AWFJ Welcomes New Members for 2023 – Jennifer Merin reports

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted and honored to welcome eight outstanding female film journalists as new members, starting in January 2023. They are film critics, commentators and reporters who hail from across the U.S. Canada, and Australia, and they represent a wide range of media platforms, including popular and erudite publications, daily newspapers and other print journals, broadcast, podcast and online outlets. We invite you to follow them on where you can enjoy reading their diverse opinions about films and movie industry trends.

Congrats to those who are joining us in 2023. AWFJ accepts very few new members each year. We received many applications during the course of 2022. Sincerest apologies to the many highly qualified female film journalists whose applications we could not accommodate for 2023. We hope you will keep in touch with us and we encourage you to apply for membership again in the future.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the 2023 new members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists:

PEG ALOI, Boston
Peg Aloi is a currently a freelance film and TV critic based in Boston. She was a freelance film critic for the Boston Phoenix from 1997-2013. She’s taught film and media studies at Emerson College and SUNY New Paltz. She’s organized conferences, edited scholarly anthologies, and been a script consultant on feature films.
Emma Badame Aside from garnering for herself a one-time Jeopardy win, Toronto-based Emma Badame has parlayed her passion for film into a life-long career. Her work has been featured on, eTalk, The Mary Sue, Cineplex, CTV’s PopLife, The Canadian Press and more. She is also a programmer with the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival.
Nikki Fowler is an international print + digital publisher spanning decades. She is a writer, critic and host, as well as the founder of Glitter Magazine. She is also the President of Hollywood Critics Association, Executive Vice President of the International Press Academy and Satellite Awards and she is accredited by the Motion Pictures Association.
CERISE HOWARD. Melbourne. Australia
Cerise Howard is a New Zealand-born co-curator of the Melbourne Cinémathèque, the co-founding former Artistic Director (2013-18) of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia, a co-founder of tilde: Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival, a Studio Leader at RMIT University and a widely published film critic.
Susan Kamyab is a Dallas-based television and online film critic, producer, reporter, and writer. Since 2010 she’s been reviewing for Irving Television (ICTN) and online at
Serena Seghedoni is a film critic, a film studies graduate, and the Editor-in-Chief at Loud and Clear Reviews. She has written a dissertation on Joker and is currently interested in queer stories, films made by women, virtual reality, and the representation of mental health in film and TV.
Felipa Solis Felipa Solis has more than 30 years of broadcast experience, having worked at KTSM TV Newschannel Nine, the NBC affiliate in El Paso, Texas, as film critic and cultural reporter. Additionally, she is Executive Director of El Paso Pro-Musica. where she has worked for 10 years alongside Grammy Award winning cellist and Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, as well as world class musical artists.
NADINE WHITNEY, Melbourne, Australia
Nadine Whitney is a seasoned film critic and scholar. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Nadine contributes regularly to FILMINK, The Curb, and Mr Movies Film Blog. She holds a degree in cinema theory and cultural studies. Her specialty is surrealism in cinema. She is as passionate about cats as she is about film. She is co-chair of the Australian Film Critics Association and a member of FIPRESCI.

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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).