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Chatting with Author Rita Kempley

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Rita Kempley, writer, journalist and editor, spent nearly 25 years in the dark as a film critic for The Washington Post. Thousands of screenings later she swears she can review a movie without seeing it. In addition to covering the Cannes and Sundance film festivals, she profiled scores of film personalities. She was also a regular commentator on two local FM-radio shows and hosted “Usual Suspects,” her popular weekly film chats on Washington Post Live Online. She is widely quoted and appears in the documentaries “Jerry Lewis Biography,”(CNBC) “Junket Whores” (Bravo) and “2001: A Space Odyssey” (History Channel). Rita was awarded an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to explore sexuality mythology in American cinema and is the author of five screenplays as well as a futuristic novel entitled The Vessel.