IFJA Members

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd is co-founder of TheFilmYap.com, and his work also appears in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Gainesville Sun, Ocala Star-Banner, The Current in Noblesville and his blog, Captain Critic. His work has also appeared in The Indianapolis Star, where he was a staff writer, movie critic and entertainment editor. Lloyd has been thinking and writing professionally about movies for nearly two decades, and has won numerous state and national journalism awards for his film criticism. He has a bachelor’s degree in cinema studies from New York University and a master’s from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

OUTLETS: TheFilmYap.com, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Gainesville Sun, Ocala Star-Banner, The Current in Noblesville (IN) and his own blog, CaptainCritic.com

Joe Shearer

A film geek at heart, Joe Shearer ‘s love of cinema began in the drive-ins of Ft. Bragg, N.C., in the early 1980s, then Indianapolis theaters in the mid-to-late 80s, cutting his teeth on films like A Nightmare on Elm StreetHellhole, and Chopping Mall,Brewster’s Millions, Red Sonja, and D.A.R.Y.L. and was cemented in 1989 at the age of 11 when he saw Tim Burton’sBatman on opening night, kicking off a weekend-long marathon of film where he and his dad watched a total of 15 movies between Friday evening and Monday evening.

Joe began reviewing movies for INtake Magazine in April 2004 and wrote weekly reviews tirelessly as the magazine shifted toIndy.com the Magazine, until November 2008.

In March 2009 Joe and Christopher Lloyd created The Film Yap, looking to create a permanent, high-quality movie review presence for Central Indiana.

An avid freelance writer, Joe has also written for MovieMaker MagazineTrap & FieldServoNorth, and College Bound Teen Magazine, maintained a parenting blog at Indy Parent Source and a parenting column for the weekly Current in Noblesville.

In the real world, Joe is a resident of Noblesville, Ind., is married and has three children, all of whom he has immersed in moviedom, to his glee and his wife’s eternal consternation.

OUTLETS: TheFilmYap.com

Lou Harry is the author of more than 25 books including Creative Block, Kid Culture, and The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures. He serves as Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal and has written for more than 50 publications including Variety and TheatreWeek. He is the recipient of a Creative Renewal Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, has won numerous Society of Professional Journalists Awards, and was selected to attend the 2011 NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theatre and Musical Theatre. He can be seen every Thursday on Fox59′s morning news and heard weekly on WIBC radio.

OUTLETS: Indianapolis Business Journal, Fox59 Morning News, WIBC-1070 FM Radio

Bob Bloom is the movie critic/Blu-ray-DVD reviewer for the Journal & Courier in Lafayette, Ind. Bob has been reviewing movies at the J&C since January 1993, and before that worked at newspapers in Springfield, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio. In Springfield, Bob also wrote movie reviews and, in Columbus, was basically the second-string, fill-in movie reviewer. Bob has been reviewing Blu-rays/DVDs at the J&C for about 5-6 years now.

Matthew Socey

Matt Socey is the host of WFYI’s Film Soceyology, on WFYI’s HD2 The Point and WFYI.org. In addition to hosting Film Soceyology, Matt serves as the host of WFYI’s Blues House Party and is a regular director of theatrical productions around Central Indiana. Matt is also regularly featured in Nuvo Newsweekly.

OUTLETS: WFYI, Nuvo Newsweekly

Ed Johnson-Ott

Ed Johnson-Ott writes, mostly about movies, for the Indianapolis paper NUVO Newsweekly. He is the proud father of Donald, a man with special needs who comes up with remarkably inventive ways to make sure they are met. Ed has spent most of his life working with mentally-challenged individuals. He also makes music on occasion. In the late ’70s he recorded a solo album titled “Potential Collector’s Item” which actually became one. He later started the rock group The Future and served as front man and lead vocalist. The Future released two albums, “Whose Movie Is This, Anyway?” and “Summer of ’82.”
After getting involved in skydiving, he moved to Las Vegas to become the operations manager of FlyAway, a sports facility that teaches patrons how to freefall indoors in a vertical wind tunnel.
Back in Indianapolis in the late ’80s, Ed became a part of the radio program “The Bob and Tom Show,” contributing comedy pieces and doing movie reviews weekly on the show. He was later made host of the station’s talk show, “Sunday Night Live,” becoming Indiana’s first openly gay radio broadcaster.

After being sidelined by a major car wreck in 1992, Ed devoted his time to writing and became the lead movie reviewer for NUVO Newsweekly in 1996. He later was named film editor for the paper and continues to contribute weekly essays.

OUTLETS: Nuvo Newsweekly

Richard Propes

Richard Propes is the founder/publisher of TheIndependentCritic.com, an Indianapolis-based film website with a focus on independent film. A freelance arts critic since his college days, Richard is also a nationally recognized child rights activist and popular inspirational speaker who has traveled over 3,000 miles by wheelchair on his annual “Tenderness Tour” events and has been recognized with the highest awards for community service in Indiana, Kentucky and from numerous non-profit organizations. Richard is the author of “Imaginary Crimes,” The Secret Heart” and has had four plays produced in Central Indiana. He also served as Executive Producer on “Give a Girl a Chance,” a 2009 benefit compilation featuring local and national music artists. Richard has a strong commitment to using film to improve people’s lives, and is in the organizational stages of putting together the “Heart n’ Sole Film Festival,” a film festival celebrating cause-oriented cinema. Richard is widowed and a lifelong resident of Central Indiana. In addition to his work with The Independent Critic, Richard is a licensed Church of the Brethren minister and serves as District Manager for Indiana’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services.

OUTLETS: The Independent Critic, Sandy On the Scene (Comcast On Demand),  FaithVillage, DisciplesNet,

Nick Rogers

An Illinois native and award-winner both for film criticism and feature writing, Nick Rogers has been writing about film for professional news outlets since he was 16.

Before moving to Indiana in 2008, Rogers reviewed films for The Journal Standard and The State Journal-Register (daily newspapers in Illinois). His work was nationally syndicated through Copley News Service and, later, GateHouse News Service, and his film reviews from that time are archived at Rotten Tomatoes.

Rogers currently reviews films for both The Film Yap and Suite101, and he recently completed a retrospective look at the 365 best, and 52 worst, films of 2000-2009.

OUTLETS: TheFilmYap.com, Suite101

Caine Gardner

Caine Gardner’s first memory was watching the opening crawl of Star Wars: A New Hopedisappear into the night sky at the Meadowbrook Drive-In on U.S. 36 when he was four-years old. From that moment, he was hooked.

In addition to the Holy Trilogy, Caine grew up enjoying the fruits of ’70s and ’80s cinema such as Jaws, Rain Man and The Deer Hunter. Guilty pleasures also occupied much of his time, including Howard the Duck, Creepshow and Mannequin (Kim Cattrall was so hot).

Caine became the film reviewer extraordinaire for the Greencastle Banner Graphic in April 2008. In addition to writing film reviews, he is also the Banner Graphic’s sports editor.

Trivia: Caine received and viewed a reel-to-reel version of the original Star Wars in his youth over 200 times. He watched the film in a large closet with no sound.

Caine lives in Greencastle, IN, is married, has two beautiful daughters, and a psycho Jack Russell Terrier named Padmé.

OUTLETS: Greencastle Banner Graphic, TheFilmYap.com

Eric Harris

Eric Harris is a reporter for the Perry County News with his responsibilities including covering the latest and greatest in movie reviews. Eric also contributes his annual Top 10 for the Southern Indiana newspaper.

OUTLETS: Perry County News

Are you actively working in Indiana as a film journalist for a print, broadcast or web-based media outlet? We’d love to consider you for membership. Visit our Membership Page, download the membership application and return it to Christopher Lloyd at cmlloyd@earthlink.net.

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