AWFJ Members A to L

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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.



Mae Abdulbaki is a film critic and podcast co-host. She founded Movies with Mae back in 2013 and has been passionately typing away at her computer ever since. She currently serves as TV Editor and film writer for The Young Folks and has also written for Examiner, Punch Drunk Critics, and Heroic Hollywood.




Erica Abeel writes film features and reviews for, Filmmaker Magazine,, and Film Journal. She is the author of five books, including the novel, Women Like Us, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Her newest novel, Conscience Point, was published in fall 2008.




Beth Accomando is host of KPBS Cinema Junkie Podcast and author of the blog Cinema Junkie. She also programs film series and events as part of Film Geeks SD at venues such as Museum of Photographic Arts and Digital Gym Cinema. She loves horror, zombies, kaiju and film noir.




Thelma Adams is a NY-based writer and film critic, formerly at Us Weekly (2000 – 2011) and NY Post (1993 – 2000). Twice Chair of the NY Film Critics Circle where she was a member for 19 years. She covered the Oscars for Yahoo! Movies, interviewing Julianne Moore, Oprah Winfrey and others. Her second novel, The Other Mrs. Earp was published by Amazon’s Lake Union imprint. The NY Times favorably reviewed her debut novel, Playdate (St. Martin’s Press).



Ulkar Alakbarova has been writing about movies since childhood. She loves black-and-white cinema. She worked as an independent film journalist in Azerbaijan. Starting in 2013, she has worked as a Toronto-based film critic/interviewer. She is a founder of and regularly covers major film festivals, such as TIFF, Fantasia Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Hot Docs and Sundance.



Sandie Angulo Chen is a feature writer, film critic, and book reviewer. She’s written about movies and pop culture since high school, contributing to outlets like Common Sense Media, The Washington Post, EW, Moviefone, and Variety. She lives outside Washington D.C. with her husband and their three young cinephiles.




Marina Antunes has been writing and discussing film for over 15 years. In 2008 she joined the writing staff at Quiet Earth, becoming Editor-In-Chief in 2014. She’s produced and hosted podcasts including Before the Dawn, a long-running podcast on the Twilight franchise, Girls on Pop, a podcast on film and popular entertainment from women’s perspective and After the Credits, bi-monthly film podcast with nearly 300 episodes. She’s a member of Online Film Critics Society.



Martha K. Baker first taught film at Lakeland College in Wisconsin in 1969 and became a professional film reviewer in 1976 in St. Louis, Mo. Through the years, She’S reviewed films for the St. Louis Business Journal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Episcopal Life, and KWMU (NPR), among other outlets. She’s reviewed at KDHX radio for nearly 20 years.




Linda Barnard reviews films for Original Cin. She was a staff writer at the Toronto Star/ from 2002 to 2016, joining film team in 2007. She covers Toronto International Film Festival for the Star and The National Abu Dhabi. A 2014 National Newspaper Award winner and member of Toronto Film Critics Association, Barnard has served on film juries, programmed for Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and volunteers with Victoria Film Festival in her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia.


Margaret Barton-Fumo has contributed to Film Comment since 2006. Her monthly online column, “Deep Cuts,” focused on the intersection of film and music. She has interviewed such directors, actors, and musicians as Brian De Palma, James Gray, Harry Dean Stanton, and Paul Williams, and has additionally contributed to Senses of Cinema and Stop Smiling. She is the editor of Paul Verhoeven: Interviews, published by the University Press of Mississippi.



Nikki Baughan  is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.




Betsy Bozdech is the Executive Editor of Common Sense, for which she also reviews films. Her film reviews and commentaries also appear on and





Lauren Bradshaw is a film critic in the Washington, DC area. Her reviews are featured on and she has also contributed to and The Tidewater News. Lauren is a pop culture enthusiast and has been known to get way too emotionally invested in movies and television shows.




Liz Braun   is a film critic for the Sun Media newspaper chain in Canada.





Kim Brown writes for Tulsa People Magazine. She coverc film for Tulsa World and, and appears on Tulsa’s CBS affiliate, KOTV, to review film. She joined Tulsa World’s features staff in 2006 after covering education and local news for the paper since 1998. Like many journalists, she’s expanded her work to include communications and public relations, but is still a freelance critic and film journalist.

Diane Carson , Ph.D., Professor Emerita, has reviewed film for 25 years, covering Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, Palm Springs and Sundance festivals. She writes for KDHX FM, St. Louis. A founder of the St. Louis International Film Festival, she serves on its juries. She taught film studies and production at St. Louis Community College and Webster University. She co-wrote “Appetites and Anxieties: Food, Film, and the Politics of Representation,” (Wayne State U. Press, 2014).



Carol Cling served as the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s film critic for more than 30 years, reviewing movies and covering movie and TV production in Las Vegas, from Casino to CSI. An honors graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she also has studied film at the American Film Institute and the BBC




Leslie Combemale writes as Cinema Siren on her own website, and is a frequent contributor on the MPA’s, where she interviews filmmakers above and below the line, with a focus on women and diverse voices.  She is in her 6th year as producer and moderator of the “Women Rocking Hollywood” panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Find all her interviews and reviews at




Linda Cook earned bachelor degrees in English and elementary education from Monmouth (Illinois) College, She’s a reporter and film critic at the Quad-City Times, and reviews films for NBC affiliate KWQC. She earned a master of criminal justice degree at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, and has been an instructor there for many years.




Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, film journalist and curator, is US Programmer for Venice Film Festival. She writes for “il manifesto”, Ciak, Marie Claire and L’Uomo Vogue, and Cahiers du Cinema and Film Comment. She wrote monographs on Eastwood, Carpenter, Milius, Altman and other directors. Her retrospectives have been in Italian festivals, Film Forum, Museum of Moving Image, American Cinematheque, Cinématheque Française and Brisbane and Melbourne Film Festivals.



Marcy Dermansky is the award-winning author of the novels Bad Marie and Twins. She has written reviews and feature articles about film for, Focus Features, and Flavorpill. Her nonfiction has been published in the best-selling anthology in Goodbye To All: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.




Chaz Ebert is CEO of several Ebert enterprises, including the President of The Ebert Company Ltd, and of Ebert Digital LLC, Publisher of, President of Ebert Productions and Chair of the Board of The Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, and Co-Founder and Producer




Laura Emerick is the digital content editor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Formerly she was the arts editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, where she served as the primary editor of film critic Roger Ebert. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in journalism and environmental Science. Among her passions are opera and Latin music, which she continues to cover as a freelance writer. Her all-time favorite movie is “Vertigo” (1958), with “The Leopard” (1963) and “The Sweet Smell of Success” (1957) following close behind.

Lexi Feinberg is a freelance film critic contributing to Big Picture Big Sound, Cinema Blend, JoBlo, Pop Syndicate and Show Business Weekly, a New York City trade paper. She graduated from Adelphi University and has since held editorial positions at TV Guide and




Marilyn Ferdinand is the founder of the review and commentary site Ferdy on Films (2005-2018) and the fundraising Love of Films: The Film Preservation Blogathon. She currently writes for Cine-File and has written on film and film preservation for Humanities magazine, Fandor, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. She lives in the Chicago area.



Cynthia Fuchs is Film and TV reviews editor at and director of Film & Media Studies and Associate Professor of English, Film & Video Studies, African and African American Studies, Sport & American Culture, and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University.




Karen Gordon is a film critic, arts journalist, radio producer, as well as a story editor and narration writer for documentary TV and film. Her recent project the IMAX film “Volcanoes: Fires of Creation” premiered in fall 2018, and will roll out internationally through 2019. She hosts, and does live Q&A’s at film events. She has ghost written three best selling cookbooks, with celebrity chef David Rocco.


Barbara Goslawski is co-host/co-producer of Frameline. As a freelance writer and film critic for the past 30 years, she has contributed to numerous dailies and magazines including The Globe and Mail, The Canadian Film Encyclopedia, Box Office Magazine, as well as to several books. A veteran of the Canadian film industry, Barbara has worked in many key areas including distribution and programming, and has also served on various festival juries

Pam Grady is a freelance journalist and film critic whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Box Office, FilmStew, SF State Magazine and other publications. Her career began at where she was an editor and staff critic. She is currently President of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle.



Susan Granger was a child actress in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O’Brien and Lassie. She studied journalism with Pierre Salinger at Mills College, and graduated from University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. Her reviews and celebrity interviews appear in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN, NY TIMES and worldwide through SSG Syndicate.



Roxana Hadadi is a pop culture writer. She is a staff contributor for Pajiiba, Chesapeake Family, and Punch Drunk Critics, and has contributed to Bright Wall/Dark Room and The Washington Post Express. She is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved critic and a member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association.




Jenny Halper has written for Boston Phoenix, Boston Now,, amNewYork, Beliefnet, Cinema Confidential, Park Slope Reader, and Knit Simple Magazine, among others, and has served as film critic/entertainment reporter for Track Entertainment and Her fiction i spublished Smokelong Quarterly and New England Fiction Meeting House, and has been a finalist for prizes from Glimmer Train and Sonora Review.



Beth Hanna is a cinephile and film writer living in Los Angeles, with a master’s degree in cinema and media studies from UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree in film studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She’s been an associate programmer for AFI FESTs, and oversaw thescreen education program, She programmed the American Cinematheque’s Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Luis Buñuel retrospectives in 2012.

Michelle Hannett (formerly McCue) contributes to and edits






Molly Haskell is the author of From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the MoviesLove and Other Infectious DiseasesFrankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited, and My Brother My Sister: Story of a Transformation. She’s taught at Columbia, Barnard, and Sarah Lawrence> She’s reviewed film for The Village Voice, New York Magazine and contributed to the NY Times, NY Review of Books, and The Guardian UK. She won a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Athena Award.



Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is an award-winning film critic from Melbourne, Australia. She was an editor at Senses of Cinema from 2015 to 2018, and is a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic whose publications include Film International, Flicks, Diabolique Magazine, Vulture, Overland, The Big Issue and her website, The Blue Lenses. She’s written eight books on cult, horror and exploitation cinema and co-edited collections on Elaine May, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, and Alice in Wonderland in film. Alexandra is a programmer at Austin’s Fantastic Fest and an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University.

Leba Hertz reviews and writes features for the San Francisco Chronicle, and is editor of the publication’s movies section, and is arts and entertainment editor for Ovations and Sunday and Daily Datebook.





Courtney Howard was raised in Northern California, and now resides in Southern California. She’s loved films ever since seeing her first in theaters at age 6 (‘E.T.’). She is a Rotten Tomatometer-approved critic, OFCS member, and contributing reporter/ film critic at both and Follow on Twitter: @lulamaybelle


Esther Iverem is a writer/author/producer/curator, works in radio, print, digital media and visual art on projects about social justice and human existence—its history, current state, possible futures. She hosts ‘On the Ground: Voices of Resistance From the Nation’s Capital’ (Pacifica Radio). She founded She had a National Arts Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University. Her latest book is We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies.

MaryAnn Johanson freelances on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture, originally from NYC, now London-based . Her, which debuted in 1997, is among the most popular, respected, and longest-running movie-related Internet sites. She reviews films for US alt-weekly newspapers. She’s a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (Webbys), and Online Film Critics Society. She’s been a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and US radio programs, and juried at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter.


Kimberley Jones is Editor-in-Chief of the Austin Chronicle, as well as a contributing film critic. She’s a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and a member of the Austin Film Critics Association.


Valerie Kalfrin is an award-winning crime journalist turned freelance film writer whose work appears at, In Their Own League, Script, The Hollywood Reporter, and other outlets. Also a screenwriter and script consultant, she’s passionate about challenging stereotypes about gender and disability. Let’s tell better stories and tell stories better.

Tara Karajica is a Belgrade-based film critic, journalist and prgrammer. Her writings appear in Indiewire, Screen International, Variety, Little White Lies, Film New Europe, and others, including European Film Academy’s online magazine, Close-up.  In February 2018, she launched Fade to Her, a magazine about successful women working in Film and TV. Tara is a regular at film festivals as a film critic, moderator and/or jury member.

Jessica Kiang is a Berlin-based freelance film critic with regular bylines in Variety, Sight & Sound and The Playlist, where she was also Features Editor for the five years it was part of Indiewire. She is a veteran of festival juries from Iceland to Cairo to Toronto, and regularly attends all the major European and Asian film festivals.

Loren King‘s features and film reviews appear regularly in the Boston Globe, Boston Spirit magazine and the Provincetown Banner. She writes Scene Here, a localfilm column, in the Boston Sunday Globe. A member of the Boston Society of Film Critics since 2002, she served as its president for five years.


Sally Kline reviews film for the Washington Examiner.


Sarah Knight Adamson, based in Chicago, is the film critic for the Internationally syndicated radio show Hollywood 360, broadcast on over 90 stations. She has served on film panels for the Chicago Public Library, been a juror at film festivals, and writes about film for Naperville Magazine. She is founder and publisher of Sarah’s Backstage Pass website, where her written work appears.


Ann Lewinson is a film critic for the Boston Phoenix, Kansas City Star and Santa Fe Reporter, and was film critic for the Hartford Advocate.. She’s written for The Independent, Sundance Daily Insider, Tribeca Film Festival catalogue and Willamette Week, classical music for Andante and Stagebill, and environmental activism for Biography. Her fiction has appeared in Agni, Hayden’s Ferry Review, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center’s Special Projects Writers’ Series and other publications. She studied filmmaking at Art Institute of Chicago, worked as a sound editor, and recently completed a novel. She is a member of Boston Society of Film Critics.


Sandra Kraisirideja

Also see the roster of AWFJ MEMBERS M to Z

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