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Thursday, September 21, 2017

New Atlanta-based Critics Association, The Atlanta Film Critics Circle, Established

For those of you who do not know, our EiC (yours truly) is a member of Georgia Film Critics Association, a group that annually votes on the best in film and performances therein each year and gives its own awards in respective categories. It's a tremendously fun and exciting process that I'm consistently delighted to take part in. As of yesterday, a number of its members local to the Atlanta area, members of the Southeast Film Critics Association, and other critics have joined together to form the Atlanta Film Critics Circle. This is a brand new, and very exciting critics organization representing the best in film criticism from the continually growing and thriving Atlanta metro area, and I'm so honored to be a part of such prestigious company. Please see the below press release announcing its formation:

For Immediate Release
September 20, 2017

                                       Launch of Atlanta Film Critics Circle

Co-founded by longtime Atlanta film critics Michael Clark and Felicia Feaster, the Atlanta Film Critics Circle is an attempt to fill a void in the local film community and in the representation of Atlanta’s media on the national stage. “With so much film production happening in Atlanta, the city has gained incredible prominence within the film industry” says Feaster. “We’d like to see our critical community, many of whom have been longtime voices in the media, receive their due recognition as well, and promote film art at every level.”
“We’d like to do our part to raise the profile of film criticism in particular in the city and nationally,” says Feaster.
Composed of a dynamic mix of Atlanta-based critics working in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, the newly launched Atlanta Film Critics Circle solidifies Atlanta’s status as a Top 10 film market with a robust media presence and a booming film production industry. Georgia is currently number 1 in feature film production over any other market according to FilmL.A. Inc.
The AFCC mission is to establish a national presence for a film critics group in Atlanta and do its part to foster a vibrant film culture in Atlanta.
Founding members (critics living in and/or currently writing for global, national, regional and/or Atlanta metro area outlets) of AFCC will vote in early December for the group’s annual awards including best picture, best animated feature, best documentary feature, best foreign film, best director, the four solo acting categories, best ensemble cast, best writing (original and adapted) and best cinematography.
Founding members (in alphabetical order) of AFCC are: Ed Adams (Kaleidoscope Reviews), Christopher Campbell (Movies.com), Michael Clark (The Gwinnett Daily Post), Jake Cole (Slant.com), Jim Farmer (Out on Film), Felicia Feaster (Burnaway, Creative Loafing, Travel Channel.com), Matt Goldberg (Collider.com), Jonathan Hickman (Newnan Times-Herald), Curt Holman (Creative Loafing, Living Intown Magazine), Will Leitch (New York Magazine, Paste Magazine, The New Republic), Michael McKinney (the CW), Steve Murray (ArtsATL), Kyle Pinion (Comicsbeat.com, GeekRex.com), Eleanor Ringel-Cater (The Atlanta Business Chronicle), Gil Robertston (Kaleidoscope Reviews), Matt Rodriguez (Shakefire.com), Elijah Sarkesian (Outtakes ATL), Josh Sewell (Times-Georgian, Douglas County Sentinel), Jeff Stafford (ArtsATL), Jim Vorel (Paste Magazine), Steve Warren (InSite), Drew Wheeler (Athens Flagpole).
For more information, please contact Michael Clark at clarkwriter58@gmail.com or Felicia Feaster at ffeaster@bellsouth.net
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