Born and raised in Colombia, Manuel Betancourt is a contributing editor at Film Quarterly, where he publishes his column, “Cineando,” all about Latin American cinema, a regular contributor to Electric Literature, where he focuses on book-to-film adaptations, and a featured critic over at ThatShelf. His personal essay column “Movie-Made Gay,” published in Catapult, tackled the films and pop culture that shaped his identity as a gay man. His work has been featured in the New York Times, BuzzFeed Reader, The Los Angeles Times, Film Comment, Esquire, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books and Remezcla, among others. He is the author of Judy at Carnegie Hall (2020)
, a 33 1/3 book on the cultural impact of the iconic 1961 Grammy award-winning double album and a contributor to Chad Sell’s critically acclaimed and Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel The Cardboard Kingdom
(2018). He is a member of GALECA, The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, as well as a founding member of LEJA, Latino Entertainment Journalists Association. In 2019 he was selected to be the Writer in Residence at the Sundance Institute’s Documentary and Story Edit Lab. Manuel holds a doctorate degree in English Literatures from Rutgers University.