Tom Swanner spent eight years in Los Angeles chasing his dream to be a working actor. He was in a number of commercials and small roles before he moved back to his hometown of Sacramento. He then began working on the distribution side of the film industry and started reviewing as a hobby in a local club newsletter.
Spotting Swanner’s talent, a gay newspaper recruited him as a DVD reviewer. When the publication folded, Swanner turned to writing plays and penned six plays that have received numerous award nominations and critical success. He went on to serve as Artistic Director and board president with Lambda Players Theatre for several years.
In 2004 a new LGBT newspaper, Q-Ragg, approached Swanner with the idea of doing film reviews. However the publisher felt Swanner needed a partner in crime. Enter Brian Judd.
Swanner and Judd have worked for 10 years, “because some publisher thought I hated everything and needed someone to balance me,” says Swanner. Since the teaming, Swanner feels he has proven over and again that he is the “nice” reviewer while Judd, “bitterly proves that he wouldn’t know a good movie if it crawled out of his butt.”
Swanner lives in Sacramento, CA with his 29-year-old husband Sean and their grossly obese daughter (read dog) “Honey”.
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hi tom, tried to use the email link but got an error 404. How have you been? Do you remember a steve gray from the late 70’s and early 80’s? I used to work with you and briefly lived with you and desus, patty, and Mike. If you would like to talk sometime to an old friend, please give me a holler. Steve