This current roster of the distinguished members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is presented in alphabetical order, with convenient links to each member’s AWFJ archive.
To connect to an individual member’s AWFJ archive click on her name in red. You may also access her index of articles by typing her name in Search.
NORA LEE MANDEL
Nora Lee Mandel is a member of NYFCO and AWFJ. Her reviews are counted in Rotten Tomatoes “TomatoMeter,” and she recommends films at Mandel Maven’s Nest, applying the Bechdel-Wallace Test. She reviews films for Film-Forward and, covers women filmmakers for FF2 Media. Her reviews of films, books, television, and music also appear in Lilith magazine. She’s lectured on her Critical Guide to Jewish Women in Movies, TV and Pop Music to audiences in NY, NJ, and Philadelphia
LOIS ALTER MARK
Lois Alter Mark is an award-winning writer who reviews films on Midlife at the Oasis. A former contributing writer for Entertainment Weekly for more than a decade, she also reviewed films for NickJr.com for many years. She is a member of San Diego Film Critics Society and tweets from @loisaltermark. She writes about travel for USA Today and Forbes.
Cate Marquis is a film critic and historian based in the St. Louis, MO area. She reviews film for the St. Louis Jewish Light weekly newspaper, Playback: stl website, and other publications. Her father, artist Paul Marquis, introduced her to classic and silent films, as well as art and theater. She lectures on film history, particularly the silent film era, has served on the board of the Meramec Classic Film Festival and is a long-time collaborator with St. Louis International Film Festival, serving on various juries.
Karen Martin has an extensive background in reviewing, editing, and reporting on film, theater and other arts events for newspapers, magazines and websites. After a lengthy stint as MovieStyle editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, she’s now the editor and main writer for InArkansas.com (part of he Arkansas Business Publishing Group), covering movies and entertainment, among other lifestyle beats.
Maitland McDonagh, formerly TVGuide.com’s senior movies editor/reviewer, has her own site, Miss FlickChick.com, and freelances for Film Comment and Time Out NY. She’s written four books — Broken Mirrors Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, Filmmaking on the Fringe, The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time and Movie Lust — and contributed to others, including Film Out of Bounds, Fantasy Females, The Last Great American Picture Show and Exile Cinema.
Brandy McDonnell writes reviews and writes features for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. She started journalism in seventh grade, submitting stories to local weeklies through high school. She wrote for The Daily O’Collegian at Oklahoma State, earning a journalism degree with honors. She worked at Oklahoma dailies, joined The Oklahoman, moving to the entertainment desk in 2007. A founding member of Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, she writes AWFJ.org’s THE WEEK IN WOMEN.
Tara McNamara has carved out a niche as a movie journalist with expertise in family films, including serving as the Fandango’s Film Mom and a Common Sense Media movie critic. She led the recurring Reel Moms segment on Today, was Variety‘s news anchor on Sirius Radio and a regular contributor to The Insider, Entertainment Tonight, and Inside Edition. She currently runs 80sMovieGuide.com and co-hosts the ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents podcast.
Jennifer Merin, AWFJ President and AWFJ.org Editor-in-Chief, writes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog. She’s covered film for NY Press, About.com, Women’s eNews, USA Today, L.A. Times, Christian Science Monitor, US, Ms., Daily News, NY Post, SoHo News and others. A Tisch SOA grad, she acted Off-Broadway, in regional theaters and Tokyo, where she belonged to the famed Tenjo Sajiki company and acted in films. She taught at U of Wisconsin and URI, reported for ABC, NBC CBS Radio and Westwood One. She’s a member of CCA. Her syndicated culturally-oriented travel column began in 1984.
Nell Minow is assistant editor at rogerebert.com. She reviews each week’s releases on radio stations across the country and her reviews and interviews are also found at moviemom.com, thecredits.org, and medium.com. She is the author of several books, including The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies and 101 Must-See Movie Moments.
Wendy Mitchell is Editor of Screen International and ScreenDaily.com, the global film business publications headquartered in London. Mitchell previously worked as staff news editor for Entertainment Weekly in New York and as Managing Editor at indieWIRE. She has also written about the entertainment business for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Variety, Rolling Stone, the Dow Jones News Service, Time Out New York, Billboard, and the New York Daily News.
Katherine Monk, Vancouver-based movie journalist for Ex-Press.com, served as film critic for CanWest and for The Vancouver Sun. Her best-selling book, Weird Sex and Snowshoes: And Other Canadian Film Phenomena, was adapted to the screen in 2004. Monk contributes to CBC Radio and Global BC’s Early News. A member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, CCA, Writer’s Union of Canada and FIPRESCI, she’s lectured at Simon Fraser University, University of Alaska, McGill University and Capilano College.
Rebecca Murray is Editor in Chief at Showbiz Junkies.com, an online site covering films, TV, music and other entertainment-related news, reviews and recaps. Murray founded the comprehensive and well trafficked entertainment site after 13 years helming the Hollywood Movies channel for About.com, consistently one of that network’s top-rated sites. Murray is also an obsessed Corgi mom.
April Neale is an entertainment writer and television critic. Neale has read her work both on NPR and ‘Spoken Interludes’, and has previously written for various industry trades and entertainment websites. Neale has written for Monsters and Critics since 2003, and is an editor and main contributor to the TV, Film and Culture (formerly Lifestyle) sections.
Perri Nemiroff graduated from NYU to become the content producer of the movie review show Reel Talk. It was there that she began to recognize her love for film criticism and reporting. In addition to writing for Shockya.com, CinemaBlend.com, Cinematical.com and ComingSoon.net, she’s also pursuing an MFA in Columbia University’s Film program.
Nadia Neophytou is a South African journalist, from the same town as Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron. Based in NYC, she reports daily for Eyewitness News, a major South African news network, and freelances for the Mail and Guardian, Quartz, The Week, Glamour, GQ, Marie Claire, The Sunday Times and OkayAfrica. She covers Cannes, Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals, and has received the Nedbank Arts Journalist of the Year award. When not reporting entertainment news, she runs marathons.
Lynnette Nicholas graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in English Literature with an emphasis on Theater Studies and Africana Studies. Lynnette reviews films for Moms.com, Common Sense Media and other outlets. She has several years of experience as an educator, and works as a NYC-based freelance writer covering entertainment, culture, women, black women, faith and millennial parenting.
Sherin Nicole is the chief creative & chief marketing officer [read: agent provocateur] at idobi Network, where she is also the executive editor and writes film/television reviews. Her musings on film have appeared on The Blcklst.com and RogerEbert.com. Additionally, Sherin is a frequent contributor to several radio shows on which she gets nerdy about film and entertainment. This is includes Geek Girl Riot, the radio show she created and produces.
Sandra Olmsted has reviewed films and written about film since 1990, She runs a screenwriting contest and workshop and is on the boards of directors for several film and media organizations. Olmsted co-writes screenplays with Renee Riffle. She’s made several award-winning short films and works on documentary and narrative projects. She serves St. Louis International Film Festival juries. Olmsted, an adjunct, teaches film studies and film production at St. Louis area colleges and universities.
Janice Page is film editor for the Washington Post.
Kristen Page-Kirby is a freelance film journalist whose reviews and other writings can be found in the Washington Post, the Washington Post Express, the Washington Post Magazine and on AWFJ.org. Her column The Reelist, which used contemporary film to explore topics of race, gender and other social issues, ran in the Washington Post Express for nine years. She has also moderated panels on film and television at the Washington Jewish Film Festival, the Middleburg Festival, and Awesome Con.
Rebecca Pahle is a North Carolina-born, Brooklyn-based entertainment journalist with a particular fondness for science fiction, early film history, and female-directed film. She is the associate editor at Boxoffice, the premier trade magazine for the film exhibition market; other credits include Film Journal International, Syfy, Pajiba, and Vulture. You can reach her on Twitter @RebeccaPahle.
Betsy Pickle is a freelance film critic and journalist. She was Knoxville News Sentinel film critic from 1985 to 2008. A Knoxville native, she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in communications. In 1992, she co-founded the Southeastern Film Critics Association, and was its president from 2001-04. She was a member of the advisory council of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission and has juried at the Nashville Film Festival, Asheville Film Festival and Valleyfest Film Festival. Her reviews and features have appeared in newspapers nationwide.
Gill Pringle began her career as a news reporter on Britain’s famed Fleet Street. She was editor of The Sun’s legendary Bizarre column and The Mirror’s White Hot Club, travelling on tour with Michael Jackson, U2 and Madonna. She moved to LA 20 years ago and now interviews actors and filmmakers for UK and Australian publications, including The Independent, the i, Sunday Times, Woman, Express Magazine, Saga, and The Herald in the UK, and Filmink, Stack, The West Australian, news.com.au, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Stellar, Total Girl and others in Australia.
Jeanne Prisyazhnaya is the New York-based special contributing editor for Elle Russia, Harper’s Bazaar Russia, Interview Russia, Harper’s Bazaar Art Russia, GQ, and contributes to Russian newspapers including Kommersant, Telenedelya and Komsomolskaya pravda, as well as broaddcast Channel One and Pyatnica.
Carla Renata is Host and Creator of The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata at Black Hollywood Live. She is also a contributor to EUR WEB, FOX LA, NPR, SHADOW & ACT and is an approved Tomatometer critic on Rotten Tomatoes. In addition, her reviews and op eds can be found at Ebony.com, Ebert.com, Maltin on Movies and in Alicia Malone’s best-selling book The Female Gaze. She holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University.
Rania Richardson is the Communications Manager for a philanthropic nonprofit in New York, and a freelance writer specializing in film, culture, and business. She came of age in Cambridge, MA and began her career at Time Magazine. Her favorite film is Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” and her mission is to champion the best in world cinema.
Marina D. Richter is a Vienna-based freelance film critic who regularly contributes reviews, interviews and film industry news to Cineuropa. She’s also a prolific contributor to the daily Balkans newspaper ‘Politika’ and to the weekly ‘Vreme. Her texts are published in the Estonian cultural weekly SIRP, the Slovak film journal, Austria’s Artmagazine & Morgen and diverse Croatian outlets.
Sheila Roberts is a native Angeleno and alum of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where she graduated with Masters degrees in Producing and Cinema & Media Studies. Over the years, she has written about film and entertainment for Collider, MoviesOnline, Hollywood News Wire, MovieScope Magazine, and Cineplex Entertainment, among other outlets.
Diana Saenger, entertainment editor of the East County Gazette, also reviews film and theater for San Diego Suburban newspapers, her Saenger Syndicate sites www.reviewexpress.com and www.classicmovieguide.com and others. A 2008 “Woman of the Year” for CA’s 77th District, roving film historian and author of 3 books, she has interviewed more than 400 A-list celebrities and filmmakers.
Johanna Schneller specializes in entertainment features. She’s profiled Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Diane Keaton, Brad Pitt, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Robert Downey, Jr. and Nicole Kidman. Her cover stories have appeared in In Style, Premiere, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal and More. She was senior writer in GQ’s LA bureau from 1990-94. She writes the Fame Game column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, and hosts TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies. She lives in Toronto with her husband, the writer and broadcaster Ian Brown, and their two children.
Danielle Solzman writes for Solzy at the Movies, Bleeding Cool, FF2 and contributes to Film. When not writing about film, Solzman can be found using her free time to work on writing feature film screenplays or discussing film and such on social media.
Shelli Sonstein reviews films for Clear Channel online.
Moira Sullivan is a San Francisco-based film critic, scholar, lecturer, promoter and experimental filmmaker. She’s a member of FIPRESCI and has a PhD in cinema studies. A leading expert on filmmaker Maya Deren, Sullivan’s doctoral thesis and subsequent book were on Deren’s avantgarde ethnographic filmmaking. She’s lectured on Deren in universities and art schools in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and the US. She’s staff writer for Movie Magazine International, does weekly radio reports on film, and writes from agnesfilms.com named for Agnès Varda.
Julia Swift can be seen weekly reviewing movies on on FOX44/ABC22 and read on Rotten Tomatoes. After writing for network television and directing award winning shorts, she realized her favorite part of working in media was talking about film with people as obsessed as she is, and made the switch to reviewing. She is also an assistant professor at Champlain College in Vermont.
Jazz Tangcay grew up with a love for film. Her early recollections include Kramer V Kramer, The King and I and Sleeping Beauty. She started writing for So So Gay in the UK. When she moved to LA, Jazz wrote for Awards Daily, covering interviews, awards season and writing FYC pieces. Jazz recently joined Variety where she is Artisans Editor.
Julide Tanriverdi is a Turkish-German journalist residing in NYC, relocating from Berlin in 1996 to be NY correspondent for Axel Springer. She then became NY Bureau Chief for Gala, Germany’s popular entertainment weekly. She’s covered Berlinale, Sundance, Toronto Film Festival, Tribeca and NY Film Festivals. She freelances for leading international magazines: Germany’s Geek!, GQ, Glamour, Freundin, Austria’s Die Wienerin and Canada’s Cineplex . She’s a freelance broadcast producer, executive produced Cathryne Czubek’s documentary A Girl and A Gun, scripted the short film Hotel Terminus and is working on two feature films. She’s Vice President of AWFJ.
Erin Trahan edits The Independent, where she’s overseen publication of books on film distribution and spearheaded preservation of the Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers’ archive. She contributes to WBUR (Boston’s NPR station) and has written about movies for The Boston Globe, MovieMaker Magazine, NewEnglandFilm.com and other outlets. She’s served as panel moderator for The DocYard and at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Public Library, and film festivals, where she’s served on juries. She’s past president of Women in Film & Video/New England.
Lauren Veneziani is a film critic in the Washington, DC metro area and Baltimore, MD. Lauren’s reviews can currently be seen on WBAL-TV every Saturday morning. She has also been featured on Fox 5 WTTG’s Good Day DC, Sirius Patriot channel, WUSA 9, 98 Rock, WMAL Radio, 106.7 The Fan and Reelz Channel. Lauren is a voting member in both the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Lynn Venhaus is the St. Louis-based film critic for the Belleville News-Democrat.
Sarah Ward is a freelance film critic and writer. She is the Australian-based critic for Screen International, and writes for ArtsHub, Concrete Playground, Goethe-Institut Australien, SBS, SBS Movies and Flicks Australia. She has also contributed to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Junkee, FilmInk, Birth.Movies.Death, Lumina, Senses of Cinema, Metro Magazine, Screen Education and the World Film Locations book series.
Liz Whittemore is the author of AWFJ’s I SCREAM YOU SCREAM blog. She is Co-Managing Editor and writes for www.ReelNewsDaily.com, hosts the podcast Girls On Film and is a contributing writer for Cinemit.com and The ArtsWireWeekly. Now New York-based, she was born and raised in northern Connecticut. She’s a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, and has performed at Disneyland and famed Hartford Children’s Theater, and been a member of NYC’s Boomerang Theater, Connecticut’s Simsbury Summer Theater, Virginia’s Offstage Theatre, where she also directed. Her film credits include Suburban Skies and Surrender. In 2008, she shot Jabberwocky, a documentary now in post-production. Liz is still a children’s theatre director and choreographer. She’s working on an updated adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and a series of children’s books.
Sharronda Williams is the creator of www.payorwait.com and creator, host, and producer of YouTube Channel Pay or Wait. She’s an approved critic on rottentomatoes.com and co-hosts The B-Roll, a weekly podcast about film and television. She’s appeared on radio shows to discuss film and television and served on Rotten Tomatoes’ Your Opinion Sucks panels at film festivals. She’s a member of Critics Choice Association, African American Film Critics Association, Southeastern Film Critics Association, and Georgia Film Critics Association.
Lana Wilson-Combs has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Radio/Television but began her career as a sportswriter at the Oakland Post before becoming a movie critic and entertainment writer. She was an entertainment reporter and columnist for the Sacramento Union. She’s written for Scripps Howard News Service and UPI, and The Source Magazine and USA Weekend. She’s founder of N2Entertainment.net and on-air movie critic for KFBK Radio in Sacramento, where she resides.
Susan Wloszczyna is a Senior Editor at Gold Derby. In nearly 30 years at USA Today, she interviewed everyone from Vincent Price and Shirley Temple to Julia Roberts and Will Smith. Her specialties include animation, musicals, comedies and filmS starring Hayley Mills, Sandy Dennis or hobbits. Her crowning career achievements so far, besides having Terence Stamp place his bare feet in her lap during an interview for The Limey, is convincing the paper to send her to New Zealand twice for set visits, once for The Return of the King and the other for The Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong, and getting to be a zombie extra and interview George Romero in makeup on the set for Land of the Dead. Though not impressive enough for Pulitzer consideration, she also can be blamed for coining the moniker “Frat Pack,” often used to describe the comedy clique that includes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell. As a freelance film reporter and critic, she’s written forRogerEbert.com, MPAA’s The Credits, Washington Post, AARP, and Indiewire, A Buffalo native, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Canisius College and a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University
Jeanne Wolf covers film and entertainment for the Saturday Evening Post and Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood. She has served as West Coast Editor for PARADE and written ”Celebrity Parade,” a daily column on Parade.com. Recent cover stories for PARADE include Charlize Theron and Whoopie Goldberg. She appears on radio and television, reporting on annual surveys including What America Eats, What America Earns and Pop Culture. Over the years, Wolf has covered every aspect of show business for television, radio, newspapers, magazines and the internet. She was awarded the Publicists Guild Press Award for outstanding show business reporting, and is known for being first with inside scoops On radio, she hosts the daily syndicated ’Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood,’ and created the ”Inside Entertainment Report” for Entertainment Tonight. She’s also reported for ABC’s ’Nightline’ and ’Good Morning America,’ and has hosted ’Jeanne Wolf With’ on PBS. She has been contributor/editor for Ladies Home Journal, TV Guide, Town and Country, and Redbook, and writes regularly for Ocean Drive and Vegas Magazines.
Kathia Woods is a movie critic/entertainment journalist out of Philadelphia, PA. She’s the creator of CupofSoulShow, an online outlet that covers minority creatives in film, television, and music. She’s a contributor to Mark and Denise in The Morning on 860 A.M WWDBAM.Com, and has covered Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Philadelphia Film Festivals. Kathia was born in Munic,h Germany but is of Brazilian descent. She is fluent in five languages and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University.
Jessica Zack is a San Francisco Bay Area-based freelance journalist who has been writing about film for the San Francisco Chronicle since 2004. She also covers visual arts, books and general culture for the Chronicle, and contributes regularly to San Francisco Magazine and other publications. She is a graduate of Stanford University and got her start writing for the Palo Alto Weekly. Can be found on Twitter: @jwzack
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