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Russ Simmons

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I became a movie addict as a child attending flicks every Friday night at the old Rio Theatre in Bonner Springs, KS. In college, I studied theatre and film, and ultimately wound up performing at Robert Redford´s Sundance Summer Theatre in Utah. While there, I started attending film-related workshops at the Sundance Institute in Park City. This cemented my interest in the cinema. I started writing film reviews in 1990 for publications like THE PITCH, and eventually wound up at THE SUN and at eKC online at I joined Shawn Edwards on Fox 4´s SCREENING ROOM in April of 2005. I´m a member of the Broadcast Film Critic's Association. I also review film regularly for KKFI-FM and KCUR-FM. For 12 years, I wrote a weekly theatre column for THE SUN. I'm also an officer in the Kansas City Film Critics' Circle, the second oldest critics organization in the country.