As a dedicated film journalist, Jennifer Merin watches all current documentary film releases and continually revisits the classics. Having worked on documentary films, Jennifer is aware of the ways in which different directors handle the genre to reveal the truth about the world around us, while her experience as a news reporter and editor gives her an insider's understanding of media spin.
Jennifer has written about film for 20 years. She reviews films and interviews filmmakers for New York Press, a leading alt weekly newspaper. She's the film critic for Women's eNews, reports on film and cultural matters for Westwood One Radio Network's morning drive news magazine, "America In the Morning," and contributes to TheReeler.com.
Jennifer's worked as newswriter/editor for ABC and CNN, and reporter for NBC. Her ongoing weekly column about culture and travel has resided in the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and is currently distributed by ArcaMax publishing.
Jennifer is president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, a nonprofit association of women covering film and the movie industry. AWFJ presents the annual EDA Awards. Jennifer edits and publishes AWFJ Women On Film, the organization's syndicated journal.
Jennifer holds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied and worked with many of today's leading filmmakers. She has taught at University of Wisconsin and University of Rhode Island, lectured worldwide for the U.S. State Department and conducted workshops in NYC correctional institutions.
Film is the singularly most powerful medium of our day. Documentary films show and tell the truth about the world in which we live. They can influence the way we think and feel about everything. Not only that, documentaries are our legacy, providing future generations with information that will help them to understand our current civilizations--in much the same way that we understand the Egyptian civilization and world view, for example, by studying their hieroglyphics.
When I review documentary films, I am concerned about their aesthetics, but I am also keenly observant of their ethics and credibility. I will guide you to the best and most interesting contemporary and classic documentary films about all of the subjects that interest you the most.