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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.



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).




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 written about film since 2005. She launched a movie podcast in 2006. In 2007, she co-founded Row Three, a site for fans seeking films beyond what’s playing at local theaters. Row Three hosts five podcasts including After the Credits which Marina co-hosts. Marina is Editor-in-Chief of Quiet Earth. She co-hosts Before the Dawn, a weekly podcast about movies, tv shows and books they’re adapted from. Marina is 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 has been covering movies at the Toronto Star and since 2005. In addition to reviewing films and writing interviews and features about the industry, she helps anchor the Star’s coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs International and does First ReelMovies, a weekly webcast review at with Star movie critic Peter Howell. Linda is a top critic with and member of the Toronto Film Critics Association.




Margaret Barton-Fumo has contributed to Film Comment since 2006. Her monthly online column, “Deep Cuts,” focuses 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





Liz Braun   is a film critic for the Sun Media newspaper chain in Canada. She also contributes movie commentary on various radio and television programs.





Anne Brodie is an award winning writer  who has covered film and filmmakers on television, print and online for nearly 30 years. Among her outlets are Metro News, Elle, More, AskMen, Monsters and Critics, Studio 12 News, Rogers TV and “daytime” TV.






Katherine Brodsky contributes to Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, Mashable, USA Weekend, MovieMaker Magazine, Backstage, Stage Directions, Elle Canada, Canadian Screenwriter, Complex, the Georgia Straight and others. She has interviewed a diverse range of ‘intriguing’ personalities, including Oscar, Emmy, Pulitzer, Tony, and Noble Prize winners & nominees. Follow her on Twitter @mysteriouskat or at




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
joined the Las Vegas Review-Journal in November, 1983, and has been resident movie critic since June, 1984. She writes reviews, weekly columns and features. 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 for websites including, where she promotes women in film with her own column. She is in her third 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 coordinated and overssaw movie, theater, dance, and classical music coverage as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Art Editor, and served as the primary editor of Roger Ebert. Among her passions are opera and Latin music. Her favorite movie is Vertigo,  The Leopard (1963), The Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Sunset Blvd(1950) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) 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 founded and blogs at Ferdy on Films. She cofounded the fundraising For the Love of Films: The Film Preservation Blogathon. She 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.





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.





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.




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.




Michelle Hannett (formerly McCue) contributes to and edits






Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is an award-winning film critic from Melbourne, Australia. She’s written for Senses of Cinema, Little White Lies, Overland, The Monthly, 4:3 Film, Meanjin, The Big Issue and Diabolique Magazine, and other publications. She’s written five books on cult, horror and exploitation cinema. She’s currently co-editing a book of essays on Elaine May and writing a book on the history of women in the horror genre.




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.




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.




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.





Stacia Kissick Jones s a freelance film journalist whose work appears in, and other outlets.






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.





Tomris Laffly is a freelance film writer and film critic based in New York. She writes for and has contributed to outlets such as Film School Rejects, Film Journal International, Time Out New York, Indiewire, and Movie Mezzanine, among others, and covers various film festivals throughout the year including the New York Film Festival, Sundance and Telluride. She has a special interest in the awards season, frequents art houses in NYC and tweets from @TomiLaffly.




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 about film 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 the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, worked as a sound editor, and recently completed a novel. She is a member of Boston Society of Film Critics.



Kimberly Lindbergs regularly contributes to Turner Classic Movies’ official blog, the Movie Morlocks and occasionally writes articles for TCM’s website. She’s contributes to FilmStruck, and has written for Cineaste, Fandor, Cinedelica, and Paracinema Magazine and has contributed liner notes for film scores released on Harkit Records. Her special interests include horror films, foreign films and cult movies.





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




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 (part of he Arkansas Business Publishing Group), covering movies and entertainment, among other lifestyle beats.





Maitland McDonagh, formerly’s senior movies editor/reviewer, has her own site, Miss, 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 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’s Week In Women.




Jennifer Merin President is AWFJ’s Editor-in-Chief and writes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog. She reviewed and interviewed for The NY Press, Women’s eNews., writyen 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 made films. She taught at U of Wisconsin and URI,  reported for ABC,  NBC, CBS Radio Networks, Westwood One. She’s a member of the BFCA. Her syndicated culturally-oriented travel column began in 1984.



Stephanie Merry covers movies and pop culture for the Washington Post. A graduate of the poetry program at the University of Virginia, she received a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.





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, BUST Magazine,, and a variety of other publications





Nell Minow is assistant editor at She reviews each week’s releases on radio stations across the country and her reviews and interviews are also found at,, and She is the author of several books, including The Movie Mom’s G

uide to Family Movies and 101 Must-See Movie Moments.




Wendy Mitchell is Editor of Screen International and, 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 O

ut New York, Billboard, and the New York Daily News.



Katherine Monk, a Vancouver-based movie journalist for, 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, 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, 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,, and, she’s also pursuing an MFA in Columbia University’s Film program.





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 the New York Film Festival for twelve years. She is currently editing The Companion to Wong Kar-wai for Wiley-Blackwell.




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 websites 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,, 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 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 ra

dio, television, and film festivals.




Katey Rich is the Managing Editor and one of the chief movie critics for 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.





Diana Saenger, entertainment editor of the East County Gazette, also reviews film and theater for San Diego Suburban newspapers, her Saenger Syndicate sites and 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 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 (, 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, 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



Liz Whittemore is the author of AWFJ’s I SCREAM YOU SCREAM blog. She is Co-Managing Editor and writes for, hosts the podcast Girls On Film and is a contributing writer for 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.



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, 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 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




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