Peter Eramo over at Magic Lantern Film Blog has awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. This award is given from one blogger to other bloggers and contains a few other rules:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award
  2. Share 7 things about yourself (see below)
  3. Pass the award along to 15 who you think fantastic for whatever reasons! (if not 15, as many as you can)
  4. Contact the blogs you picked and let them know about the award.

Usually I am against chain letters/emails/texts similar to these, however this award helps provide a positive experience among bloggers and I feel obliged to thank Peter for nominating me, as well as passing the love along.

7 Things About Myself

  1. I work as a Search Engine Optimization consultant for a variety of websites as well as CinemaFunk (PR3, page one on Google for “film criticism”). Although I am very good at what I do, it is not what I love, which brings me to…
  2. Starting in Fall 2010, I will be moving to Savannah, GA to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design to pursue a Masters Degrees in Cinema Studies. I am looking forward the move as I have lived in Florida for nearly 20 years, it is time to move on.
  3. Requiem For A Dream is the film that changed my impression of what film can be. I was 16 at the time, and I was the only one in my high school who cared for film, which meant I had a shallow influence at this time of my life.
  4. I want to direct a biopic about Thelonius Monk starring Dave Chappelle. I know of no other actor who could bring the love and passion to the role of Monk. I’ve considered the titles “The Loneliest Monk”, “Monk”, and “Straight, No Chaser”. I consider this “pitch” copyrighted. Steal my idea, I’ll come after you. For realz.
  5. The moment I began to love film was early in the morning when I caught the end of Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Nick at Night. I was intrigued by Hitchcock and at the age of 12, I acquired nearly half of his collection on VHS. I still own many of these VHS cassettes.
  6. The moment I decided I wanted to be involved in the film industry was when I was visiting Florida State University with my older brother. I looked at the list of majors and saw ‘film’ listed. At that moment I realized that film was not just magic, but a profession. Have not turned back since.
  7. I finally saw Psycho on the big screen on that last night of the Florida Film Festival (read my reviews of Florida Film Festival. It was a great moment, as that film was meant for the big screen.

Paying It Forward

15 is way too many, I’d rather have smaller list of blogs that I think are absolutely deserving.

  • Movie Brain Rot – This Orlando-based podcast discusses movie news, comic book news, and reviews recent or classic cult films.
  • Goodspeed Blog – George Goodspeed’s blog features reviews on nearly any type of medium and anything he wishes.
  • Four Of Them – Simon runs a very opinionated blog that is a quick read. You may not agree with him, but his her contempt for most films is relatively hilarious at times.

Yeah, just three. I haven’t been following too many other bloggers than haven’t already received the award. I hope I brought some insights on who I am and websites that I follow.

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Aaron Weiss founded CinemaFunk in September 2009 after recieving his degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Central Florida. In 2012, he received his Master's in Cinema Studies from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He works full-time as a Senior Web Strategist at Tampa SEO Training Academy. When not doing either, Aaron is watching Indycar races, taking a hike, or riding his bike in Tampa, FL.