Mr. Nick Nicholson
and President of
The Houston Film Critics Society
( www.HoustonFilmCritics.org )
In our August issue of C-47 Houston magazine we spoke with
Nick Nicholson the president of the Houston Film Critics Society. In
our conversation he mentions one of the reasons, and an important
reason, why Houston is being passed over as a major contributor in
the film industry when it comes to our voice in determining the
films that are screened, the power that we have and the way the
California film community views our city. Below is what Mr.
I spoke with a vice-president
of public relations at a major studio and was told, in
explicit detail, that if Houston wants to get on the map, as
far as movies go, the city has to get more critics on television.
Well, I think that is a valid point. But here is the catch-22 that I
have come across with our local television stations here in Houston.
Yes! we want to get legitimate film critiques on Television but we
can't get the Television studios to even give us the time we need or
the time of day. We have members that are more than willing to do
this job, and I myself, have been on one of the networks here in
Houston, and I volunteered my services every week for free and they
wouldn’t jump on the chance. The studios say Houston needs more
film critics on television, but the studios don’t want to give us
the time. To top it off and what is hurting us is that our area
public relations people are saying things are fine because they tend
to lump everyone and their dog as a film critic, and those people
who are talking about films on our local stations are not legitimate
film critics. They are more entertainment reporters, if that. Well,
of course, the studios see this and they say it is hurting us.
only way it can be fixed is if our local PR firms’ start saying
these people currently on television talking about film products are
not film critics and what the station needs are to have film
critics, from a sanctioned Film Critics Society, in front of a
camera. We have member that are willing to do it for free and
they are not being given the opportunity.
We at C-47 Houston
magazine find it clear what we need to do. Let's get with the
program and start making our local economy stronger by doing the