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Behind the screens with Paramount Theatre’s film programmer

Stephen Jannise talks about the thought and passion for film in the 38th season of the summer series

By Matthew Odam - American-Statesman Staff

Stephen Jannise has the soul of a cinephile. He has been professionally programming movies in Austin for two years, but the 27 year-old head of the Paramount Theatre’s film department has been thinking like a programmer since he was a teenager.

When Netflix debuted during Jannise’s high school years, the Nederland native considered starting a program were people could go online and write down a description of their mood or interests and Jannise would suggest a fitting movie for the occasion.

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