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in Filmmaking
on Mar 29, 2009

At GreenCine Aaron Hillis spies a freelance opportunity for some kind of film critic and relays this ad on Craigslist:


We just finished a film and need to buy a one sentence quote from someone who calls himself a film critic. Thanks.

Hillis writes:

Now, in my relatively brief tenure as a full-time journalist, I’ve had my share of unprofessional favors asked of me, including one that permanently estranged a years-long camaraderie because I refused to watch a friend-of-a-friend’s movie with the explicit purpose of giving a pullquote for their forthcoming DVD. Yet while I laugh at the above posting because it was clearly instigated by a filmmaker who doesn’t understand the professional position of a critic, I half-worry that an unscrupulous somebody might just take that person up on the offer. On the other hand, perhaps it’s a positive sign for critics, that our opinions still hold a monetary value.

And re that Craigslist post, please not that it is NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests!

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