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David Ansen named lead programmer of Palm Springs International Film Festival

David Ansen named lead programmer of Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival attracts dozens of Oscar hopefuls to its red carpet every year, but now they'll have a luminary working behind the scenes, too. On Thursday, the festival announced it had hired former Newsweek film critic David Ansen as lead programmer. Ansen will work alongside six programmers under Palm Springs' artistic director, Helen Du Toit, to put together the event's slate. Ansen most recently served as artistic director for the Los Angeles Film Festival, where he began working in 2009 — a year after leaving Newsweek, where he'd served as film critic since 1977. While at LAFF, Ansen often expressed a...

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