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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 Adam McKay, Paul Feig, Nick Offerman, Rachel Brosnahan, William Daniels, Bonnie Bartlett, Brett Haley, Sam Bisbee, Mark Feuerstein, Jim O’Heir, Josh McDermitt, Rachel Crowl, and a number of transgender actors and filmmakers. 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 as a film. That’s how important trans stories are to her.
Solzman has been interviewed by The Boston Globe, CBC, Stop Everything! (Radio National), and Entertainment Weekly 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. Solzman spoke with Variety after Elliot Page came out as transgender. In 2021, Solzman contributed comments to a Global News piece on Rotten Tomatoes and made an appearance on 630 CHED/770 CHQR. Most recently, Solzman was mentioned in Ad Age after deciding not to attend SXSW in 2020 because of the draconian attacks on various rights.
Podcast appearances include:
- Crooked Table Podcast (October 15, 2019)
- Fog of Truth (May 20, 2020)
- Kicking the Seat (July 15, 2020)
- Being a Female Film Critic in a Toxic Age Vol. 2 (July 22, 2020)
- You’ll Probably Agree (August 14, 2020)
- Watch With Jen and Friends (September 20, 2020)
- Changing Reels (December 30, 2020)
- Sonic Cinema (April 5, 2022, June 13, 2022, and July 27, 2023)
- Renegade Marquee (June 26, 2022)
Her reviews have been quoted in trailers for Hearts Beat Loud, Cold War, Summer ’03, In A Relationship, Little Woods, Funny Story, social media spots for The Batman (also on TV), Vacation Friends, TV spots for Only Murders In The Building, and the FYC campaign for Souls of Totality.
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 Critics Choice Association, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Online Film Critics Society, Online Association of Female Film Critics, and the Online Film and Television Association. She is also accredited in the Motion Picture Association’s Domestic Press Directory.
She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. She currently contributes to Below the Line, Above the Line, and New Thinking. A member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA), Solzman’s current baseball writing can be found on Dugout Dirt. A Tomatometer-critic on Rotten Tomatoes, she has also contributed to Bleeding Cool, /Film, FF2 Media, Shondaland, Pride, Broadly, Alma, Cultured Vultures, Consequence of Sound, Windy City Times, Out Magazine, and The Young Folks. Solzman was previously a contributing film critic to the IndieWire critics survey. You can support her work by subscribing to her Substack. Her non-film/TV book reviews can be found on Solzy Reads.