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When the Tar Heel football social media team approached Zach Goins and Jake Lawler about filming a brief video review of “Avengers: Infinity War,” they quickly agreed. After the 240 seconds ended, they knew they wanted more, and so, Inside The Film Room was born. Now, Inside The Film Room is a weekly entertainment podcast that breaks down new releases and analyzes the latest movie, television and pop culture news.

Zach Goins
Co-Founder, Editor-In-Chief

IMG_6028Zach Goins is a film critic and entertainment reporter for, and an accredited member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association. Zach graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019 with a B.A. in Reporting. At Carolina, he spent four years playing defensive back for the Tar Heels and served as a senior writer for The Daily Tar Heel for three years. Zach has covered film festivals, interviewed Oscar-nominees, walked red carpets and regularly attends advanced media screenings. 

Favorite Movies: “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Spotlight,” “Prisoners,” “Booksmart,” “La La Land”

Jake Lawler
Co-Founder, Contributing Writer


Jake Lawler is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism and film studies. Jake is an aspiring writer/director, and already has a handful of short films, stories and screenplays under his belt. Jake is also the content director for UNCUT Chapel Hill, a multimedia platform allowing student-athletes to tell their stories outside of sports. Jake also plays defensive end for the Tar Heels.

Favorite Movies: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Dark Knight,” “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Iron Giant,” “The Princess Bride”

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