Founded by Kevin Kittle in late 2015, The Cinema Files is a place for film lovers (aka “cinephiles”) to gather and discuss all things movie and pop culture related.


Kevin Kittle – Executive Editor

Kevin first began writing freelance film critiques in 2010. He is currently a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle, a non profit organization created under the Phoenix Film Foundation.  His tastes range the full gamut, from art film experiences to low brow humor.  In addition to writing and photography, Kevin is a local filmmaker whose award winning short films have had public screenings in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

Jeff Mitchell – Film Critic

Jeff’s enthusiasm for movies began during his childhood as a way to “escape” small-town life for a couple hours at a time.   Although he does not live in a small town any longer, his love for movies has not wavered in the slightest.   Jeff began writing film reviews during his journalism school days and instantly became hooked with the work.  He currently pens for and, and as a devoted fan of the Phoenix Film Festival and a card-carrying member of the Phoenix Film Society, Jeff is excited to be part of the Phoenix Critics Circle.
On the rare occasions when Jeff is not watching (and talking about) movies, he spends time at the gym/yoga studio and volunteers at a no-kill animal shelter.  Some of his favorite movies are “Pulp Fiction”, “City of God”, “Waking Ned Devine”, and “The Secret in Their Eyes”.

Bill Pierce – Indie Film Critic

Bill Pierce is a film critic who specializes in covering Arizona-made independent film. Bill first began publishing his reviews in 2010 for Phoenix, providing a raw and honest perspective on locally made films. A regular guest at the Sedona International Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, Phoenix Comicon and several other film events throughout Arizona, Bill attends every screening he can, from backyard previews to red carpet premieres, so he can review all of the Arizona indie films that are currently being shown. Bill has been presenting “Forbidden Films,” a collection of his favorite short films at the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival since the festival’s inception. Bill holds a degree in Motion Picture/Television Production with a certificate in Film Analysis/Criticism from Scottsdale Community College. You can reach Bill at

Dan Silva – Staff Writer

Dan began writing on movies in 2012 when he created a personal film blog and eventually transitioned to writing for different websites, both film news and reviews. His love of film started with Star Wars and Jim Abrahams’ comedies (Hot Shots, Airplane) and he still loves the classics. His favorite directors are Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Matt Reeves, and Christopher Nolan. He doesn’t care for films by Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese, although he has immense respect for them. His favorite TV shows of all time are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the original Law & Order, and The West Wing. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughters, as well as playing video games (adventure games, mostly) and reading comic books (he prefers DC, but enjoys Marvel, too).

Lauren Pitts – Social Media Manager

Some of Lauren’s earliest memories involve movies; sitting in front of the TV as a child watching “The Secret of Nimh” or holding her mother’s hand as she walked into the local theater; the smell of buttery popcorn filling the air. These nostalgic feelings still fill her with joy each time she enters a theater. Today, Lauren has taken her love of film and combined it with social media in order to share the best in entertainment news by working with The Cinema Files and The Phoenix Film Festival. When Lauren isn’t immersed in various social media platforms, she loves watching tv shows such as “Supernatural”,”Game of Thrones”, “Parks and Recreation”, “The Walking Dead”, “Bob’s Burgers”, and films like “Tank Girl”, “What We Do In The Shadows”, “Amadeus” and “Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”.

Melissa Gutierrez – Writer

Melissa learned how to read when she was four when her sister wondered if she could teach Melissa to read. She was reading Stephen King in fifth grade until it was taken away by her teacher and after that, she was only allowed to take RL Stine books to school. She was that annoying student in the back of the class saying, “I’ve read this already.”

She is also that person in the back of the theater saying, “The book was so much better.” Or, alternately, “This isn’t what happened in the book.”

Melissa’s favorite genres are horror, historical fiction, and thriller/suspense. She is a freelance editor and a ghostwriter for brazen romance novels. When not reading or working, however rare that is, Melissa can be found formulating her newest cosplay costume with her son or binge watching horror movies, action movies, foreign language films or any of the DC/Marvel series on Netflix.