Mike Tyrkus, the Editor in Chief and founder of CinemaNerdz.com, holds two degrees in English, one from Oakland University and one from the University of Toledo as well as a minor in Journalism and a concentration in Film Aesthetics. He cites David Cronenberg as his main filmic influence.
An award-winning independent filmmaker, co-writer and director of over a dozen short films (he’s the co-founder of the local film company Lamb-Kiss Productions), Mike has spent much of the last two decades as a writer and editor specializing in biographical and critical reference sources in literature and the cinema.
His contributions to the world of film criticism can be found in such places as the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Magill’s Cinema Annual, and the St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia (on which he collaborated with editor Andrew Sarris). Mike served as the driving force at MovieRetriever.com before launching CinemaNerdz.com in 2011. In addition to holding a position on the Leadership Committee of the Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS), he also serves as the webmaster for the DFCS. Mike is also a frequent contributor to the Detroit Film Critics Society’s official podcast, Far From Hollywood. He currently lives in the Detroit area with his wife and their two dogs.