Lauren Whalen — Biography


Lauren Whalen studied theatre and law but keeps coming back to film.  Her avid and sometimes obsessive moviegoing habit started when she saw Annie at age two, and just got worse after she stumbled upon during a bout with insomnia in college.

Lauren holds degrees from Loyola University Chicago and Northern Illinois University College of Law, and currently serves as Development Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director for Facets Multi-Media, a Chicago nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and showcase of the world’s best foreign, independent and children’s cinema.

When not at Facets or at the movies, Lauren blogs about film, feminism and pop culture on her own site, The Unprofessional Critic, and blogs as the Film Femme for RedEye, a supplement of the Chicago Tribune. Read her ramblings at”