Amy Taubin is joining the New York Film Festival's Selection Committee. She replaces critic Dennis Lim, who concluded his three-year term.
This year will mark the festival's 50th anniversary, which will run September 28 to October 14, as well as the last year under Film Society of Lincoln Center program director Richard Peña, who has announced that he will step down after the 2012 edition.
The selection committee, chaired by Peña, also includes: Melissa Anderson, contributor, The Village Voice; Scott Foundas, associate program director, FSLC; and Todd McCarthy, critic, The Hollywood Reporter.
"Amy Taubin has been a major influence on American film criticism for several decades, writing with equal fluidity on work ranging from the New American Cinema of the Seventies to the furthest reaches of the avant-garde," said Peña. "Her wide range of interests, as well as her extraordinary knowledge of film history, should prove invaluable to us, and we're delighted to welcome her onto the NYFF Selection Committee."
A contributing editor for Film Comment and Sight & Sound magazines, Taubin is also a frequent contributor to Artforum and Artforum.com and is the author of "Taxi Driver" in the BFI's book series on Classic Films.