Laura Swanbeck is a freelance writer in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Currently a film critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, she has industry experience working at Boston Casting, Triggerstreet Productions, and Traction Media where she gained an insider’s perspective on independent and studio filmmaking. A staunch cinephile and firm believer in film as a reflection of society at large, her writing highlights groundbreaking independent cinema, minority filmmakers, and the underlying contradictions in mainstream movies. She specializes in Italian neorealism, the French New Wave, and American film noir and is also an avid supporter of the Bay Area’s independent film scene. You can reach her at llswanbeck@gmail.com.


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