AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing February 12, 2010

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Friday, February 12

  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers – First Run Features, 92 mins., limited – Judith Ehrlich co-wrote and co-directed this documentary about America’s most famous whistle blower and how his leaking of secret documents about the Vietnam War changed the course of history.
  • Valentine’s Day – New Line Cinema, 125 mins. – Katherine Fugate wrote the story and screenplay for this romantic comedy that follows various couples through the romantic exercise known as Valentine’s Day.
  • The Wolf Man – Universal Pictures, 125 mins.
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – 20th Century Fox, 119 mins.
  • A Prophet – Sony Pictures Classics, 155 mins., limited.
  • My Name Is Khan – Fox Searchlight, limited – Shibani Bathija wrote this drama about a man from Mumbai who’s Asperger’s Syndrome symptoms cause airport security guards to mistake his behavior as suspicious.
  • October Country – Wishbone Films, limited, NY
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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).