News: AFCA Welcomes Their New Members

August 7, 2012

Austin, Texas — The Austin Film Critics Association is pleased to announce its selection of four new members to its 2012 roster:

Debbie Cerda joined Slackerwood in 2009 as a film critic, feature writer and photographer. She writes the monthly columns Ready, Set, Fund, about local crowdfunded films, and Film on Tap, about the intersection of movies and beer in Austin. Debbie is also the curator/project manager for the ShortCase film series at Austin Film Society.

Britt Hayes currently writes for ScreenCrush, where her contributions include news, reviews, and the weekly editorial column Reel Women, which focuses on women and gender issues in film and television. Her work has been featured on Badass Digest, Reel Vixen, Movies.com, Brutal As Hell, and several other online outlets.

Jonathan Hogberg began writing for DVDActive, a studio-recognized site dedicated to reviewing DVD and Blu-ray releases, in July 2011. In addition to reviewing DVDs and Blu-rays, he writes software reviews and has also covered SXSW Film Festival for DVDActive. He was born and raised in Austin and is currently pursuing a degree in computer science.

Matthew Odam has been writing about film and entertainment at the Austin American-Statesman since 2007. He began writing about film in 2005 as co-editor of Austinist.com. A native Austinite, Odam has been the movies reporter at the Statesman since 2010. He also serves as the newspaper’s restaurant critic, a position he has held since 2011.

Founded in 2005 by Cole Dabney and Bobby McCurdy, the AFCA has seen its membership grow to over 20 members with a diverse roster of professional film critics who regularly review movies for national television stations, daily newspapers, weekly alternatives, local radio, monthly magazines, and websites with international prominence. Each December, AFCA members vote on the year’s best in film, celebrating excellence on both sides of the camera.

The outlets AFCA members represent include Ain’t It Cool News, the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, Fandango, FEARNetFilm.com, Film School Rejects, the Hill Country News, Hollywood.com, Horror’s Not Dead, KOOP Radio, MSN Movies, Movies.com, Slackerwood, Smells Like Screen SpiritSpill.com, True View Reviews, Twitch, and YNN Austin.

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