Katie Walsh is a Los Angeles-based film critic, journalist, podcast host, moderator and writing instructor. She reviews weekly film releases for the Tribune News Service, and the Los Angeles Times, and is a frequent guest host of the Maximum Fun podcast Switchblade Sisters. Her writing has appeared on The Playlist, Nerdist, Playboy, Slate, The Hairpin, indieWIRE, Women and Hollywood, Town & Country, Movieline, CAP the Magazine, and Nonfics, and she frequently contributes film reviews to KCRW’s Press Play with Madeline Brand. She has covered the Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, Marrakech, True/False, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara International Film Festivals as a critic and reporter, and has moderated dozens of Q&As with filmmakers and actors around LA. She is a part-time lecturer at Chapman University, teaching the Film Studies class “Practices of Writing About Film.”
Katie is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and has served on the juries for the SXSW, Mammoth Lakes, Florida, and Defy film festivals. She has has also participated in the selection for the Women In Film Finishing Fund grant, and has been a member of the nominating committee for IFP’s Gotham Awards.
Katie earned her B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, and her M.A. in Critical Studies from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she worked as an associate programmer of screenings and special events, managing events and moderating Q&As. She has also worked at Lionsgate Films, and produced the short film “The Better Half,” which premiered in competition at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival.