So excited to announce that I’m a part of this:

New Film Critics Group, in Conjunction with the Phoenix Film Foundation, Releases Official Member Roster and Annual Activities

PHOENIX, AZ (September 13th, 2014) – Phoenix Film Foundation has launched the Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC), a new association with Arizona-based film writers and journalists dedicated to the progression and preservation of film.  ”A key element of our mission is to develop the artistic appreciation of film. We’ve been doing that through the foundation and the Phoenix Film Festival for many years,” said Phoenix Film Foundation Executive Director Jason Carney. “We’re very excited to add the element of film criticism to all of the great things we’re doing with film in Phoenix.”

Mike Massie, publisher of the movie website and founding president of the PCC, says the partnership will allow for greater collaboration both among critics and with the broader audience of filmmakers and movie fans in the Valley of the Sun. “I am very excited to be leading a new society of esteemed colleagues and professionals on a venture with the Phoenix Film Foundation.”

“The Phoenix Film Foundation’s far-reaching accomplishments in the film community, paired with outstanding staff and organizers, will help the art of film criticism achieve greater recognition and significance in Arizona,” Massie added.

Phoenix Critics Circle members include:

David Appleford,

Henry Cabot Beck, True West magazine

Colin Boyd, PCC vice president, Tucson Weekly

Michael Clawson, Terminal Volume

Michael Dixon, KSAZ-TV (Fox 10)

Eric Forthun, Cinematic Shadows

Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic

Brent Hankins,

Kevin Kittle,

Joel Massie,

Mike Massie, PCC president,

Bruce St. James, KTAR Radio

Monte Yazzie,

With awards season right around the corner, the PCC is hard at work seeing all of the contenders vying for consideration as the year’s best. The group’s inaugural film awards will be announced in December.

For more information about the Phoenix Critics Circle, visit

About the Phoenix Critics Circle

The Phoenix Critics Circle is established as an association for professional film critique and analysis. Administered by the non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, the Phoenix Critics Circle is committed to the progression and preservation of film and is composed of print, television, radio and internet film critics from Arizona.


Jason Carney                                                         

Phoenix Film Foundation                           

Executive Director                                

Written by Eric Forthun