors for Pay TV and On-Demand deals. Prior to Sundance, Gendler worked at NBC in Olympic Unit and on "Later..with Bob Costas". She holds a BS in Broadcast Journalist from the S.I Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.

Monica Ha

Monica Ha

Marketing Director

An unabashed TV junkie, Monica Ha was always destined to take on the world of entertainment. Prior to Fandor, she was a digital and brand marketer for NBCUniversal and then Condé Nast. She now strives to bring smart, provocative and undiscovered films to the masses. She earned her BA from UC Irvine and her MA in Sociology from The University of Manchester in the UK.

Favorite Fandor film
An Englishman in New York

Steve Holmes

Steve Holmes

Senior Software Engineer

Steve is Software Crafter who specializes in Distributed Systems, Microservices. Cloud infrastructure and DevOps.

Favorite Fandor film
Poison

Bradley Hyppa

Bradley Hyppa

Senior Content Engineer

Bradley Hyppa is a video professional and artist based in San Francisco, CA where he implements video solutions and workflows to keep films looking their best at Fandor. Hyppa’s own experimental video work has been installed in gallery exhibitions, projected in public spaces, and screened in festivals internationally. When not staring at pixels, Hyppa can be found wandering the city as if he were Scottie, or relaxing in Alamo Square, watching the same photo be taken over, and over again. He can also make a formidable pie.

Favorite Fandor film
Days of Being Wild

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Software Engineer

Sarah Johnson grew up blocks away from the Texas Theater. She attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she learned how to describe the semiotic mise-en-scène of the Fast and Furious franchise. Prior to Fandor, she was Assistant Programmer at nonprofit cinematheque The Cinefamily. When she’s not meticulously combing through hours of footage, she makes zines and hyper-specific websites.

Favorite Fandor film
Outer Space

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Chairman

Chris Kelly joined Facebook in 2005 as one of the first senior employees, and at various times served the company as General Counsel, Vice President of Corporate Development, Chief Privacy Officer, and Head of Global Public Policy.  He left in 2009 to pursue the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California.  In 2010, he launched Kelly Investments, a family office pursuing transformational investments in technology, media, and finance. Fandor is one of the fund’s earliest companies.  

Nick Kinling

Nick Kinling

Senior Product Designer

Nick Kos... err, Kinling, grew up in the DMV. He got his start coloring between the lines until one day he started to branch out and actually draw the lines himself. In his free time he likes to buy coffee beans from costco, microwave them, and sell them to his friends. He likes goats, wolves and sometimes cabbage.

Favorite Fandor film
Uninvited

Nickolas Kosma

Nickolas Kosma

Customer Support Manager

Movie lover and avid support of the film industry, Nick turns his attentions towards Fandor customers to help get them the films they never knew they needed!

Favorite Fandor film
The Shaolin Drunken Monk

Eric Malyshev

Eric Malyshev

Manager, Programming

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Matt Maraynes

Matt Maraynes

Coordinator, Editorial and Corporate Development

Matt is a writer and filmmaker who came to Fandor after working for several years in film production and development. He's proud to be one of the only employees based in New York City, even if it means he has to rely heavily on houseplants, his parents' golden retriever puppy, and the Fandor movie library to keep him company.

Marty McLaughlin

Marty McLaughlin

Software Engineer

Delmarva native Marty "mcsanchez" McLaughlin is a customer service superstar turned mediocre Engineer. He loves matcha, martinis and self help books. He strives for greatness everyday at Fandor whilst drinking 3 cups of coffee per hour.

Favorite Fandor film
Boxing Cats

Felice Oper

Felice Oper

Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

Felice Oper is an experienced corporate and entertainment lawyer previously holding leadership positions at IconicTV and HBO/HBO OLE. She started her career at the international law firm of White & Case. Felice received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her JD from NYU School of Law.

Tiffany Parker

Tiffany Parker

Senior Programming Associate

Tiffany Parker received a BFA in filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. Prior to joining Fandor, she was involved with the San Francisco Cinematheque and was an active member of A.V. Collective Film. When she's not ensuring the quality of the Fandor film library, she makes short films of her own and takes full advantage of the myriad of neat films she has at her disposal.

Favorite Fandor film
I Think I'm Missing Parts

Hannah Piper Burns

Hannah Piper Burns

Staff Writer

Hannah Piper Burns loves bringing Fandor’s news and content to the world! When she’s not smithing words, she makes, curates, and voraciously consumes experimental media, practices casual divination, and enjoys Jazzercise.

Favorite Fandor film
Bad Connection

Albert Reinhardt

Albert Reinhardt

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Trained in animation at RISD, Albert Reinhardt's tinkering nature led him instead to video games upon graduation. At Knowledge Adventure, he led kick-ass teams creating award-winning CD-ROM and online games. He later founded HappyGoFun, Inc. and focused on design and UX. Working with teams at Fujitsu Labs of America, he co-authored several patents for innovations in motion interface and search. He returned to his filmic roots when he founded Fandor with Dan and Jonathan.

Favorite Fandor film
Richard's Wedding

Laura Rickett

Laura Rickett

Controller

Laura Rickett is a lover of numbers. She has always worked with smart, fun, creative people and is happy to be learning a lot about films here at Fandor. She has held various financial positions in the entertainment business - at CBS, marketing, design and ad agencies, and most recently worked as manager of YouTube produced channels.

Jamie Weber

Jamie Weber

Senior Software Engineer

Jamie Weber fell in love with web developing after designing and maintaining a website for an independent wrestling federation he and his friends co-founded in Chico, CA. He made his way to San Francisco to attend the Art Institute of California - San Francisco where he received a BS in Web Design and Interactive Media. After working for various startups, always with a love for cinema, he found his way to Fandor.

Favorite Fandor film
Cronos

Alex Ziegler

Alex Ziegler

Senior Software Engineer

Alex Ziegler is a coder with a primary love for backend engineering and scripting languages. He discovered his passion for that type of narrative while working for a production company, Union Editorial, as a screenwriter. His cinematic interests largely lay between slapstick and drama. When not programming at Fandor, Alex spends his time researching and playing with programming paradigms.

Favorite Fandor film
Easy Street