About Edward


Edward Guthmann was a staff writer and film critic at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1984 to 2009. In June 2002 he won national recognition for his film criticism with a citation from The American Society of Feature and Sunday Editors.

His work has won accolades from the California Newspaper Publishers Assn., the San Francisco Cable Car Awards and the San Francisco Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

He is also the writer, director and producer of the documentary “Return to Cameroun.” He wrote the “What I Do” column for the San Francisco Chronicle (www.sfgate.com) from 2009 to 2013. He currently contributes to various publications and is working on a book.

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  20 Responses to “About Edward”

  1. Hi Edward, gosh you’ve aged well. So handsome as usual. I just retired (for the third time) from my job as PMP (project manager). I’m unpacking now in an efficiency apartment in Wilmington, NC where I am going to stay for a month or two while I finish a book I’m writing. Yes, I write. But not like you. I write computer industry ‘how to’ books (although there IS a novel in me, somewhere, which has yet to insist on birth).

    Do you have a facebook account? Apparently I do though I never go there, but my recently discovered half-sister is always etalking about it. Maybe I’ll update it now that I’m ‘retired’.

    Well it is ‘day one’ here so off for that first walk on the beach (beautiful weather outside today) then off for a swim at the YMCA and then back here to finish unpacking and to edit my book.

    Love to you and yours,

    Violet Weed

  2. I agree with Violet… you look wonderful. So does the website and I look forward to perusing it and sharing it with friends.
    Love always,

  3. I couldn’t resist saying hello; I am the daughter of one of your high school teachers, Ed Rougier, and have followed your career as critic in the SF Chronicle for years. Ed was so happy for your success, and proud of you, of course! I’ve enjoyed your writing too and look forward to learning more about your work here. Wishing you all love and blessings…

  4. Hi Edward,

    It has been four years, but I remember you with great appreciation and admiration!
    How you wrote an comprehensive and sensitive essay on ” Miss Tilly” after only two visits,I’ll never know.
    I still have people say, “I read the fantastic piece in the Chronicle!” Thank you for your dedication and
    great skill. It was fun , too!

    I would like to talk to you, if possible, to help me contact the person in charge of the Sunday Chronicle
    Calendar as I will be honored by Michela Alioto-Pier in the Board of Supervisors Meeting on
    Tuesday , November 16 at 3:30 and would hope to be added to this Sunday’s Calendar.

    Thank you, Edward

  5. Dear Edward,

    Oh how I miss you … finally googled you (duh) as emails have been coming back. Hope you had a lovely holiday season — I planned to send a card, but now it’s late, what’s new? I’ll check out your column,
    glad you’re still writing. Check me out on Facebook, OK, since I’ve uploaded some of my articles etc.
    but never have managed to finish my profile. So anyway, let’s get in touch. Who knows? I could come to San Francisco or you may have an occasion to come to Placerville. Cute dog. Awesome, handsome journalist. Do well, my friend. Love, Susana

  6. Edward:

    I am interested and you gave me pause to think (and rethink) about what I do too.

    I would love to have lunch and also our center is having a fundraiser on March 30, 2011 at Yank Sing at the Rincon Annex. You can see a part of the “work” if you’d like to attend let me know.

    Hope to see you soon perhaps at the Club


  7. Please call me about the Aldren Mayfield article. 415-981-2222. thanks

  8. Hi Edward,
    I was reading a review that you did 11 years ago on the movie, “Everything Put Together”, where you called the subject of the film “queasy”. I just thought that was an interesting choice of words and I was wondering if you have come to terms with the fact that SIDS, Stillbirth, Miscarriage and other types of infant loss occur? While it may be nice to live in a politically correct, perfect world where bad things didn’t happen and we didn’t happen…..it’s far worse to be a parent who loses their child to a type of loss that no one wants to talk about, should we make our friends, colleagues or other people “queasy”. Radha Mitchell did a great job portraying a grieving mother, one who I can relate to so well. Hopefully you can grab a bottle of pepto bismol and learn more about the support, education and awareness for Pregnancy and Infant Loss.
    Thank you,
    Lisa W. Brown
    cofounder: Oct 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
    Mommy to Taylor on Earth
    Mommy to Little One and Jackson in Heaven

  9. Edward you put me in touch with Don Doody in 2005, marking the beginning of research on what has become a biography of Clay Shaw. Would you mind if I sent you a link to the book on Kindle and Kindle app? I didn’t want to post it without permission. Thanks.

  10. Wonderful piece on John Kapellas. Like to discuss another possible portrait…The Most Beautiful Woman. I’m in Boise for a week or so, but should get my email. Dan Cooper

  11. I am wondering if someone has taken pictures of or scanned the Clara Bow memorabilia her son sold. For example, is there somewhere where you can download the short stories she wrote? I would particularly like to read the “gothic ghost story” one she wrote. orion1052003@yahoo.com

  12. I come across pieces you wrote in the Advocate & elsewhere from half a life time ago. My most recent Guthmann discovery is the short piece you wrote about Bob Opel after his death, appearing in the Sentinel a few days later. I thought it was very good in its restraint, sadness, immediacy and honesty. There’s more to be said about this, but but it would go on too long if I put it here.. You’re pieces are usually the best things in the newspapers or magazines where they appear.

  13. I come across pieces you wrote in the Advocate & elsewhere from half a life time ago. My most recent Guthmann discovery is the short piece you wrote about Bob Opel after his death, appearing in the Sentinel a few days later. I thought it was very good in its restraint, sadness, immediacy and honesty. You’re pieces are usually the best things in the newspapers or magazines where they appear.

  14. Please contact me regarding the Aldren Mayfield article. 310.491.6165. Urgent.

  15. just as a slightly suareficipl aside my favourite Packaging surely everybody’s is definitely Higgins! those little brown paper packages tied up with string(s?) are certainly one of my favourite things value-added aesthetic experience compare pulling a packet from a supermarket shelf! and it makes me return for the coffee (and tea) so good business too.. and you can have a coffee downstairs in nicely old-fashioned style!

  16. You are such a phenomenal story teellr I felt like I was there while reading your story. And, of course, the pictures so fabulously document the journey. And, the after and before picture is the exclamation point on the end of it all.

  17. Hi Edward, I came across a comment you posted on “You know you’re from West Covina…), I sat in front of you in English class, maybe our freshman year? I remember how exceptionally talented you were as a writer back then and always knew great things would come to you. You made me laugh so hard I almost got kicked out. You let me take your “newspaper” with your reviews, especially “Mary Poppins”to share with my friends and sister. We still use some of the hilarious terms you made up to this day. How wonderful to have found you after all these years and know that you have been having the career and life you so greatly deserve. I’m so happy to have had the chance to let you know how much you impressed me. Kathy Metz

  18. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  19. This piece of writing will help the internet users for setting up new webpage or even a blog from start to end.

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