An email from film critic Thelma Adams earlier this week (published below with her permission), reacting to the recent Sundance Film Festival panel, “Critics Cornered,” featuring Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly), Scott Foundas (LA Weekly), Sean Means (Salt Lake Tribune, Mark Bell (Film Threat), and myself…
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Subject: critics cornerered: what’s wrong with this picture? answer: it’s raining men!
Date: January 27, 2008 8:08:16 AM EST
sorry, but the above picture says it all. every year when I host a panel about amazing women in film at the Woodstock Film Festival, we discuss male critics being the final gatekeepers for women’s features entering the marketplace. As someone who has attended Sundance since 1986, and a working critic since 1989, who knows and enjoys the company of Mark, Owen and Eugene, and proudly saw the female-led Frozen River win the Grand Jury Award for Dramatic Feature, I’ve got to ask you with both respect and passion: how does this all-male image of a Sundance critics’ panel strike you?
Film & Dvd Critic
Member, New York Film Critics Circle since 1995 and two-time chairman of that group