About Karina

Karina Longworth is a writer, researcher and journalist based in Los Angeles. She is the creator/host/producer/editor of You Must Remember This, a storytelling podcast dedicated to the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. You Must Remember This is distributed by's Panoply network, and is usually ranked as one of the Top 100 podcasts, and Top 5 film podcasts, on iTunes. Her book Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood, will be released in November 2018 by  Custom House, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Karina is the author of Hollywood Frame by Frame, a book about the history of Hollywood still photography which focuses on contact sheets from still photo sessions related to classic movies, released in the US by Princeton Architectural Press in September 2014. She is also the author of Masters of Cinema: George Lucas, published by Phaidon in 2012, and Al Pacino: Anatomy of an Actor, published by Phaidon in 2013. Her book on Meryl Streep — the first published long-form study of the actress through the prism of feminism — was released in January 2014.

For three years Karina served as an editor and film critic at the LA Weekly and Village Voice, and she has contributed as a freelancer to Vanity Fair, The Guardian, New York Magazine, TimeOut New York, indieWIRE, Slate, The Daily Beast, Weekend Edition, The Takeaway and other print and online publications and radio productions. In 2005, she co-founded Cinematical, one of the first comprehensive, multi-contributor film blogs on the web, which was acquired by AOL and eventually folded into Moviefone. For two years, Karina served as the editor of the now-defunct SpoutBlog, which was later acquired by indieWIRE. She has been a voting member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), and has served on juries and spoken on panels at a wide variety of film festivals, including Cannes, SXSW and Toronto.

In 2012, Karina’s collected film criticism won the Entertainment Reviews of the Year award from the Los Angeles Press Club, while her story on LACMA’s hiring of Elvis Mitchell as the figurehead of their film program won an award for business reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2011, her study of the restoration of Barbara Loden’s Wanda won a National Entertainment Journalism award, and her profile of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club. She was also a 2012 finalist for the Livingston Award for her LA Weekly story on the fate of the Kim’s Video collection and contemporary socio-economics in Sicily

While editing SpoutBlog, Karina regularly contributed to FilmCouch, Spout’s Webby-nominated podcast. She served as a weekly on-air film critic on PRI’s The Takeaway, and has spoken about film and pop culture on numerous TV and radio programs and podcasts, including KCRW’s Press Play, Attack of the Show!, Q, Studio 360, Weekend Edition and many more. 

In 2009, Karina appeared in the ad campaign launching Isaac Mizrahi’s first collection for Liz Claiborne. You can read about it here.

After studying video and film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Karina earned a BFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University.


Selected Clips

Selected Clips

What I've Been Up to Lately

Writing/hosting/producing You Must Remember This, a storytelling podcast about the secret history of 20th century Hollywood, distributed by Panoply.

Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood, to be released in November 2018 by Custom House. 

Hollywood Frame by Frame: Cinema’s Unseen Contact Sheets, book released in September 2014 by Ilex/Princeton Architectural Press

Remembering Mike Nichols." Press Play with Madeline Brand, KCRW, November 20, 2014

Reviewing David Cronenberg’s Consumed for Slate

Chatting with Peter Labuzza on The Cinephiliacs podcast

Talking punk rock girl movies on Bullseye

Talking about baseball on Productive Outs

Reviewing Amy Sohn’s The Actress for Slate

Serpico and the Invention of Hair Acting,” essay included in booklet of Serpico blu-ray, released by Masters of Cinema

Meryl Streep vs. Pauline Kael,” essay for an anthology on Pauline Kael forthcoming from Scarecrow Press

The Legend of Harvey Scissorhands,” Grantland, October 2013

Why does James Franco make people so angry?" Slate, October 2013

Selected clips from the LA Weekly

Video Paradiso: How the best video collection in New York ended up in Sicily (Finalist for the 2012 Livingston Award in International Reporting)

Profiles: Julie Delpy, Woody Allen, Kevin Smith, Sofia Coppola, Elvira, Whit Stillman, Albert Brooks, Miranda July,Judd Apatow

Reviews: Silver Linings PlaybookArgoMagic MikeKaty Perry: Part of MeMy Week With MarilynI’m Still Here

The restoration of Barbara Loden’s Wanda (winner of a 2011 National Entertainment Journalism award)

Sundance’s Rebel Yell (winner of a 2011 Los Angeles Press Club award)

Why LACMA hired Elvis Mitchell as the figurehead of their film program (winner of a 2012 award from the National Association of Black Journalists)

Anne Hathaway and James Franco host the most embarrassing Oscars ever

The Hills

Revisiting Jackie Brown

Enter the Void

John Cassavetes

Michael Rapaport and A Tribe Called Quest

Looking back on Nirvana, Sonic Youth and The Year That Punk Broke

Alex Cox and Straight to Hell

State of the Los Angeles art house

70s American road movies

Why Hollywood loves The Artist

Shirley Clarke’s The Connection

Lady Gaga, live


Six Degrees of Joe Swanberg, Grantland, August 2013

Interview: Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, Grantland, August 2013

Interview: James Toback and Alec Baldwin, Grantland, May 2013

The amazing true story of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Grantland, April 2013

Liz and Dick, Elizabeth and Richard, and the Lifetime movie formula, Slate, November 23, 2012

Ellen Willis book reviews, Slate, September 7, 2012

Avatar and zeitgeist, Vanity, December 14, 2009

A feminist defense of Antichrist, Slate, October 23, 2009

Fake orgasms as romcom device, Slate, August 5, 2009

A brief history of American winners at CannesFilm in Focus, May 14, 2009