AWFJ MEMBER NEWS News May, 2024 – Wendy Mitchell reports

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists brings together some of the world’s leading female film critics, writers and journalists, and we’re always amazed at the scope and breadth of our colleagues’ creative talents and achievements. Our Member News column spotlights these amazing women and their latest achievements in their professional and personal lives. Help us celebrate our members’ latest successes and milestones.

T.J. CALLAHAN has been hired as resident film critic for two new outlets: She’ll tell you how she sees it on Houston Radio Platinum every Friday at 8:15 am, 12:15 pm and 5:15 pm and on Saturday at 10:15 am, 2:15pm and 5:15 pm at You can also catch T.J. trading movie knowledge with her good friend, Leslie T. Travis on Friday afternoons at 4:45 pm on KVLC 101 Gold in Las Cruces. Southern New Mexico’s most-listened-to station.

SUSAN GRANGER is the subject of It’s A Hollywood Life, premiering at Connecticut’s Ridgefield Independent Film Festival on May 18. The 30-minute documentary covers Susan’s extraordinary childhood: Starting at age 4, she appeared in films starring celebrated actors (including two Oscar winners). At the age 12, she attended the Oscars when Born Yesterday, produced by her father S. Sylvan Simon, won Best Actress for Judy Holliday. She’s remained closely connected to Hollywood. The biodoc, directed by Laurie Valentina Gomez Acosta and Maya Weldon-Lagrimas, airs on CPTV (Connecticut’s PBS station) in November.
SHERIN NICOLE is one of the co-authors of The Keys: Twisted Tales from Auntie’s Attic, a set of mesmerizing stories from the hidden realms deep within Auntie’s Attic, where unimaginable adventures, dark secrets, and unexpected twists await. Her co-authors are David Disspain, Drew Bittner, and Leon Cooper. The short story collection is published by Miniver Press, which is run by fellow AWFJ member Nell Minow.
JAZZ TANCAY, Variety’s Senior Artisans Editor, has been named as one of Gold House’s 2024’s Most Impactful Asian Pacific Leaders. Their A100 honors the 100 most impactful Asian Pacific leaders in culture and society over the past year On social media, Jazz called the honor “truly humbling and tremendous.” See the full A100 here:
LYNN VENHAUS, St. Louis-based film and theatre journalist for 46 years, is one of 14 female contributors to the book, Ageless Glamour Girls: Reflections on Aging. Journalist Marqueeta Curtis-Haynes gathered women of ages 50s to 80s to share their stories to inspire, empower and uplift. Her chapter is titled You’re Not Alone: Dealing with Grief and Loss, and it’s her “personal journey after my son, brother and father-figure uncle died within five years.” The authors group has also hosted webinars and started a YouTube channel

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Wendy Mitchell

Wendy Mitchell is a journalist, moderator and film festival consultant. She is a contributing editor and Nordic correspondent at Screen International, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival: London, the UK and Nordic delegate for San Sebastian. She is also a regular moderator at Berlin’s EFM and Cannes Marche. Her books include Iceland on Screen and Citizen Canine: Dogs in the Movies and her podcast is Adventures in Producing.