Born in Iran and raised in Canada, Tina Hassannia is a freelance writer who specializes in film, culture, and psychology. She’s a regular panelist on CBC Radio’s Q, the author of Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema, and was the Executive Editor of Movie Mezzanine. A member of the Toronto Film Critics Association, Tina has written for a variety of publications, including The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, Roger Ebert, National Post, Variety, The Village Voice, CBC, The Guardian, and VICE. She has also worked in digital communications with a decade of work experience under her belt, with positions in the Canadian and Ontario governments, IBM, and the Canadian Institute of Health Information. In her spare time, Tina escapes the digital era’s information overload by reading books in print, meditating, and swimming in natural bodies of water.
Featured writing and appearances:
Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder: the elusive magic of bringing stage to screen
Rolling Thunder Revue: Bob Dylan and Martin Scorsese make a mockumentary
The untold labor behind Charlie Chaplin’s film scores: A look at auteurist myth-making
An appreciation of the underappreciated Elaine May.
Celebrating 30 years of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Reflections on Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, Jonathan Demme, and experimental cinema.
Another Way of Being a Woman: My Girl Friday.
A Star Is Role-Played: How Dungeon Master Spencer Crittenden Became the Lord of Harmonquest.
Celebrating the cinema of Kelly Reichardt.
On Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold, and Movies about Technology.
In Elevator to the Gallows, Miles and Malle Found their Grooves.
Dial R for Rohmer.
Dungeons & Dragons: A source of female empowerment.
Why motherhood is not for everyone and shouldn’t have to be.
Whit Stillman’s Barcelona: What It Means To Be A Good Person.
A feature on why there aren’t more women-directed films available on home video.
Daring to be different in Unit B at the NFB.
The women in Abbas Kiarostami’s cinema.
Are you afraid of an oral history?
Animal Urges and Existential Hellholes: Joel Potrykus’ Buzzard and Beyond.
Backstreet’s Back: A Critic’s Story.