Jean Oppenheimer has had a checkered career but now leads a fairly focused life, reviewing films for Village Voice Media (formerly New Times) and on FilmWeek, which is broadcast on KPCC 89.3FM (one of L.A.’s National Public Radio stations), as well as on XM Satellite Radio. She is a Contributing Writer at American Cinematographer -- especially proud of her 15-year association with the magazine -- and writes occasional articles for The New York Times syndicate.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Jean attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate and, ten years later, when she needed a break from the real world, headed back to school, studying international relations at Cambridge University (Cambridge, England) and The London School of Economics. She has done absolutely nothing with her prestigious degrees, choosing instead to work in the film industry. Jean spent five years as a story analyst for The Geffen Film Company before becoming a film critic and feature writer. She has served three terms as president of The Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The years between her academic sojourns were spent writing and producing newscasts for WCVB-TV, Boston’s ABC affiliate. That was back in the days when you didn’t have to be embarrassed to say you worked in television news.
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