Film critic David Ansen has been named Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent, which produces the annual event announced Monday. He will be on board for the 2010 event, taking place in June, and is filling the position held by Rachel Rosen who recently joined as head programmer for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Additionally, Senior Programmer Doug Jones has been promoted to Associate Director of Programming at LAFF.
Ansen served as Newsweek‘s movie critic from 1977 – 2008, and continues to write for the publication 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. Ansen is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and is a three-time winner of the Page One Award from the Newspaper Guild of New York. He’s written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Film Comment, Interview, Cineaste, and other publications.
Doug Jones has been with Film Independent since 2002, joining as senior programmer for the Los Angeles Film Festival. He has written on film and the festival circuit for indieWIRE, Film Comment, Twitch, flatbed, and other publications. Jones is currently on the nominating committee for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. Previously, he curated films for the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis, the Mill Valley Film Festival in Northern California, the Noise Pop Film Festival in San Francisco. From 1996 to 2001, Jones was Film and Video Programmer for the San Francisco Film Society and San Francisco International Film Festival.
“As a consummate movie lover, David is one of the finest critics thinking, watching, and writing about movies today,” commented LAFF’s director Rebecca Yeldham in a statement. “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.”
The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival runs June 17 through June 27.