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Gen Z Film Critics Keeps Movie Reviewing Alive

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 29, 2016) - The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), the premiere U.S. screening company, is thrilled to announce an exciting new project to help keep film criticism remain essential, relevant and vital. The latest partnership with The Gen Z Critics (GZC) Club brings young film critics together, giving them a platform to broadcast their opinions while helping them to connect with fellow critics. This winter, the club will be hosting its first annual contest for aspiring film critics. Upon submission of their application, all applicants will automatically become members. Five winners will be chosen, and, upon selection, will have their reviews published. The website,, serves as both a point of contact and archive for members.

"Betsy Kim approached us with her idea that skilled movie reviewers continue to be essential to be the accredited voices of record. Her passion to encourage a new generation of journalists to develop their credibility is an enormously exciting vision. We are delighted to be working with her team, which also includes Jami Ganz, another young superstar and budding film expert," says NYFCS Series Producer, Mark Ehrenkranz.

The team has created a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo HERE-so that it may cover expenses and grow with marketing and support. "Please help us with this dream of ours and unique opportunity to help young writers develop and earn immediate industry credibility," says Kim. "If this is successful, Gen Z Critics can be a trusted source by movie distributors to gain interest for their films with an extremely valuable age group," she added.

The NYFCS plans to utilize all current relationships along with their network of 65 independent theaters and industry resources to promote the success of GZC. Synergy includes live interaction with preeminent film critics and movie business professionals. Other opportunities will feature GZC members on-screen during national events as well as across all proprietary channels. On-line group chats and filmed sit-downs with notable journalists and other film professionals are also planned.

The NYFCS is partnered with the nation's leading independent cinemas to present live, in-theater events. The evenings are moderated by Peter Travers, Film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC's Popcorn. NYFCS offers screenings of movies before their theatrical release and presents big-screen HD broadcasts with the stars and filmmakers.

NYFCS® takes place exclusively in theaters and is never available on TV nor online. The events, including interviews and interactive audience involvement, are HD broadcasted to numerous markets so that everyone throughout the country can enjoy up close and personal moments with major movie stars, producers, writers and directors in the comfort of their own neighborhood theater. Each screening brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious NYC screenings to nationwide audiences.

About The Gen Z Critics Club:


Elizabeth "Betsy" Kim: A senior at the Winsor School in Boston, Kim is the head of her school film club, having spearheaded efforts to introduce a film studies course to the school curriculum. (The course has been approved by the academic council and will be taking place in the spring of 2017.) As co-concertmaster of the New England Conservatory's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Kim also enjoys playing chamber music. In December of 2016, Kim's 22-page paper on filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl will be published in The Concord Review. Her top films of 2016 were Zootopia and 45 Years, and her favorite film critics are Stephanie Zacharek and Richard Corliss.

Mark Ehrenkranz: Ehrenkranz is the producer of New York Film Critics Series, curating the Kinest Films available along with the guests for the ongoing seasons. Ehrenkranz has also served as the producer of Turbulent Souls-a full-length feature film based on the memoirs of Stephen J. Dubner, Creator/Marketing Director for VideoLine and Associate Supervising Director for Michael Nesmith's Prime Time NBC Series, Television Parts at the Pacific Arts Corporation. He has developed comedy videos for Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and Whoopi Goldberg, in addition to having collaborated with theatrical NYC comedians in comedy videos.

Jami Ganz: Ganz was the founding Editor-In-Chief of Binghamton University's Odyssey Online branch, a "social media platform committed to democratizing content creation while personalizing discovery." The magazine and media firm, which has accumulated a group of over 10,000 young writers, has been hailed as the "Most Exciting Company.. Seen Since BuzzFeed" by entrepreneur Michael Lazerow. While pursuing a BA in English at Binghamton, Ganz frequented the Dean's List and worked in multiple departments, such as Cinema, Admissions, and Geography. She is conversational in American Sign Language and German. Her favorite films of 2016 include 10 Cloverfield Lane, Captain America: Civil War, and Hell or High Water.


Ty Burr (Boston, MA): Burr has been a film critic for The Boston Globe since 2002. Burr is also the author of the critically-acclaimed cultural history book, Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame. He previously worked as a senior critic for Entertainment Weekly, where he covered film, music, theater, books, and the web. Burr also authored The Best Old Movies for Families and the e- book, The 50 Movie Starter Kit: What You Need to Know if You Want to Know What You're Talking About.

Ethan Gilsdorf (Providence, RI): Journalist, memoirist, essayist, critic, poet, teacher and nerd Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of the award-winning book Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks. Gilsdorf covers pop culture, film, literature, the arts, travel, media, and technology for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, and Wired. His commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and elsewhere. He reviews movies for The Boston Globe and Art New England, in addition to being a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. Follow Gilsdorf's adventures at or on Twitter: @ethanfreak.

Tom Meek (Cambridge, MA): Meek is a longtime contributor at The Boston Phoenix, Cambridge Day, the WBUR ARTery and The Charleston City Paper. He has also appeared regularly on TV (NECN) and radio. His byline can also be found at E!-Online, Cineaste, Film Threat, and Web Del-Sol. Tom likes a harmonious universe and rides his bike everywhere. You can follow him on Twitter: @TBMeek3.

Gary Wolf (Brookline, MA): Wolf is an award winning science fiction and fantasy writer. He created the concept of Toontown, bringing to life its beloved inhabitants: Roger Rabbit, Roger's va-va-voom mate, Jessica Rabbit, Baby Herman, and hard-boiled private eye, Eddie Valiant. Wolf's first Toontown novel, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? became a visual reality in Disney/Spielberg's blockbuster film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The film won four Academy Awards and grossed one billion dollars. Walt Disney Pictures has purchased film rights to his second Toontown novel, Who P- p-p-plugged Roger Rabbit? He recently published a third Toontown novel, Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?

For interviews and more information contact:
Mark Ehrenkranz

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