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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.

Arizona Filmmaker Showcase May: Film festival rewind

The May Arizona Filmmaker Showcase presented three films that had previously screened at the Phoenix Film Festival in April, along with two other films that were screened only the night before at the Short Shorts with Short Leash outdoor film festival. The Amazing Mortimer – Directed by Phil Wilson Old ventriloquist Mortimer (Greg Joseph) entertains an audience [...]

By |July 16th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

2017 Phoenix Film Festival – Arizona Shorts A

Disciple - Directed by: Bob Reynolds A boy gets his soccer ball stolen by bullies, and his abusive dad is having none of it. He takes the tyke out back and using a baseball bat on a tree, demonstrates how to effectively beat the crap out of a bully to get his stuff back. With [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘IMperfect’ – Peering through the microscope of life with visceral scrutiny

Local filmmaker Ryan Thomas Andersen has completed his long anticipated feature ‘IMperfect’ and premiered his film to a sold out audience at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival. If you’re not familiar with Andersen’s story, he is the filmmaker who won the 2014 ‘Crash The Super Bowl’ commercial competition with his ‘Time Machine’ entry. After writing [...]

By |April 15th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

2017 Phoenix Film Festival Live Action Shorts Program A

The Phoenix Film Festival is still underway, but before too much time passes, here are some of the films I've seen over the past weekend. My schedule was jam-packed with short films from all over the world as well as two programs of Arizona made indies. The short films presented this year look very promising, [...]

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

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