AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing January 29, 2010

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Friday, January 29

  • Edge of Darkness – Warner Bros., 117 mins.
  • Hidden – After Dark Films, 98 mins., limited
  • North Face – Music Box Films, 126 mins., limited NY, LA
  • Off and Running – First Run Features, 76 mins., limited – In this unusual coming of age documentary, filmmaker Nicole Opper follows Avery Klein-Cloud (credited as co-writer), the teenage African-American adoptive daughter of white lesbian parents. Avery‘s family, school, and competitive track routines are disrupted when she decides to find her birth mother.
  • Saint John of Las Vegas – IndieVest Pictures, limited NY, LA (wider February 12)
  • When in Rome – Touchstone Pictures – A romcom about how a young New York women (Kristen Bell) seeks romance in Rome.
  • Zombies of Mass Destruction – After Dark Pictures, 92 mins., limited
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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and About.com. She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, 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 then became 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. She is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).