Beth Hanna is a writer and cinephile living in Los Angeles, with a master’s degree in cinema and media studies from UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree in film studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She is currently writing her third novel.
This fall she returned to AFI FEST 2016 for her fourth consecutive year as an associate film programmer for the festival; she has also programmed for the LA Film Fest and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. She oversaw AFI FEST’s screen education program for two consecutive years, screening a selection of festival titles for middle- and high-school students from across Los Angeles.
She has a variety of experience in film journalism, writing, editing and social media, including working as editor for AFI FESTs 2014-2016, overseeing the festival program’s written content, the FEST Preview featured in the LA Times, and blog; and as newsletter coordinator for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, 2015-2017.
She is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.
From 2011 to 2014 she wrote for Indiewire’s Thompson on Hollywood blog, writing film reviews, reporting on industry news, and conducting interviews and Q&As with a variety of directors and talent.
From 2009 to 2012 she worked in the film programming department at the American Cinematheque, where she programmed the Cinematheque’s first-ever Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Luis Buñuel retrospectives.
The above photo is of Beth with her bad-ass “bridesmaids”/best friends during her and her husband’s LA-noir organized elopement.