Jake Kaylor is from Export, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Film Studies from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA). During his time at Westminster, Jake competed in track and field for the Titans as a hurdler. However, it was in the classroom that he found his passion. He took his first film studies class during his sophomore year as an elective and he immediately fell in love. In the fall of 2017, he studied abroad in London, United Kingdom for a semester. Jake was a teaching assistant for Dr. Suzanne Prestien at the Cambridge Springs State Women’s Correctional Facility during the summer of 2018. He used this experience to enhance his writing ability while also gaining valuable teaching experience. During Fall 2019, Jake introduced the film Faces Places at the Tournées French Foreign Film Festival at Westminster College. After the film, he led a discussion about the film with the audience. Dr. Deborah Mitchell and Dr. Prestien encouraged Jake to pursue his passion at the graduate level and he found his home at Ohio University. His interests in film include toxic masculinity in horror films, post-Vietnam War films, and film criticism. Jake intends to pursue one of these interests as research topic throughout his time at Ohio.