The Village Voice’s New Film Critic Is a Woman

Melissa Anderson rejoined the paper Nov. 30.

MelissaAndersonHeadshotWhy is the gender of this recent full-time hire news? Because the addition was finalized in-between Meryl Streep decrying at a press conference in London the “infuriating” lack of female film critics and the publication in December of a pair of highly discussed related essays in The Atlantic and Variety.

The Village Voice welcomed back Melissa Anderson to the fold as senior film critic right after the Thanksgiving holiday. As is the wont of many media outlets, the alt-weekly decided to wait until the new year to officially announce the news:

Anderson first began writing for the Voice in 2000. From late 2005 until early 2009 she was the Film editor of Time Out New York; she was a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee from 2009 to 2012. She is a regular contributor to Artforum and Bookforum and has also written for Film Comment and Sight & Sound.

Of her weekly column, “SCREEN CAPTURED”, Anderson explains, “Thinking and writing about new releases offers its own pleasures, and I’m thrilled that I’ll be weighing in on current releases every week. But what most excites me is having a platform to call attention to the extraordinary repertory offerings available in New York and to share my enthusiasms with the Voice’s astute readers.”

Also rejoining The Voice to write a twice-monthly arts column is Michael Feingold. His tenure at the paper goes back much further than Anderson’s. He started contributing reviews in 1971 and was the paper’s chief theater critic from 1983 to 2013. His first column will appear Jan. 13.

Congrats to both. In many ways, the purchase and rapid rejuvenation of the Voice stands as the unlikeliest local media story of 2015.