The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that film critic and editor Dennis Lim will join the New York Film Festival's selection committee, replacing Kent Jones, who, until recently, was The Film Society's associate director of programming and a member of the Festival's selection committee.
ollowing The Film Society's Richard Pena and critics Scott Foundas, J. Hoberman and newest member Melissa Anderson in choosing the approximately twenty plus features that will make up the 2009 slate.
"Dennis is one of the most original voices in film criticism," remarks Pena, program director at The Film Society and NYFF selection committee chairman, in a statement. "Comfortable with an exceedingly wide range of films, he brings fresh and often surprising points of view to his writing on cinema that challenges traditional orthodoxies."
Dennis Lim is the editor of Moving Image Source, the online publication of the Museum of the Moving Image. He writes frequently for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and was a film critic at The Village Voice from 1998 to 2006, as well as its film editor from 2000 to 2006. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics, and he teaches in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University.
"The New York Film Festival has held a special place in local and global film culture for decades," said Lim in a statement. "It's been an event of enormous significance to me as a film lover and a film journalist, and I'm truly honored to be on the selection committee."