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.

The Voice That Was Louder Than Before – AZ director presents final film in experimental trilogy

Director Suzanne Steinberg has completed her latest feature film 'The Voice That Was Louder Than Before,' an experimental film shot in Scottsdale Arizona. According to Steinberg, this film completes a trilogy of dark, personal experimental films that began with 'The Sound of Running Water' (2013) and followed by 'Shattered Glass' (2014). Much like her previous [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:06:55-07:00September 5th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

2016 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival announces winning selections

The 2016 Phoenix Comicon has come and gone daddy gone, leaving only memories and a few nice prizes in the hands of some hardworking filmmakers. The categories for awarding prizes remain the same from previous years but the criteria for the winning selections continues to bemuse and befuddle. Last year found a bevy of gore [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:08:11-07:00June 19th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Top 5 Arizona-made short films at Phoenix Comicon 2016

The Phoenix Comicon film selections for 2016 offered a generous selection of locally made short films. Some of the films are screening for the very first time at Comicon, while a few have been around for a while. This years collection is a mixed bag of horror, suspense, sci-fi and comedy, with each film bringing [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:08:27-07:00May 25th, 2016|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Top 5 AZ indie short films from the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival

The 2016 Phoenix Film Festival is shaping up to be a very memorable experience with an interesting assortment of AZ made indies. This year offers up an impressive batch of films that explore a new direction in local indie; steering clear of long, oversaturated stories jammed with excessive character development and banausic scripting. This year’s [...]

‘A Christmas Truce’: Arizona director creates WWII movie for ION TV

'A Christmas Truce,' a made for television movie written and directed by former Arizona filmmaker Brian Skiba will premiere December 12th, 2015 at 9 pm (8 pm central) on ION TV Channel 51-1 in Phoenix. 'A Christmas Truce' follows the story of U.S. Army captain John Myers (Craig Olejnik) and his platoon of men during [...]

By |2017-04-02T08:11:16-07:00December 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

2015 IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge: Good things come to those who wait

The IFP Phoenix Breakout film Challenge took place last week, screening a total of 18 completed films, 4 of which were ineligible for awards. The prizes included 12 pre-paid film festival submissions for the 1st place film, 5 for the 2nd place film and 3 for the third. Reminiscent of the Beat The Clock challenge [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:10:41-07:00November 15th, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Actor Joe Ricciardi to present free screening of feature ‘Come Out Fighting’

After a rough year of production, the locally produced feature film “Come Out Fighting" written by and starring Joe Ricciardi and co-starring Michelle Palermo and Anthony Pavelich has been completed. The public is invited to attend a free screening of the film at 7 pm at the Tempe Pollack Theater. Originally titled 'Recession Road,' 'Come [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:10:41-07:00November 7th, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

2015 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival Awards: Winning films present diverse styles

The 2015 Phoenix Comicon is over and the cosplayers have all gone home. The color and vibrancy that energized the Phoenix Convention Center is no more and the building has returned to its ugly, smelly former state. I can say without hesitation that this has been the best Phoenix Comicon I have attended and I [...]

By |2017-03-19T15:26:34-07:00June 2nd, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Top 5 Arizona short films from Phoenix Comicon 2015

Before we dive into the films, let me clear up a little misunderstanding regarding last years must-see movies. Some of the films I suggested were really rough, and in pretty bad shape. Some moviegoers felt as though they had been deliberately led astray like hapless tourists on a Florida vacation, duped into a bargain basement [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:11:03-07:00May 19th, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

‘Voices From The Grave’: Local indie horror scares up supernatural delights

The locally made horror film “Voices From The Grave” premiered last Friday night at the Tempe Pollack Cinema. Despite the lateness of the screening (9:30 pm, w a y past my bedtime), the premiere was well attended and the theatre filled quickly. Directed by Richard Stoudt and Laurence C. Holloway, “Voices From The Grave” is [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:11:05-07:00April 19th, 2015|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments