About Me


You can email me at gibsongirl – at – sheilaomalley – dot – com.

I received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s in Acting from the Actors Studio MFA Program. I worked as an actress in productions in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Rhode Island.

I am a regular film critic for Rogerebert.com. My writing has also appeared in Film Comment, The Dissolve, Movie Mezzanine, Fandor, Press Play, Flavorwire, Noir of the Week, and the House Next Door. I have also written essays on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Sudden Fear, His Girl Friday and Love Me Tender for Bright Wall/Dark Room. I’ve contributed to multiple Criterion Collection releases: a video-essay on the career of Gena Rowlands for the Criterion Collection’s release of John Cassavetes’ Love Streams, an essay on Charles Vidor’s 1946 classic, Gilda, and an essay on Jack Garfein’s forgotten masterpiece, 1961’s Something Wild. I wrote the script for the Academy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement tribute reel to Gena Rowlands, read by Angelina Jolie. I also wrote the script for the Academy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement tribute reel to editor Anne V. Coates, read by Diane Lane. My work has also appeared in Salon.com as well as The Sewanee Review, the oldest literary journal in the country, where “Two Birds,” an essay about my father, ran in the Irish Letters issue. List of my writing work here.

My script, July and Half of August has had public readings at Theatre Wit in Chicago and the Vineyard Theatre in New York, plus a workshop in Los Angeles. In 2015, one of the scenes was made into a short film, directed by Brandeaux Tourville and starring Annika Marks and Robert Baker. It had its premiere at the 2015 Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.

I’ve been blogging here since 2002. It’s not a “film blog.” The blog is (and always has been) extremely eclectic. I follow obsessions for sometimes years (Dean Stockwell, Elvis Presley, Supernatural, Cary Grant). I have “regulars” who’ve been reading here since its earliest days. The comments section on my site is not only civil but fun and thought-provoking and engaging. Disagreement is fine and sometimes great, but the nonsense you see elsewhere is not allowed on my site. Keeping people from derailing conversations takes mild moderation on my part, but it’s worth it to those who love discussing things at length. Feel free to join in.

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