The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today this year's New York Film Festival selection committee will welcomes a new member as film critic Melissa Anderson joins The Film Society's Richard Pena and Kent Jones and critics Scott Foundas and J. Hoberman in choosing the approximately two-dozen features that will make up the 2009 slate.
"Melissa Anderson is one of the most perceptive critics writing in America today," said Pena, program director at The Film Society and New York Film Festival selection committee chairman, in a statement. "She will, I'm sure, be invaluable to the New York Film Festival."
Anderson has been a film critic in New York since 2000, when she began writing regularly for The Village Voice. She was film editor and a film critic at Time Out New York from November 2005 to January 2009. She is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and a frequent contributor to Film Comment magazine.
"The New York Film Festival has always been--and will always be--the premiere cinema event of our city, one where I've had some of my most fantastic movie-going experiences," said Anderson, who is introducing a Saturday, Feb. 28, screening of Robert Aldrich's "The Killing of Sister George" during the Film Society's Film Comment Selects series. "It's a true honor to serve on the selection committee."
She replaces Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, who completed her five-year term on the selection committee last year.
Additionally, the 47th New York Film Festival will mark the 60th year of the People's Republic of China with the first major U.S. retrospective of cinema produced during the so-called "Seventeen Years." The period, between establishment of the People's Republic in 1949 and the beginnings of the Cultural Revolution in 1966, "was a time of intense political and aesthetic ferment when the arts, film in particular, were searching for a relevant and influential voice within the newly Socialist society," as noted by the Film Society.
It was also officially announced that the New York Film Festival will return to its traditional home, the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall, for its 47th edition, Sept. 25 - Oct. 11.