Indiewire has hired Sam Adams as the new editor and lead blogger for Criticwire. Launched last year to provide a foundation for the Criticwire Network, the blog highlights some of the most significant conversations taking place the realm of film and TV criticism.
Adams, a long-time freelance critic for publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the AV Club and Indiewire, brings well over a decade of experience as a critic to oversee the blog at a crucial time in its integration into the Criticwire Network, Indiewire's curated aggregation service for film critics that currently houses roughly 500 members.
On a daily basis, Adams will cover some of the significant critical conversations taking place in the film and TV worlds. He will also work with Indiewire chief film critic and Criticwire Network manager Eric Kohn as well as assistant editor Steve Green on tapping into the community of voices that Criticwire houses.
Criticwire was launched last year by former IFC correspondent Matt Singer, who left the blogging post last week to begin work at the newly launched Pitchfork-hosted film site The Dissolve. Singer wraps up his time at Criticwire in a farewell post here, where he also addresses Adams' new role. Adams will start blogging for Criticwire immediately.
Sam Adams writes for the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate, Time Out New York, the Onion A.V. Club, eMusic and the Philadelphia City Paper. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, the Boston Globe, the Hollywood Reporter, Salon and Film Comment, and his essays on Two-Lane Blacktop and Greendale are included in the The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love. He served on the jury at the Toronto Film Festival as a representative of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, was twice a fellow of the Flaherty Film Seminar, and participated in the inaugural New York Times Institute in Film Criticism and Feature Writing at the Museum of the Moving Image in 2007. He has taught classes in documentary and narrative cinema at the University of the Arts, and is a frequent guest speaker in the Talk Cinema series. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.
Below, watch a video from the Film Society of Lincoln Center during the 2012 New York Film Festival explaining the genesis of Criticwire: