Karen Jaehne

Karen Jaehne, film critic, playwright, festival programmer and film executive, died Jan. 21 at her home in Ossining, N.Y., following a long battle with cancer. She was 51.

Jaehne reviewed films for many years for Daily Variety, especially at European festivals. She had also been on the staff of the New York Post and was a longtime contributing editor to the scholarly magazine Cineaste. Her work appeared in many other publications as well, and she was resident critic and editor at FilmScouts Online.

Her play “Beauty Is the Beast” was produced at Playwright’s Horizons in New York in March 1997. At the time of her death, Jaehne was at work on “As Others See Us,” a book about Americans seen through the eyes of European filmmakers.

As director of development at SpectraFilm (1986-89), she developed pics “Tokyo Pop,” “Sticky Fingers” and “Too Outrageous.” She produced three movies: “Jack & His Friends,” “Walls & Bridges” and docu “The Chelsea Hotel.”

Jaehne programmed the “Women Make Movies” film series at the Kennedy Center in Washington (1981-86). She also curated various series of foreign films for the Smithsonian.

She is survived by her husband, Rick McKim, a marketing exec with Sony Music in New York; her daughter, Charlotte Latham; her mother; and a brother.

A memorial service will be held in New York City for friends and colleagues at a later date.