A tribute to the career and achievements of legendary casting director Marion Dougherty, and a fascinating insider’s look at behind-the-scenes Hollywood. Read more>>
Jennifer Merin interviews directors, reviews films and DVDs for New York Press, covers nonfiction film for Documentaries.About.com and is the Film Critic for Womens eNews. She edits Women On Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has written about entertainment for USA Today, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. Read Merin's recent articles below. For her complete archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).
Articles by Jennifer Merin
In this fascinatingly documentary, inventor Tim Jenison sets out to prove that the 17th century Dutch Master, deemed the greatest realist painter of all time, was secretly using an optical instrument to capture his photo-like images. It provides a uniquely original view of timeless masterpieces. Read more>>
Josh Oppenheimer’s obscene shock doc purports to uncover truths about the 1965-67 genocide in Indonesia, but winds up instead exploiting it in a bizarre series of reenactments staged by the actual perpetrators. Read more>>
Not your usual pre-holiday fare. Last Love is a touching drama, starring Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy in a winter-spring friendship. It opens Nov. 1, along with “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology” by filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, and other films of particular interest to women audiences. Read more>>.
THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS ANNOUNCES PRESENTATION OF EDA AWARDS AT WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2013
New York – The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Inc. (AWFJ) is pleased to announce the presentation of juried AWFJ EDA Awards at this year’s Whistler Film Festival, held from December 4 to 8, 2013 in Whistler, British Columbia. Read more>>
Captain Phillips delivers an in impression of authenticity that becomes authenticity itself. And, in doing so, it ‘documents’ an important event in recent history. At the same time, it is a thoroughly thrilling and widely appealing adventure film about piracy — not a fantasy in the Caribbean, but of real life off the coast of Somalia. Read more>>
Stories We Tell is an extraordinary autobiographical documentary in which the acclaimed Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley searches to find out the truth about her parentage, trying to discover whether the man she’s known as dad for her entire life is or is not her biological father. At the root of her quest are a tangled knot of rumors that she is actually the offspring of an illicit affair that her mother, an actress, had with an actor with whom she was working in a Canadian regional theater. Read more>>
In this beautiful and extraordinarily moving documentary, filmmakers Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon are extremely sensitive in their approach to the story of Neil Platt, an English blogger who was afflicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and generously shared his experiences with others so they could understand the slow devastation caused by the as yet incurable disease. Read more>>
Happy endings in documentary films are rare, but this story of empowerment is certainly one of them. In fact, it’s pure inspiration. Rafea is a very engaging leading lady, and her personal story provides the perfect foil for penetrating the issues of women’s rights in the Middle East, and leading in to the larger story of how the solar panel school in India, and other such projects, are liberating women social and economic repression and servitude around the world. Read more>>
During June, 2013, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, a nonprofit association of leading professional critics and feature writers who work in print, broadcast and online media in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, has presented four EDA Awards to women directors for their outstanding achievements in documentary filmmaking. Read more>>