FlickDirect Correspondents and Critics

Our FlickDirect staff can frequently be seen at red carpet events, press junkets, expos, and more, to bring you latest entertainment coverage available. They are constantly hard at work reviewing films and chasing down interviews to bring you their take on the entertainment industry and the products it creates.

and looks toward the future of film with anticipation and wonder.
FlickDirect, Allison Hazlett-Rose
Allison Skornick-Rose, Senior Correspondent
Mrs. Skornick-Rose is one of FlickDirect's lead correspondents and has conducted interviews with people such as Evangeline Lilly, Ray Nutt (CEO of Fathom Entertainment), Bryan Cranston, Jamie Alexander, Kate Beckinsale, Gavin Hood, Kevin Conroy, Tyler Posey, Logan Lerman, Ken Jeong, Rebecca Romijn, Kelly Marie Tran, Michael Peña, Simon Helberg, and Zachary Levi.

Mrs. Skornick-Rose attended Hofstra University where she earned her bachelor's degree in communications and is Vice Chair of the Florida Film Critics Circle, a Rotten Tomatoes critic, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. She can be found in print, online, and on talk radio, WENG 107.5 FM.
FlickDirect, Judith Raymer
Judith Raymer, Senior Correspondent
It was the classic movies shown Saturdays after the morning cartoon lineup that piqued Judith's curiosity for film. That curiosity would give way to a lifetime of exploration and contribution to media productions of all sorts. After meandering through the worlds of fashion, public relations, advertising, film and television, she produced what would be the greatest passions of her life...Phoenix & Santiago. Six years later, the three would become engaged in daily reenactments primarily from the Marvel world of comic books, TV animations and film. These daily impromptu interpretations would help segue her back to the entertainment industry, and her dedication to "the Bohemian ideals of truth, beauty, freedom, and above all things...love."

FlickDirect, Austin  Putnam
Austin Putnam, Videojournalist
Austin’s love for film started in his early teens when he saw the first Lord of the Rings. Although it was A Clockwork Orange that made him want to become a film maker. His favorite films include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist, Empire Strikes Back and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He has directed 5 short films and is currently working on his 6th. Currently he is attending Palm Beach State College for a Film/TV Production degree. He’s generally up for any genre, but his main love is in the horror genre.

FlickDirect, Alyn  Darnay
Alyn Darnay, Critic
Alyn's peers and producers have consistently recognized his Directorial and Writing work as some of the "best of the best". He has earned thirty-three outstanding awards of excellence for his work in film. Recently, "Women In Film/Miami" named him their "Director of the Year" and The 2017 Boston International Film Festival awarded him the Best Director Award for his feature film "Boyfriend Killer". In July 2017 his film "Girlfriend Killer" took the best feature award at a film festival in Fort Lauderdale. In April 2018 his film "Killer Island" won Best Feature Film at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival.

Alyn has completed directorial work on the feature films: "Shadow Fighter" with Burt Reynolds (which won Best Feature Film at three festivals in Los Angeles); "KRISSY BELLE" featuring comic actress Carole Wood, and the multi-award winning Holocaust film "IMMUNITY" starring Rena Sofer. "Boyfriend Killer" his suspense feature starring Kate Mansi, Patrick Muldoon, Barbie Castro, and Yancy Butler is currently being aired on LIFETIME TELEVISION and LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK; it marks the second film he's done with actress Barbie Castro, the first being "CONDUIT" which won awards at seventeen film festivals and garnered Barbie seven "Best Actress" awards.

Alyn's acclaimed book, entitled "The Script…A Breakthrough Guide to Scriptwriting", has sold over 16,500 copies nationwide, is currently being translated into several languages and has the honor of being included in The Library of France in Paris. He has written and sold five original film scripts and been published in Newspapers and National Magazines. In addition, he is a frequent guest lecturer at Film Festivals, Colleges, and Universities holds scriptwriting and acting seminars for professionals several times a year and has been a staff professor at both the Miami Film School, and the Florida Film Institute.

FlickDirect, Jill  Winans
Jill Winans, Correspondent
Jill’s earliest memories include the first movie she saw on the big screen, The Sound of Music.  She’s been a movie lover since.  At a young age, she remembers viewing the movie, They Call me Trinity at the town drive-in with her family.  In the small Virginia town where she grew up, the town movie theater was the place to be on a Friday night.

She co-hosted a half-hour news show called The Daily Update.  She wrote and co-produced several documentaries and PSAs on bullying and technology addiction.

Jill graduated from George Mason University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications-Journalism with a minor in Film and Media Studies. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Reporters Without Borders.

FlickDirect, Mariana  Medina
Mariana Medina, Correspondent
Mariana Medina started working as a producer in films, TV spots, documentaries and movies for television in 1989. She also worked as camera assistant and DP and directed short films and music videos. In 1998, her career moved from the non-mainstream to the entertainment industry, interviewing film actors, directors and producing content for movie releases from major studios. She started voicing her own entertainment news and TV segments circa 2000.

In the last couple of years she has been working in the voice over industry, giving life to different scripts from children’s’ stories and apps, narrations, web tutorials, eLearning, PSA to radio and TV commercials. She is currently an active VO talent with her voice present in the media in United States and Latin America and clients worldwide.

FlickDirect, Leonard  Buccellato
Leonard Buccellato, Critic
Leonard became obsessed with horror movies at the tender age of 7 when he first saw the movie Blacula (which quickly scared the Hell out of him). From there, all bets were off, from Grizzly and Jaws to The Thing and E.T, his love of movies took on a life of its own. His passion for movies is matched only by his love of writing and literature. He has written short stories as well as co-written and Co-Produced a web series on YouTube and is now working on a horror novel. He looks forward to resurrecting the bodies of Robert E Howard, H. P Lovecraft and Edgar. A. Poe in the hopes of playing Dungeons and Dragons with them.

FlickDirect, Joey R Mannon
Joey R Mannon, Critic
One of Joey’s first memories was watching Grease in the theater with his parents in 1978. He became obsessed with the story and the music, watching the film dozens of times before the age of 10. Films such as E.T., Poltergeist, Rocky and Caddyshack shaped his childhood. These days, Joey is a fan of slapstick comedies (Will Ferrell is a favorite) and underdog films (Rocky and Rudy still give him chills). The father of 4 children, he has several Pixar movies nearly memorized.

Joey is as much a fan of music and books as he is of film. He writes and produces music in his spare time, and is an avid reader. A graduate of Florida State University, Joey now resides in Denver, Colorado.

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