Former Movieline Critic Elvis Mitchell to Curate New Weekly Film Series

Elvis Mitchell Headshot 2011
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Film Independent and LACMA will produce the new program at the county museum.

Film critic Elvis Mitchell has been named curator of the new weekly film series that Film Independent and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will launch in the fall.

He will be moving to Los Angeles to take up the post July 11. As a full-time staff member at Film Independent, he will work with its programming department and LACMA’s curatorial staff to to program the series, which has the New York Times’ backing as presenting sponsor.

The film series is an effort to revive LACMA’s embattled film offerings, which were almost eliminated two years ago.

Mitchell, who is host of KCRW’s weekly radio series The Treatment,  previously served as film critic for, a post he held for just three months, departing abruptly in April. He’s also worked as a critic for NPR's Weekend Edition, the New York Times, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, LA Weekly and the Detroit Free Press.

Additionally, he produced and co-created the 2008 documentary The Black List: Volume One and its sequel and has served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard. From 2000-2003, he served on Film Independent’s board of directors. 

LACMA CEO Michael Govan said: “Having known Elvis for many years, I am certain that he will bring the perfect intelligence to this new joint screening series that will cross genres, historical periods and cultures. I can't wait to experience his ideas and programs.”

Mitchell commented: “This position is a double reunion for me.  Selling tickets at the Bing Theater at LACMA was my first job in L.A., and to get to return to supervise a program at a place that is an intersection of art and popular culture is a dream come true. The best part of this arrangement is I get to formalize my longtime arrangement with Film Independent. I couldn't be happier. That is, until I get started.”

The current LACMA film program, as well as Film Independent's year-round film series will continue through the fall. LACMA will also continue its Tuesday matinee series and film programs presented in conjunction with special exhibitions.