Louisa's passion for the cinema began at an early age, when she saw “Star Wars" in 1977. Soon after, she would sneak downstairs at 6 am on Sunday mornings to quietly watch “At the Movies” with Siskel and Ebert. As a child, Louisa didn’t want Barbie dolls or Matchbox cars; she was the strange kid who always asked for subscriptions to film magazines for Christmas and movie posters for her birthday.
Growing up in a small town meant limited options for the theatrical experience, so she spent most of her childhood repeatedly watching a very large and lovingly-maintained VHS tape library. Movies remained a central part of her life over the years, and her love affair with film blossomed at American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a dual degree in Cinema Studies and Print Journalism.
Louisa is a champion of independent cinema and a longtime voter for the Independent Spirit Awards. The Sundance Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival and San Diego Comic Con are yearly trips for this self-proclaimed movie geek. She continues to attend film festivals across the globe, including South by Southwest, Tribeca, TIFF, and Cannes.
Louisa is the co-founder of Screen Zealots, President of the Online Association of Female Film Critics, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Her all-time favorite movie is "Wall-E."