I am an author, a seasoned journalist and an intrepid traveler. I write mostly about film, but also have published articles on Italian art, food, wine and travel. My book, Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero's Encounter with the Beast (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), 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 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 have more than once been referred to as an “independent critic,” a nice way of saying that I take a strictly journalistic approach to my work. I am fortunate to write for publications whose editors still support that stance.
In my work as a film critic, I do not promote individual films or filmmakers; like all critics, I hope that through informed and thoughtful observation, I further an understanding of the art form.
I write the "Film" column for Ambassador Magazine (Washington, D.C.), the official publication of the National Italian American Foundation. I am also a freelancer for Biography.com; Cineaste (New York City, print only, on JSTOR), and Film Journal International (New York City, print and online). On occasion, I also write for FJI's "Screener Blog," although my posts are rarely any different from my regular coverage that appears in the magazine as reviews and interviews.
I have over two decades of experience as an adjunct instructor and a full-time faculty member in departments of English, Writing, Film and Communications. 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, where I taught non-fiction writing and novel into film courses. The institution was the first of its kind to be founded on a Native American reservation, and it continues to serve the Navajo Nation, as well as indigenous students from other nations and tribes across the United States.