AWFJ’s Take on TIFF19 – An Index to AWFJ Members’ Coverage

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With the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ special focus on women’s representation in the industry and at highlighted industry events, we’re keen on presenting AWFJ members’ coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival 2019. We’re proud that 17 AWFJ members were credentialed by TIFF this year. And we’re particularly grateful to Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Loren King, Sarah Knight Adamson, Julide Tanriverdi, Brandy McDonnell and Lauren Bradshaw for their TIFF-related contributions to

Here’s a list of links to their reviews, interviews and reports:


REAL REEL WOMEN at TIFF19 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Women Horror Filmmakers at TIFF19 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

TIFF19 Best Movies – Julide Tanriverdi reports

Mati Diop Receives Mary Pickford Award at TIFF19 – Brandy McDonnell reports

Meryl Streep Honored at TIFF19 Inaugural Tribute Gala – Brandy McDonnell reports


Bacurau – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Blackbird – Review by Lauren Bradshaw

Human Capital – Review by Loren King

I Am Women< – Review by Lauren Bradshaw

Judy – Review by Loren King

Pain and Glory – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Parasite – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Portrait of A Lady on Fire – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Saint Maud – Review by Alexandra Heller Nicholas

Sorry We Missed You – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Zombi Child – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas


Ron Howard Talks Dads, Bryce Dallas and Women in Film – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

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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 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 a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).