Originally from the greater Seattle area, Cole graduated from Western Washington University in 2018 with degrees in English Literature and Film Studies. After graduating, he worked as a projectionist for the Pickford Film Center where he gained minor programming experience. His main research interests include art house theater studies, specifically how film programming is related to community building, as well as cult film/paracinema studies. Other interests include experimental documentary, online video genres, and video game studies. Aside from film, his other interests include photography, cross-stitching, and making coffee.