Elvis Mitchell

*Elvis Mitchell, who has been programming Film Independent’s screenings at the Los Angles County Museum of Art, has been named to a new year-round position as Film Independent Curator, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the new role, he will also be responsible for programming the Los Angeles Film Festival as well as Film Independent’s other programming initiatives.

Mitchell, who has overseen the Film Independent program at LACMA for the past three years, also hosts “The Treatment” at KCRW, served as the film critic at the New York Times from January, 2000 to May, 2005, and previously has written as film critic at the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Detroit Free Press.

He’ll succeed David Ansen, who is stepping down after five years as artistic director of the festival.

“I’ve been cheered by the reaction to what I’ve done with Film Independent at LACMA, and the organizational support I’ve received in pursuing it,” Mitchell said. “I’m honored to be asked by Stephanie Allain – whom I’ve long admired – to add to the scope of my programming purview at Film Independent. I salute David Ansen for his work with the Festival, and look forward to continuing to follow his example.”