About Karina


Karina Longworth is a writer based in Los Angeles.

In 2014, Karina created You Must Remember This, a storytelling podcast dedicated to the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood in the 20th Century, which she writes, narrates and edits from her home office. One of the top TV & Film podcasts on iTunes, You Must Remember This has explored topics as varied as the life and death of horror legend Val Lewton, Isabella Rossellini in the 1990s, and Frank Sinatra’s 1980 concept album about visiting outer space.

She is 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 she served as an editor and film critic at the LA Weekly and Village Voice, and she has contributed as a freelancer to GrantlandVanity Fair, The Guardian UKNew York MagazineTimeOut New York, indieWIRE, Slate, The Daily Beast and other print and online publications. 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 is 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 has 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 Attack of the Show!, QStudio 360, Weekend Edition and many more. She is featured in the 2007 documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism

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.

This is Karina’s personal blog, and nothing posted here is necessarily endorsed by her employers/contractees, although some posts here may endorse the work she does under the auspices of said contracts.