Portland Film Review

Nathan Modlin

Co-founder, editor, contributing writer


Hey, I’m Nathan! I was born and raised near Portland, OR, and I’m a big fan of the Pacific Northwest’s stunning nature. I just graduated from Reed College with a BA in Comparative Literature. I wrote my senior thesis on 20th-century Jewish literature, specifically the works of Franz Kafka, Osip Mandelstam, and Orson Welles’s adaptation of The Trial (1962). I’ve been studying film since late high school, mostly centred around French, German, and Russian cinema, which has fuelled my interest in writing about foreign film. Although my cinema tastes lie all over the map, a few of my favorite directors are Hitchcock, Kubrick, and Truffaut, and my favorite films include Rear Window (1954), Les 400 Coups (1959), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Chinatown (1974), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Mulan (1998), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Les Intouchables (2011).

Nathan has written reviews on Coco (2017), BlacKkKlansman (2018), and Gladiator (2000), and published critical articles on the Cinémathèque in Paris and the ethics of cinematic representation.

Jane Vaughan

Co-founder, editor, contributing writer


Hi I’m Jane, and I’m from Portland, ME. I graduated from Wellesley College, where I studied English and Art History. I’m a journalist, so I’m interested in how and why stories are told and how experiences and emotions are conveyed, whether that be through art, text, or film. I currently work as a producer at New Hampshire Public Radio. Some of my favorite directors are the Coen brothers, Terrence Malick, and Martin Scorsese. Some of my favorite films include No Country for Old Men (2007), The Fighter (2010), True Grit (2010), Blue Jasmine (2013), Nightcrawler (2014), Spotlight (2015), Manchester by the Sea (2016), The Hours (2002), and The Florida Project (2018).

Jane has written reviews on Lady Bird (2017), The Glass Castle (2017), and Hidden Figures (2016), and interviewed filmmakers Juliette Sutherland and Kendra Smith.

Devin McGrath-Conwell

Editor, contributing writer

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Hello there! My name is Devin McGrath-Conwell, and while I am not from Portland I grew up in Saco, Maine just a short drive away. My first love was literature, but once I found movies that was it. Stories told in frames and scenes taken from some of my favorite books – it is a joy that never grows old. Yet, I could never choose just one, so I was a Film and Media Culture & English and American Literature double major at Middlebury College in Vermont, trying to find the perfect ways to tell stories both with a keyboard and a camera. I am currently a faculty member in the Humanities Department at St. George’s School in Middletown, RI where I teach courses on American Literature, film, and other forms of media. While it’s always an impossible task to just name a few, some of my favorite works include Casablanca (1942), Diabolique (1955), The Birds (1963), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), Blue Velvet (1986), A Fish Called Wanda (1988),  L.A. Confidential (1997), The Prestige (2006), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Nice Guys (2016), Arrival (2016), and Twin Peaks: The Return (2017).

Devin has written reviews on Wonder Woman (2017), It (2017), and The Shape of Water (2017), thinkpieces on learning to love horror films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and co-directed his own short film, Locally Sourced (2019).

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