AWFJ Welcomes New Members for 2017

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists receives applications for membership throughout the year, and invites several applicants to join the organization at the beginning of each year. For 2017, we have invited eight exceptional, enthusiastic and dedicated film journalists to become AWFJ members. We Welcome them to the organization and look forward to collaborating with them on AWFJ projects that will advance the cause of gender parity and diversity on screen, behind the lens and in film media and journalism. To meet our new members, read on…

Margaret Barton-Fumo

    Based in New York, Margaret Barton-Fumo has contributed to Film Comment since 2006. Her monthly online column, “Deep Cuts,” focuses on the intersection of film and music. She has interviewed such directors, actors, and musicians as Brian De Palma, James Gray, Harry Dean Stanton, and Paul Williams, and has additionally contributed to Senses of Cinema and Stop Smiling. She is the editor of Paul Verhoeven: Interviews, published by the University Press of Mississippi.

Betsy Bozdech

    Betsy Bozdech is the Executive Editor of Common Sense, for which she also reviews films. Her film reviews and commentaries also appear on and

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

    Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is an Australian film critic who has written four books on cult cinema (the latest on Abel Ferrara’s Ms. 45, published by Columbia University Press). She is an editor of the film journal Senses of Cinema and a film critic on radio station Triple R in Melbourne with the Plato’s Cave programme. She is the winner the 2017 AFIRC (Australian Film Institute’s Research Collection) Research Fellowship, and winner of a 2016 Australian Film Critics Association writing award.

Tomris Laffley

    Tomris Laffly is a freelance film writer and film critic based in New York. She writes for and has contributed to outlets such as Film School Rejects, Film Journal International, Time Out New York, Indiewire, and Movie Mezzanine, among others, and covers various film festivals throughout the year including the New York Film Festival, Sundance and Telluride. She has a special interest in the awards season, frequents art houses in NYC and tweets from @TomiLaffly.

Stephanie Merry

    Stephanie Merry covers movies and pop culture for the Washington Post. A graduate of the poetry program at the University of Virginia, she received a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Gill Pringle

    Gill Pringle began her career as a news reporter on Britain’s famed Fleet Street, planning on changing the world, exposing injustice and covering war zones. Instead she became the editor of The Sun’s legendary Bizarre column and, later, The Mirror’s White Hot Club, travelling the world with Michael Jackson, U2 and Madonna. A growing passion for film prompted a move to Los Angeles 20 years ago where she interviews actors and filmmakers for leading broadsheet and magazine titles in the UK and Australia. Gill’s outlets include The Independent, the i, Sunday Times, Woman, S Express Magazine, Saga, and The Herald in the UK, and Filmink, Stack, The West Australian,, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Stellar, Total Girl, K-Zone, Primolife and Yours in Australia.

Jeanne Prisyazhnaya

    New York-based Jeanne Prisyazhnaya is a special contributing editor for Elle Russia, Harper’s Bazaar Russia, Interview Russia, Harper’s Bazaar Art Russia, GQ, and contributes to Russian newspapers including Kommersant, Telenedelya and Komsomolskaya pravda, as well as broaddcast Channel One and Pyatnica.

ReBecca Theodore-Vachon

    ReBecca Theodore-Vachon writes about film for ForbesNew York Times,, and other outlets. She is the Film/TV Editor at, runs her own blog and co-hosts Cinema in Noir podcast on BlogTalkRadio. You can find her on Twitter: @FilmFatale_NYC.
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