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since 1997 | by maryann johanson

I am AWFJ’s Spotlight profile for September

It’s in honor of FlickFilosopher.com’s 20th anniversary this month. My friend and colleague Nikki Baughan wrote a lovely and generous essay about me and my work. A taste:

Over the past two decades, MaryAnn has witnessed a sea change in film criticism, with the rise of the internet and social media ushering in hundreds of new writers and sites. She has not only managed to endure, however, but thrive. She has done so, she says, by staying true to herself, and not allowing herself to be compromised by trends of the day.

You can read the whole thing at the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. There’s also a gallery of how the site’s design has evolved over the years, most of which had to be grabbed from the Internet Archive. (You can explore the history of this site there if you like.) Unfortunately, some images are missing from the archived pages, and nothing has been captured from the very early AOL-hosted days of this site. It never occurred to me to save screengrabs. I never would have imagined I’d be around so long, or that anyone would care what the site once looked like.


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  • RogerBW

    Congratulations, on both the anniversary and the spotlight profile.

  • susmart3

    Hooray for you! Acknowledged longevity of work!

  • Dale Snow

    Happy 20th, MaryAnn!

  • Dent

    Congrats, I had no idea just how long you’ve been doing this.

  • Bluejay

    Great article and congratulations!

  • Tonio Kruger

    Happy 20th, Ms.Johanson! Congrats as well on the spotlight profile.

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