Switchblade Sisters is a podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week, film critic April Wolfe sits down with a phenomenal female filmmaker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie – a handpicked selection from the worlds of horror, exploitation, sci-fi and many others! Along the way, they cover craft, the state of the industry, how films get made, and more. The first three episodes featured Emily Gordon (The Big Sick), Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation) and Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Saved!).
Wolfe is a Michigander living in and loving the Los Angeles community, a panelist on the film podcast Who Shot Ya? and host of the Switchblade Sisters podcast. An acclaimed critic, Wolfe was named as a finalist for 2017 Journalist of the Year by the LA Press Club for her work through November 2017 as lead film critic of LA Weekly. While at the Weekly, she wrote reviews, investigative features, and profiles, including longform stories on Ava DuVernay, Aubrey Plaza, James Franco, and Laura Dern – DuVernay subsequently wrote that the piece was “the only cover story about myself that’s ever brought me to tears.” Earlier in her career, Wolfe was a story analyst for film production companies and the editor-in-chief of The Picture Professional magazine.
Wolfe is an important voice in film criticism who has been championed by the filmmakers she covers. Whether her platform is a podcast, newspaper or public appearance, she works tirelessly to make the film industry better and more inclusive for everyone. Her reporting and criticism highlights issues that have historically been overlooked such as the far-reaching implications of portrayals of rape on screen, and the very real problem of misogyny and sexual assault within beloved cinematic institutions.
She’s told stories for PRI’s Snap Judgment and written about social justice, music, culture and books for the likes of Marie Claire, The Atlantic, CityLab, Vice, Flaunt, Dame, xoJane, Bullett, Good, Bust, The Portland Mercury, Broken Pencil, The Rumpus, and others. She wrote, produced, and directed the short films Widower, Escalation, and The Test, and is an associate producer of the feature film Molly Takes a Trip, which premiered at the Nashville Film Festival. She is represented by Michelle Brower of Aevitas Creative Management.