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, applyinh the Bechdel-Wallace Test. She reviewes 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, Missouri area. Marquis reviews film for the St. Louis Jewish Light weekly newspaper and Playback: stl website, as well as other publications. The daughter of artist Paul Marquis, who 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 the 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 Week In Women.
Jennifer Merin President AWFJ.org is AWFJ’s Editor-in-Chief and writes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog. She reviewed and interviewed for NY Press, About.com, Women’s eNews, written for 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 was a member of the famed Tenjo Sajiki theater company and made films. She taught at U of Wisconsin and URI, reported for ABC, NBC, CBS Radio Networks, Westwood One. She’s a member of BFCA. Her syndicated culturally-oriented travel column began in 1984.
Jenni Miller has been writing for fun and profit since the age of six and can be found bathing in the glow of the silver screen, playing video games, inhaling books, and examining pop culture with a savvy, feminist eye. She writes for Film.com, BUST Magazine, Hollywood.com, and a variety of other publications
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, a Vancouver-based movie journalist for Ex-Press.com, was national film critic for CanWest, and Canada’s largest newspaper chain. She was movie and pop music critic, news reporter and editor for worked at 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. She’s a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, BFCA, AWFJ, Writer’s Union of Canada and FIPRESCI. She’s lectured at Simon Fraser University, the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, McGill University’s Centre for Canadian Studies, and Capilano College. She graduated from University of B.C., with honors in English Literature and a post-grad diploma in Film Production and Theory.
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.
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.
MARTHA P. NOCHIMSON
Martha P. Nochimson is a film and media critic. Her sixth book, David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty From Lost Highway to Inland Empire (2003), was published by University of Texas Press. She writes AWFJ’s EYE ON MEDIA blog. She taught at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and at NYU for a total of 26 years, and was Associate Editor for Cineaste for six years. From 1984 TO 1990, she wrote for ABC-TV, NBC-TV, and CBS-TV soap operas and is a lifetime member of The Writer’s Guild of America, East. She’s a frequent contributor to Film Quarterly, and has covered New York Film Festival for eighteen years. Her new book Television Rewired: The Rise of the Auteur Series will be published in July 2019.
Sandra Olmsted has reviewed films and written about film since 1990, She runs a screenwriting contest and workshop and serves on the boards of directors for several film and media organizations. Olmsted co-writes screenplays with Renee Riffle. Olmsted made several award-winning short films and works on documentary and narrative projects. She serves on juries for the St. Louis International Film Festival. Olmsted, an adjunct, teaches film studies and film production at St. Louis area colleges and universities.
Tricia Olszewski published her first film-related article while working in a Buffalo, N.Y., multiplex, inspired by Jurassic Park crowds clamoring for screenings “where the seats shook.” In writing an essay about it, she found her flair for outing the idiotic. Her gig at Washington City Paper followed. Tricia reviews for Colorado Springs Independent and PopMatters, and has written about music and theater for the Washington Post. She’s a member of Washington, D.C., Area Film Critics Association. She counts Michael Mann, Christopher Nolan, and Quentin Tarantino among her favorite directors.
Janice Page is film editor for the Boston Globe.
Kristen Page-Kirby covers film, arts and entertainment for the Washington Post Express. In addition to features and reviews, her weekly column The Reelist explores contemporary issues in film. She has also moderated panels on film and television at the Washington Jewish Film Festival, the Middleburg Festival, and Awesome Con.
Rebecca Pahle (it’s pronounced “Polly,” but no “want a cracker?” jokes, please) is a North Carolina-born, Brooklyn-based entertainment journalist and part-time Sith Lord with a particular fondness for science fiction, Buster Keaton, and junk food. She’s always available on Twitter @RebeccaPahle for anyone who wants to discuss how Snowpiercer was the best film of 2014. Currently the Assistant Editor/Staff Writer at Film Journal International her previous places of editorial employment include The Mary Sue and MovieMaker Magazine. A regular contributor at Pajiba and Phactual, you can also find her work on her personal website, Cinefeels.
Betsy Pickle is a freelance film critic and journalist. She was Knoxville News Sentinel film critic from May 1985 to November 2008. A Knoxville native, she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in communications. In 1992, Betsy co-founded the Southeastern Film Critics Association,, and was SEFCA’s president 2001-2004. 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 from Atlanta to Anchorage and Stuart, Fla., to Sacramento, Calif.
Gill Pringle began her career as a news reporter on Britain’s famed Fleet Street, planning on changing the world, exposing injustice and covering war zones. Instead she became the editor of The Sun’s legendary Bizarre column and, later, The Mirror’s White Hot Club, travelling the world with Michael Jackson, U2 and Madonna. A growing passion for film prompted a move to Los Angeles 20 years ago where she interviews actors and filmmakers for leading broadsheet and magazine titles in the UK and Australia. Gill’s outlets include The Independent, the i, Sunday Times, Woman, S 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, K-Zone, Primolife and Yours 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.
B. RUBY RICH
B. Ruby Rich teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz and directs the Social Documentation M.A. Program in its Community Studies Department. She writes for The Guardian (UK), Sight and Sound (UK), Cinema Journal, SF Bay Guardian, sf360, among others, and works for radio, television, and film festivals.
Katey Rich is the Managing Editor and one of the chief movie critics for CinemaBlend.com. She has also written reviews and feature articles for Film Journal International. Katey has a B.A. in English and Film Studies from Wesleyan 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.
Sheila Roberts is a Native Angeleno and alum of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where I 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 is freelance journalists specializing in entertainment features. She has profiled Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Diane Keaton, Brad Pitt, Julianne Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Bridges, Liam Neeson, Robert Downey, Jr., Nicole Kidman and other prominent actors. Her cover stories have appeared in major magazines, including In Style, Premiere, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal and More. She was a senior writer in GQ’s LA bureau from 1990 to 1994. Currently, she writes the weekly Fame Game column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper; and for two seasons, she hosted TVO’s renowned film series, 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, Cultured Vultures, Consequence of Sound, and The Young Folks. 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 an international film critic, scholar, lecturer, promoter and experimental filmmaker based in San Francisco. She’s a member of FIPRESCI and has a PhD in cinema studies. Sullivan is one of the world’s experts on the work of filmmaker Maya Deren (1917-1961). She wrote her doctoral thesis and subsequent publication on Maya Deren’s avantgarde and ethnographic filmmaking. She has been invited to universities and art schools honoring Maya Deren in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and the US. She’s a staff writer for Movie Magazine International, does weekly radio reports on film, and writes from agnesfilms.com named for Agnès Varda.
Julide Tanriverdi is a Turkish-German journalist residing in NYC, relocating from Berlin in 1996 to be NY correspondent for Axel Springer. She left Axel Springer to become the 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 (www.independent-magazine.org), where she’s overseen publication of two books on film distribution and spearheaded preservation of the Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers’ archive and print magazine. She’s a contributor to WBUR (Boston’s NPR news station) and has written about movies for The Boston Globe, MovieMaker Magazine, NewEnglandFilm.com and other publications. She’s served as series moderator for The DocYard and led film discussions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston Public Library, and film festivals, where she’s served on juries. She’s a 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.
Sara Voorhees has been a film critic on television and in print for 27 years. She began at the NBC affiliate (KOBTV) in Albuquerque New Mexico and was nationally syndicated with Conus Communicatons until 2002. She wrote for the Albuquerque Tribune and Scripps-Howard newspapers from 1990-2001. She continues to write reviews for KOBTV and appears on camera on an emergency basis. She is the membership director for the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association, and serves on the board of directors of the Action Coalition for Media Education. Born on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, she grew up in Denver, and lived for two years on the Navajo reservation before moving to Corrales, New Mexico where she and her husband have raised two children, several dogs and cats, and eleven peacocks. Her first novel, ”The Lumiere Affair,” is a mystery set at the Cannes Film Festival, and was published by Simon and Schuster in May of 2007
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.
Lana K.Wilson-Combs has more than 20 years experience as a journalist. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Radio/Television, but began her career as a sports writer in the Bay Area at the Oakland Post newspaper before becoming a movie critic and entertainment writer in Sacramento, California where she currently 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.
Dorothy Woodend has been the film critic for The Tyee since 2004. Her work has been published in magazines, newspapers and books across Canada and the US, as well as a number of international publications. Dorothy is also the Senior Festival Advisor for DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver.
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