Joe Shearer — Biography


A film geek at heart, Joe Shearer ‘s love of cinema began in the drive-ins of Ft. Bragg, N.C., in the early 1980s, then Indianapolis theaters in the mid-to-late 80s, cutting his teeth on films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellhole, and Chopping Mall, Brewster’s Millions, Red Sonja, and D.A.R.Y.L. and was cemented in 1989 at the age of 11 when he saw Tim Burton’s Batman on opening night, kicking off a weekend-long marathon of film where he and his dad watched a total of 15 movies between Friday evening and Monday evening.

Joe began reviewing movies for INtake Magazine in April 2004 and wrote weekly reviews tirelessly as the magazine shifted to the Magazine, until November 2008.

In March 2009 Joe and Christopher Lloyd created The Film Yap, looking to create a permanent, high-quality movie review presence for Central Indiana.

An avid freelance writer, Joe has also written for MovieMaker Magazine, Trap & Field, Servo, North, and College Bound Teen Magazine, maintained a parenting blog at Indy Parent Source and a parenting column for the weekly Current in Noblesville.

In the real world, Joe is a resident of Noblesville, Ind., has three children, all of whom he has immersed in moviedom.

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