Contributors for Issue 1, “The Virgin Suicides” Edition

Rebecca Martin, Founder and Editor in Chief

Rebecca Martin is the founder of Cinema Femme magazine. Rebecca’s true passion has always been film. She founded the Chicago Film Lover Exchange in 2011, which has grown to over 6,000 members. She has worked with various publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Lawyer magazine, and the CBA (Chicago Bar Association) Record. Rebecca is also the podcast cohost of Fresh Perspective, featured on the Now Playing Network, with her film lovin’ friend Jeff Broitman. Along with film, Rebecca is passionate about empowering and encouraging other women to follow their dreams and passions. Follow Rebecca on Twitter and Instagram.

Alison Marcotte, Editor

Alison Marcotte is a writer and editor in Chicago area. She went to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in journalism. She’s a freelance editor for book publishers and a writer for digital marketing agencies. She’s excited to be a part of the Cinema Femme team and looks forward to working with talented writers and artists for future issues! Follow her on Twitter or visit her website at

Jennifer Jenkins, Designer

Award-winning graphic designer Jennifer Jenkins began her experience working at local newspapers, but her love for graphic design was sparked back in high school. Starting with advertisement design and pre-press, she worked her way up to small magazines and eventually onto larger publications like Chicago Lawyer magazine. From bright, splashy designs to clean, modern vibes, Jennifer brings a creative and fun spin to the graphic design world. Learn more about Jennifer’s work here.

Laurine Cornuéjols, Illustrator

Laurine Cornuéjols is a French illustrator who creates colorful and elegant illustrations using a combination of watercolor and digital media. When she is not working from her studio in London, she travels the world with her sketchbook and camera. One of her favorite films: “Big Fish” (2003). Learn more about Laurine’s work here.

Marjorie Morgan, Contributing Writer

Marjorie Morgan is a writer, playwright, and journalist with special interest in cultural and social politics. Marjorie writes both critically and creatively, and in 2018 she is a writer-in-residence for Independent Liverpool Biennial. She has written for a number of national and international publications, such as The Guardian and Reader’s Digest. She was also recently shortlisted for the 15th Windsor Fringe International Kenneth Branagh Drama Awards. See Marj’s site here.

Amy Renee Wasney, Contributing Writer

Amy Renee Wasney is a passionate writer and feminist living in the south suburbs of Chicago and an annual participant in National Novel Writing Month. Her favorite films include “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962), “The Princess Bride” (1987), and “Big Fish” (2003), and her personal heroes are Fred Rogers and Hermione Granger. She tries to live up to their example each and every day.

Stephanie Dykes, Contributing Writer

Stephanie Dykes is our Chicago Film Lover Exchange contest winner! The contest was to write about a 2018 film that was your favorite for the year so far, and the strongest piece gets featured in the inaugural issue. Stephanie won the contest and wrote about the thriller American Animals, directed by Bart Layton. Stephanie’s been passionate about film since she saw Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) at an age most would consider inappropriate. She is beyond excited to contribute to a new publication that encourages others to indulge in the passion of others and always strives to get people excited about film and its importance.