LACMA film program to be headed by Elvis Mitchell

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Elvis Mitchell, the film critic and host of KCRW’s ‘The Treatment,’ has been named the new head of the film program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The museum’s film program has operated under a cloud of financial uncertainty for close to two years. In April, LACMA announced that it would be teaming with Film Independent -- the organization behind the annual Spirit Awards and the L.A. Film Festival -- to relaunch the series in September.

Mitchell is expected to start his new job on July 11. He will succeed Ian Birnie, who has headed the LACMA film program since 1996. The department was founded by Phil Chamberlin in the late 1960s. Ron Haver took over during the ‘70s, running the program until his death in 1993.

The series, at the museum’s Bing Theater, specializes in old Hollywood movies and foreign auteur cinema. The current program is dedicated to the movies of Tim Burton, in conjuction with the exhibition of the director’s work running through October.


Michael Govan, director of LACMA, said in an interview that ‘Mitchell will interface a lot with the museum. The plan is to have him come to our curatorial meetings.’ Mitchell will be a full-time staff member at Film Independent, not the museum.

Read the full story at the 24 Frames blog.


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