Danielle Solzman started going to the movies as a child. Her earliest memories include watching The Land Before Time at Showcase Cinemas in Louisville, Ky. It was the arrival of another dinosaur movie that changed her life with the release of Jurassic Park in June 1993. Combined with Star Wars, the two films would cement her career goals of one day becoming a filmmaker. While a filmmaking career has yet to happen due to some bumps in the road, Solzman writes about movies, television, and books on those subjects on these pages.
Through writing about TV/film, Solzman has had the opportunities to interview Paul Feig, Nick Offerman, Brett Haley, Sam Bisbee, Mark Feuerstein, Jim O’Heir, Josh McDermitt, Rachel Crowl, and a number of transgender actors and fimmakers. In June 2017, Solzman published an article on what needs to be done to improve transgender representation in the media. Subsequently, she was interviewed by Vice in November 2017.
Solzman has also studied acting, improvisation, and writing through The Second City Training Center. While she finished her Writing for TV/Film class with an outline for an original sitcom pilot, she’s been re-working it in order to make it as a independent film. That’s how important trans stories are to her.
Solzman has been interviewed by The Boston Globe, CBC, and Stop Everything! (Radio National) to discuss transgender representation in the media. With the push for media diversity in film criticism, Solzman has spoken with The Canadian Press, Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Times.
A native of Louisville, KY, she holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, and Boston Celtics. She is a member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Online Film Critics Society, and the Online Film and Television Association.
She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. A Tomatometer-critic on Rotten Tomatoes, you can also find her film writing at /Film and Windy City Times. . She has also contributed to Shondaland, Pride, Broadly, Alma, Cultured Vultures, Consequence of Sound, and The Young Folks. Solzman is also a contributing film critic to the IndieWire critics survey. You can support her work on Patreon.
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