RIP PFCS Founding Member, Roger Tennis
The Phoenix Film Critics Society is deeply saddened at the passing on of its co-founder, Roger Tennis, at the age of 73. Despite his mild, modest manner, Roger had a remarkably distinguished career. A native of New York state, he worked as cameraman on The Ed Sullivan Show at the beginning of his career, and later for public television for many years, editing such shows as “The Best of ‘Are You Being Served?'” and the Beatles documentary “Eight Arms to Hold You.”
Roger later created, produced and wrote the long-running nationally syndicated review series CLIPS. In addition to PFCS, Roger was a longtime voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the group behind the Critic’s Choice Awards.
Aside from his career bona fides, Roger was one of the more knowledgeable film buffs around, and one of the sweetest guys. In a field not always known for professional generosity, he wanted all critics to do well, and he relished the company and camaraderie of the screening as much as any critic ever has. RIP good friend; our heart goes out to your wife Janet, and all your family and many friends.