Less than a month after Stephanie Zacharek announced she was leaving the Village Voice to be Time’s film critic, the Voice has announced a new hire: Melissa Anderson. Formerly the film editor at Time Out New York, Anderson has spent the last six years writing for Artforum, Film Comment and Sight & Sound, among other venues, and served on the New York Film Festival’s selection committee from 2009 to 2012. In the position of the Voice’s Senior Film Critic, she will write about new releases and also pen a weekly column, “Screen Captured,” devoted to New York’s repertory film scene.
Here’s the complete announcement:
The Village Voice is pleased to announce that Melissa Anderson has been named to the position of senior film critic. A Voice contributor since 2000, Anderson is one of the country’s most incisive, exciting, and knowledgable film critics. Starting with our December 9 issue, she will be writing the weekly column “Screen Captured,” in which she will survey New York’s boundlessly busy repertory and arthouse film scene. Anderson also will be reviewing new releases.
“Thinking and writing about current films offers its own pleasures, and I’m thrilled that I’ll be joining Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and LA Weekly chief film critic Amy Nicholson to weigh in on new releases every week,” Anderson says. “But what most excites me is having a platform to call attention to the extraordinary repertory offerings available in New York and to share my enthusiasms with the Voice’s astute readers.”
Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl adds, “The Voice has always been dedicated to covering as much as we can of New York’s mad glut of wonderful film programming. There’s no one I trust more on that beat than Melissa Anderson. Her weekly column is a gift to the city and to film lovers everywhere.”
A member of the New York Film Critics Circle, Anderson is a regular contributor to Artforum and Bookforum and has also written for Film Comment and Sight & Sound. She was the film editor of Time Out New York from late 2005 until early 2009 and was a member of the selection committee of the New York Film Festival from 2009 to 2012.<