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About Bill Pierce

Bill has been covering independent film since 2010. A frequent guest at film festivals, Bill also judges several film competitions. Bill also provides a weekly radio segment "Piercing Reviews" on Independent Artists Radio hosted by Windy West.

Michael S. Rodriguez – The restless spirit of indie horror

Indie horror director Michael S. Rodriguez isn't looking for controversy, it just seems to find him on it's own. He isn't looking for easy ways to shock an audience, he's working really hard at it; presenting the scary stories and legends that adults shared as children, reminding everyone that the most basic things that scare [...]

By |March 26th, 2017|Independent Film, Interviews|0 Comments

‘Car Dogs’ – Arizona made feature film nips at the heels of Hollywood

The Arizona made feature ‘Car Dogs’ is finally hitting the theaters today. The film opens valley wide at select Harkins Theaters. Directed by ASU film instructor Adam Collis, ‘Car Dogs’ is the first-of-its-kind feature film created in conjunction with the ASU Film and Media Program. Car salesman Mark Chamberlain (Patrick J. Adams) has just been [...]

By |March 24th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Arizona Filmmaker Showcase January – Shady shaved innocence bleeds alone

The first Arizona Filmmaker Showcase of 2017 took place the last Sunday of January with five films screening at Filmbar Phoenix. If there was any underlying theme tying these films together it was too subtle for anyone to notice. Some films never die while others find new life at the Arizona Filmmaker Showcase. Be sure [...]

By |February 11th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘The Covenant’ – Lucifer springs internal in AZ indie horror

Director Robert Conway presented his latest horror film 'The Covenant' at a free screening on Saturday. Held at Sun Studios in Tempe, the screening provided an opportunity for cast, crew and the general public to view Conway's latest film before becoming available on VOD February 7. Leukemia suffering Elisabeth (Amelia Haberman) drowns in the bathtub and [...]

By |February 5th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

‘A Million Happy Nows’ – A thousand tears later

Daytime Emmy winning actress Lainey Allen (Crystal Chappell) is feeling the strain of maintaining her long running soap opera. Keeping up with her young co-stars cranks the frustration up a few degrees, and now she is finding it much more difficult to remember her lines. After 20 years as a daytime soap star, Lainey decides [...]

By |January 14th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

A Night of Misfit Films – Rejected reels take their last gasp at new film festival

A Night of Misfit Films presented an intentionally odd assortment of films selected by festival creator and host Dineta Williams-Trigg. The films consisted of the ignominious incarnations of several local and otherwise out of town filmmakers that had (according to the filmmakers) been rejected by every film festival they submitted them to; films so ponderous in [...]

By |December 30th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Arizona Filmmaker Showcase December – Wheels and heels, spirits and speculators

Remnants - David Ugarte Homicide detectives Fenter (Hugh McRae Jr.) and Chinaski (Terrance Roundtree) team up with no nonsense Medical Examiner Poe (Tonya Adamski) to investigate a grisly Phoenix homicide. There’s gore oozing everywhere and the responding rookie officer Hunt (Reavis Dorsey) is about as helpful as a roll of Quilted Northern in a septic [...]

By |December 25th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

ASU Fall 2016 Capstone Films – Kimchi queens and eight bit dreams

No year would be complete without an evening of ASU Capstone films. The 2016 ASU Fall Capstone showcase presented by the ASU Film and Media Program (FMP) provided some new and unique perspectives in the ASU student films and certainly a heavy emphasis on stylized filmmaking. Whereas before the Capstones seemed to be lightly interwoven [...]

By |December 11th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film festival rejects find a home at ‘A Night of Misfit Films’

They have heart, they have a story to tell. They have a message, they just want to entertain. These are the films that were completed with pride and greeted with rejection by every film festival they were submitted to; too controversial, too confusing or just not what they were looking for. For one night only, [...]

By |November 19th, 2016|Independent Film, News & Articles|0 Comments

‘Murderess’ – Puppets tell story of famous Phoenix murder

There are many bizarre crime stories that have taken place in Phoenix that are crying out to be made into a movie, and the tale of the notorious "Trunk Murderess" Winnie Ruth Judd certainly ranks way up there in the top 10 (Hinman kidnapping is number one in my book, sorry). 85 years ago this Sunday; [...]

By |October 10th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments