Saturday, February 25, 2006

NY Film Critics Website

Hey Everyone,

I was doing some research for a blog entry and I found the website for the New York Film Critics Circle, "an organization of film reviewers from New York- based publications." After looking through it for a bit, I saw a bunch of names that I recognize from various reviews of art/indie & other movies: Dennis Lim (Village Voice), Leah Rozen (People Magazine), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), etc. I bet every major metropolitan area of the US has such an association of film critics, and maybe they have websites too. When planning screenings & the accompanying press screenings that should precede theatrical engagements (specially long, 3 days - 1 week + engagements), websites such as the one mentioned above may help in figuring out who needs to be invited to the press screenings. I think for most of us here, filmmakers who make low budget/no star art/indie/personal movies (and some of us who distribute such movies), most film critics are probably on our side (as long as we have a good film :). Anyway, there's the link & the idea. Enjoy.

Sujewa
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3 comments:

David Lowery said...

Up until this year, I was part of the Dallas Film Critic's Association (same sorta thing as the NY Circle, except in Dallas), and while I don't know what the story is with NYC critics, I'd suggest sending screeners to them, rather than setting up a screening; the chance of them watching it at home is higher than showing up for a screening that isn't set up by one of the regular local publicists. It'd probably be cost-saving, as well.

Also, I've also found that getting alt-weeklies to cover my own screenings and such is really easy, but they almost never actually review the film - they just hype up the screening and make it sound interesting.

Sujewa [Blog Admin] said...

Thanks for the info. David L. In my limited experience, w/ showing a feature for a week here in DC in '99, several local critics wanted to come to a press screening, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately :) the film was not ready in time for it (this was in the bad old days of 16 MM prints). I'd say, for a feature, if it's gonna run for more then a week @ a venue, set up a press screening, work w/ the theater - I am sure they'll want to help you.

Other then that, why did you leave the Dallas FCA David? Are you going to join them again in the future? I think you may have made a post re: this in your blog once, point me to the entry. Thanks.

Sujewa
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David Lowery said...

I just don't write enough reviews anymore, is all. You have to fill a certain quota to be a member.