Who Are we?
A lifelong film lover, Dan Hudak has worked extensively as a film critic in print, radio and television. He has provided film reviews and commentary for WPLG-TV (ABC) Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, ESPN 760 AM West Palm Beach, The Sid Rosenberg Show, WFTL 850 AM South Florida, WLRN FM (NPR) South Florida, and WPSL 1590 AM in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Online and in print he has contributed to ABCNews.com, the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com, indieWIRE.com, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Newsday, Orlando Sentinel, San Francisco Examiner and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Dan’s film reviews are syndicated throughout the country, including Florida Weekly, Folio Weekly and Orlando Weekly in his home state of Florida. He is the owner of Hudak On Hollywood, Inc. His popular “Hudak On Hollywood” presentations are given throughout Florida, and on occasion you can convince him to host a screening and lead a Q&A afterward. He is the former chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. He studied Film History and Criticism at Bard College and the University of Miami, where he received his M.A. in Film Studies. To give Dan a piece of your mind, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blu-Ray columnist Andrew Hudak (Dan’s older, and most would say wiser, brother) is also a lifelong lover of cinema. His interests include films new and old, foreign and domestic, independent and mainstream. An admirer of the classics, such as “Citizen Kane,” “Gone with the Wind” and “The Godfather,” Andrew also has a special admiration for films that many critics find less notable, like “Ghostbusters,” “Fight Club” and “American Psycho.” He dislikes people who talk during movies, directors who don’t realize that that too much action is just as bad as too little, and pointless 3D. Andrew also longs for the days when action scenes were blocked and shot with a sense of flow, rather than haphazardly caught with a handheld camera and edited into split second fragments.
Andrew received a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. In addition to writing for Hudak on Hollywood, Andrew has also been published in Folio Weekly in Jacksonville, FL.
Shelly Kaufman was always a Floridian at heart even though he spent his first 53 years as a New Yorker from Long Island. As early as the age of 6, he pored over the TV Guide, making sure he never missed a movie he hadn’t seen, and impressed his family with his knowledge of film stars, credits, trivia, etc. He eventually grew up and earned a degree in communications, theater and cinema from Queens College.
In 2004, Shelly moved to Southwest Florida, and began teaching film appreciation at the Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University. His passion was soon apparent through his lectures on directors, foreign and classic films given at FGCU, retirement communities, and Hodges University. He takes great pleasure in introducing little known, or under appreciated films (“Memento,” “Odd Man Out,” “Barry Lyndon”…and especially the greatest film ever made – “The Third Man”). When not playing the Silver Screen edition of Trivial Pursuit, Shelly serves as the President of the Southwest Florida Film Society.
Shelly provides Hudak On Hollywood presentations in the Naples/Ft. Myers area.
Born in Washington, D.C., Hap Erstein went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in dreary Troy, New York, where he narrowly escaped becoming an engineer. In 1994, he and his wife moved to West Palm Beach, where he assumed the position of theater critic at The Palm Beach Post and soon after added the job of film critic. He held these positions for 15 years, until retiring from the paper in 2008. Hap now writes for Palm Beach ArtsPaper, an online and hard copy arts magazine. He has taught theater appreciation courses at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society and been a longtime member of the Carbonell Awards panel recognizing theater excellence in South Florida. Each weekend, he can be heard on WJNO Radio talking about the latest film releases. During his career Hap has interviewed such show business legends as Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, George Burns, Stephen Sondheim and Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. When not working, he can usually be found playing tennis or backgammon.
Hap provides Hudak On Hollywood presentations in the West Palm Beach area.
A Floridian since the ‘50s, Bob Ross is a graduate of Ocala High School and Eckerd College, where he wrote for the campus paper and discovered the joy of inflicting his opinions on others. After working as a proofreader, rock music critic and bureau reporter — and a stint managing Tampa’s first video rental store — Bob joined the Tampa Tribune as film critic in 1985. The job lasted 22 years, until it vanished along with much of the daily newspaper industry. Since retiring in 2008, Bob has remained active as a reviewer and contributor on WMNF radio and WTVT-TV Fox 13 in Tampa. A founding member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, Bob is known for his vast trivia knowledge and terrible puns.
Bob provides Hudak On Hollywood presentations in the Tampa area.
Frank Eberling made his first film in Florida 57 years ago. Since then he has made over 3,500 film and television programs, including over 100 documentaries for Florida PBS, as writer, producer, director, cinematographer. He wrote and directed two micro-budget feature films, including one with Burt Reynolds. He also served as a college instructor for twenty-six years, and taught alongside Burt Reynolds for ten years at the Burt Reynolds’ Institute for Film & Theatre. Along the way he has won numerous awards, including a CINE/Golden Eagle, and an EMMY®, and was the first winner of The Florida Governor’s Screenwriting Competition in 1985.
Frank provides Hudak On Hollywood presentations in central Florida.
Pavel Klein, a self-professed film geek of epic proportions, chose to back up his filmic obsessions with some official accreditation; to that end, he studied at the University of Miami where he received a Bachelors of Science in Film Production, and, enjoying the campus life, continued his studies to receive a Master of Arts in Film Theory.
He is a fan of entertainments both high-brow and low, likely to expound on the brilliance of golden-era Hollywood while watching his well-worn VHS (!) copy of “Hard Boiled.” His writing can be found on this site, his blog: writepavelwrite.com, and on any available public space where he is sure to be found spray painting “Flynn Lives” in his spare time.