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Poster for Conversations from the Center: Film Criticism in 2021

Conversations from the Center: Film Criticism in 2021

Coming on January 29

Run Time: 30 min.

A roundtable discussion of the challenges that exist in covering film during a pandemic and within the changing industry landscape.

Join the Conversation here

Moderated by Brandon Thomas — Local film critic and a Gateway Film Center Programming Committee member, Brandon has worked for the Columbus Metropolitan Library for over seven years.


Hope Madden —  Film Center Programming Committee Chair and owner of, currently writes for Columbus Underground

Paul Markoff — Member of the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA), film critic at WOCC-TV 3 and co-producer and co-host of “Now Playing”, a film review program devoted to critiquing current film releases

George Wolf — Assistant Production and Program Director and film critic for the Columbus Radio Group as well as film critic for Saga Communications radio, currently writes for Columbus Underground

Sundance Institute has partnered with independent cinema communities across North America to bring Sundance Film Festival 2021 to new audiences. This edition of the Festival features local programming events that are free to view globally. Sign up for an account at to access.

The Film Center, and Columbus, were chosen as one of the 2021 Sundance satellite locations. Our local programming — talks, events, artist meet-ups — will also be free to access through our website.

For in-person film screenings at the Center, a limited number of All-Access Passes and single tickets are on sale now.

 See the full SFF21 Columbus lineup
Ohio Arts Council
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Campus Partners
G&J Pepsi
WOSU Public Media
Crabbe, Brown & James LLP
Art Makes Columbus
Art for Life
Film Columbus
WCBE 90.5 FM
Gene & Sheila Smith
Tom Rieland
Donna & Larry James


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