Devin Faraci Puts LAFCA in an Unfamiliar Spot

Film critics group may be forced to take action against an embattled member.

Among those who make up the current executive committee of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) is Amy Nicholson, MTV’s chief film critic. In the wake of fellow group member Devin Faraci’s exchange on Twitter with a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her in 2004, Faraci resigned his editor in chief position from the website Birth.Movies.Death and subsequently agreed to part ways professionally with Nicholson. The pair’s popular Earwolf podcast, Canon, has been put on indefinite hiatus.

Nicholson, together with Claudia Puig, Justin Chang and Tim Grierson, would be responsible for any vote regarding possible LAFCA action against Faraci. For example, a temporary suspension from the organization and Faraci not casting votes for LACFA’s 2016 awards. (A few years ago, Faraci championed Patricia Arquette as a lead actress rather than supporting for her role in Boyhood.)

On Twitter, some are calling for IDW Publishing to withdraw from their catalog Faraci’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1952 novel The Killer Inside Me. Instead, the publisher appears to have added links to Volumes 4 and 5, slated for November and December release, since we first looked at the page.

Matters such as Faraci’s membership status with a trade organization and connection to a graphic novel series are obviously a relative minor concern. Much more important are his process of atonement and recovery, the well-being of his accuser and so on.

Meanwhile, an op-ed piece about Faraci posted Wednesday by Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone has inflamed the public discussion, with some taking issue with her arguments in favor of compassion. Nevertheless, her article is more deliberately constructed than a lot of what is flying around Twitter in connection with Faraci.

Photo of Faraci via: Twitter

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.