David Ansen named LAFF artistic director

2010 festival begins June 17

David Ansen, the longtime Newsweek film critic, has been named artistic director or the Los Angeles Film Festival, which is produced annually by the indie film organization Film Independent.

In a related move, senior programmer Doug Jones, who has served as senior programmer since 2002, has been promoted to associate director of programming.

"As a consummate movie lover, David is one of the finest critics thinking, watching, and writing about movies today. To have David join our exceptional programming team is a dream come true, and will only further ignite the excitement building around LAFF, its direction, and its future," festival director Rebecca Yeldham said.

"I'm tremendously excited to join the Los Angeles Film Festival. For me, it's a chance to put into action my many years as a movie critic at Newsweek, an experience I hope will contribute to LAFF's success as a world-class cultural event in Los Angeles," Ansen said.

Ansen was Newsweek's movie critic from 1977 through 2008, and continues to write for the magazine as a contributing editor. He's written several documentaries for television on Greta Garbo (TNT), Groucho Marx (HBO), Elizabeth Taylor (PBS), and the Ace Award winning "All About Bette" (Bette Davis) for TNT. He was on the selection committee of the New York Film Festival from 1990 to 1998, and has served on film festival juries around the world, including the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2009.

The 2010 edition of the festival will run from June 17-27.