You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

David Overbey

Critic and film programmer David Overbey died of an apparent heart attack Dec. 16 in Toronto. He was 62.

Associated with the Toronto Intl. Film Festival since 1977, he had distinctive and eclectic tastes that earned him a unique reputation among critics, film programmers and the acquisition community. For the past decade he also served on the selection committee of Cannes’ Critics Week.

Born in Detroit, Overbey pursued an academic career, earning a Ph.D. in English literature from Tulane U. Upon graduation he taught courses on 19th century authors at California State U. Chico, and became the institution’s first film professor when it formed a department of mass communications.

His growing interest in film led to gigs hosting a television show on classic cinema and a twice-weekly radio program of film reviews.

Frustrated by a lack of opportunities in the U.S., Overbey relocate to Paris in the early 1970s (he often credited director Fritz Lang with encouraging him to make the move). He took to the new environment immediately, becoming the English-language editor of Cinema de France and hosting a radio show on film.

He also became the chief reviewer for the alternative magazine Paris Metro, and wrote books on the Italian neo-realists (“Springtime in Italy”) and Filipino cinema.

Though cited for his championing of new Asian cinema and bringing gay cinema to a wider audience, Overbey was equally active about encouraging new talent from France, Italy, the U.K. and the U.S., embracing early films from such diverse talent as John Woo, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Lothar Lambert, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Gaspar Noe and Quentin Tarantino.

A memorial for Overbey will be held Jan. 8 in Toronto. The festival has requested that donations in his name be made to either Casey House or the Michael Plexman Foundation.

More Scene

  • Amandla Stenberg and Sofia CarsonVanity Fair

    Oscar Week Kicks Off With Vanity Fair's New Hollywood Party

    The night was definitely still young on Tuesday at Vanity Fair’s New Hollywood party in Los Angeles. The magazine kicked off Oscar week with a party—the first of its three-event Campaign Hollywood series—at Ysabel to celebrate new and emerging Hollywood talent. Co-hosted by Yalitza Aparicio, Henry Golding and Amandla Stenberg along with VF’s west coast [...]

  • Oscars Ultimate Party Guide

    Oscar's Ultimate Party Guide 2019

    Welcome to Oscar week. It’s the time of year when Hollywood’s film industry celebrates all things movies. But it’s certainly not just the big show everyone is looking forward to. With voting closed, it’s all about the parties now. Who’s doing what and where and when are they doing it are the questions everyone is [...]

  • Yalitza AparicioTeen Vogue Young Hollywood Party,

    'Roma' Star Yalitza Aparicio, 'Central Park Five's' Jharrel Jerome Sound Off on Trump

    Yalitza Aparicio recently reunited with Alfonso Cuarón, who directed her in “Roma,” for a W magazine photo project that featured her standing at various barriers built at the border between Mexico and the United States. The message? “You can make a name for yourself despite the differences,” Aparicio told Variety on Friday at Teen Vogue’s Young [...]

  • Karl LagerfeldChanel Paris-Londres 2007/8 Show, London,

    Legendary Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85

    Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion icon – and iconoclast – who outfitted and photographed such stars as Nicole Kidman and Lady Gaga, has died. He was 85. Lagerfeld died in Paris, fashion house Chanel said. Although his health had been failing, he kept working up to his death, issuing instructions regarding Fendi’s fall ready-to-wear collection, which [...]

  • Eric Wareheim, 'The Simpsons' E.P. Matt

    Beefsteak Gathers Comedy Bigwigs for Meat and Mayhem

    The masterminds behind Beefsteak, a debauched tribute to the meaty arts that raises thousands for the Los Angeles Food Bank, switch things up each year so that guests are never bored. Organized by comedy players including Eric Wareheim, “The Simpsons” executive producer Matt Selman, and ABC Studios VP of comedy Cort Cass with Redbird chef Neal [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron71st Annual Writers Guild Awards,

    Alfonso Cuarón on Academy's 'Inevitable' Reversal on Televised Oscar Categories

    Alfonso Cuarón isn’t exactly surprised that the Academy reversed its decision and will now air all the Oscar categories during the live show on Sunday. Feb. 24. Calling the decision “inevitable,”Cuarón tells Variety that he thinks the Academy should take things even further. “Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he told Variety on Sunday night [...]

  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA - February 16

    San Francisco Symphony Ushers in Chinese New Year With Glitzy Gala

    As legend has it: among the Chinese Zodiac’s 12 animals, the pig comes last because it was the final one to arrive to a party thrown by the Jade Emperor — lazy sauntering being a characteristic trait of the animal. The folktale was perhaps less fitting this past Saturday evening, as the San Francisco Symphony [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content