About Me

Me practicing my favorite activity during the reception for MoMA's 2018 Ugo Tognazzi Retrospective.

I am an author, a seasoned journalist, and an intrepid traveler who has camped in the Kalahari, trekked through jungles to see lemurs, and felt the tremor of migrating antelopes in Mongolia. I write mostly about film and international film festivals, but also have published articles on music, Italian art, food, wine and travel.


My recent book, Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero's Encounter with the Beast (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, http://bit.ly/2DNeaiI), is a scholarly  consideration of the ways in which Western and Eastern myths, folklore, and literature about the quest, are represented in American, European and Asian movies. I am also the author of Gender Equity Module: Ensuring Unbiased Behavior in an All-Girl Environment (GSUSA, 1994), which received a mention in that year's Congressional Record for its unique content.


I am a native New Yorker, and reside in Manhattan.

Sono nata a New York City, dove abito ancora. Lavoro come giornalista “freelance.” Miei nonni Italiani sono nati a Torre Annunziata.

I take a strictly journalistic approach to my work, and I am fortunate to write for publications whose editors still support that stance. I am a full member of The Author's Guild and a professional member of PEN. 



My cover story, an interview with Kasi Lemmons for Harriet.

I write the “Cinema” column for Ambassador Magazine (Washington, D.C.), the official publication of the National Italian American Foundation. I am currently a freelancer for Cineaste (New York City, print only, on JSTOR). Recently, my features and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Biography.com, and Film Journal International (now defunct). Among many other national magazines, my work has been published in Showbusiness, Films in Review, The Progressive and Latina, as well as in local newspapers, including The Brooklyn Eagle and The Villager.

In addition to this compendium website, many of my film reviews appear on Rotten Tomatoes where I am an "approved" critic (https://www.rottentomatoes.com/critic/maria-garcia/movies), and on Metacritic.

This photo of (L-R) production designer Dante Ferretti, set designer Francesca Lo Schiavo (wife of Ferretti), and me was taken at MoMA after my interview with them in 2013. The interview appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of Cineaste.

I have been an adjunct instructor and a full-time faculty member in departments of English, Writing, Film and Communications for over two decades. I am currently a part-time instructor in the English Department at CUNY/Borough of Manhattan Community College. My most recent appointment as a full-time instructor was in the English Department at Dine College in Tsaile, Arizona, a Navajo institution, where I taught non-fiction writing and novel into film courses.