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The Critics: Stories from the Inside Pages

Year: 2007, 75 mins
Code: DDP-Crit

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What is the point of criticism? What separates a movie review from a piece of film criticism? How are television reviews like book reviews? In this educational documentary, 21 renowned music critics, television critics, film critics and books critics share the secrets of their craft. Interspersed with their stories are media clips to illustrate their ideas.

The film depicts how the best popular criticism uses the same skills of critical thinking employed by academicians. Critics in the film write for major news organizations. Three of them are recipients of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

The DVD can be viewed in one sitting or various chapters can be used as part of teaching modules.

Narrated and produced by Dwight DeWerth-Pallmeyer, Associate Professor at Widener University, Chester, PA., U.S.A

Dwight Pallmeyer is a documentary producer, director, writer, actor, voiceover artist, and
audio/video editor. Cellular Aftershocks (2020) is the second documentary, he has written,
produced, directed and narrated. This film examines how smartphone technology and a growing dependency on it, is leading to a variety of problems including: fragmented interpersonal relationships, depression, feelings of isolation, and loss of self-authenticity. It also poses growing safety concerns and provides a variety of solutions.
Pallmeyer wrote and produced his first feature-length documentary, The Critics: Stories
from the Inside Pages (2007).  In 2016-17, DeWerth-Pallmeyer has also acted in a number of dramatic shorts. Pallmeyer was a radio news director in Wyoming and in Illinois. He contributed numerous reports to National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and Monitor Radio.
In addition to his work as a broadcaster, actor, voiceover artist, and audio and film
producer, Pallmeyer taught Communication Studies at four universities from California to
upstate New York for over three decades. He chaired the Communication Studies program
at Widener University for 14 years. He served as the faculty advisor to radio stations at all
four universities.
Pallmeyer is a frequent contributor in media interviews for articles in a variety of
publications including:,,, the Christian Science
Monitor,,,, among others.
Pallmeyer currently lives in Woodlyn, Pa and is the owner of DDP-Productions-LLC. He has
two children, Rachel, an artist in Chicago, and Noah, a public relations associate in San
Pallmeyer is the author of the book, The Audience In the News (Routledge Communication
Series) and of numerous book chapters, academic and popular articles.
Pallmeyer earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

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