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News about long time juror John DeSando

Here’s a press release about long time CIF+VF juror (and former Board Member) John DeSando:

Columbus Film Critics Win National Honors

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – April 22, 2010 – At the Los Angeles Press Club’s third annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards ceremony on Thursday evening, John DeSando and Kristin Dreyer Kramer, co-hosts of WCBE 90.5 FM weekly film review shows, It’s Movie Time and On the Marquee, were recognized for excellence in radio film criticism.

The pair’s hour-long 2009 year in review special received the award for the year’s best radio feature, topping entries from California stations KCRW and KUSC.  In commenting on the show, the LA Press Club judges said, “Sometimes film critics far from the two coasts are said to be too distant from Hollywood and too quick to praise mediocre films to create a quotable blurb. Here, John DeSando and Kristin Dreyer Kramer rip into the 2009 film season with relish, comparing the poor crop to a frigid winter. They find 2009 to be a ‘Movie dead zone’ filled with ‘lethargic adventures,’ ‘deadly dull’ features and ‘mind-numbing dramas.’ By the end of this deliciously rude hour-long romp, in which they also praise their favorite films and the best unknown films of 2009, you’re cheering them.”

DeSando and Kramer were also awarded 3rd place honorable mention for radio critic of the year, behind KCRW’s Pulitzer winner Joe Morgenstern and Matt Holzman.

It’s Movie Time features reviews of some of the week’s new theatrical releases.  It airs on WCBE every Friday at 3:01 and 8:01 pm and has recently been made available for syndication through Public Radio Exchange at PRX.org.  On the Marquee, an overview of the week’s theatrical and video releases, airs on Sunday mornings at 9:01.  Both shows also stream on-demand at WCBE.org.

In addition to hosting the shows, DeSando, an adjunct professor at Franklin University, and Kramer, editor-in-chief of NightsAndWeekends.com, share writing and producing responsibilities.

The National Entertainment Journalism Awards were founded in 2008 and recognize the finest work from US-based entertainment reporters and editors, and theater, film, and television critics in all media–print, radio, TV, and online.  For a complete list of winners, visit LAPressClub.org.

WCBE 90.5 FM, a broadcast service of Columbus Public Schools, has been serving the Central Ohio community with a mix of local and national news and information programming, balanced by an eclectic focus on diverse music programming produced locally, regionally, and nationally.


Jury Duty, film style

Before we start posting news about upcoming screenings, rallies, parties, and drag shows (no joke), I wanted to give a quick report on another amazing juror meeting I was at the other night.  A few of us met over pie to hash out the winners of one of the Festival’s hotter film divisions.  I won’t be giving too much away to say that we got a lot of films about Iraq this year.  And talking about a heated documentary subject while also weighing all of the cinematic merits of various films is some of the most fun a film lover can have.  (I made sure to hide the knives, first.)

The group was diverse, the film subjects varied (beyond the war, of course), and there were plenty of disagreements.  But by the end we scraped out a consensus. Everyone seemed pretty happy, and we were all excited about giving some recognition to an independently made film that was mindblowingly realistic. 

Every winter we add new jurors to the Festival, and I highly recommend the experience.  The Festival has always been closely tied to the Columbus community, and the juror pool is no different: jurors come from the area and are experts at one relevant thing or another.  If you think you might be up for it, make a mental note and keep in touch!