Don Shanahan is the creator/founder/blogger of Every Movie Has a Lesson. Don is a middle school teacher who is a regular credentialed member of the Chicago press pool of film critics. With his background in education, Don writes with the goal of teaching life lessons, from the serious to the farcical, found within every film. On Feelin’ Film, he contributes “What We Learned This Week,” a weekly blog putting life lessons to current releases and movie trends and occasionally guests on podcasts. He is one of the founders of the CIFCC and is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society.
Don’s movie reviews are also published in the Southland Voice community newspaper and on the social platform Medium for the MovieTime Guru page of AMI Publications, where he is listed as one of the 50 “Top Writers” in the topic of movies. Outside of reviews on his website, Don also presents his own voice and unique take on movie trends, film commentary, and more through website and social media features, columns, and editorials ranging from film discussions, awards talk, “best of” lists, and seasonal previews. He happily resides in Forest Park, Illinois with his tremendous wife Thanh and their two children, Molly and Sam.