Critic turns curator for LACMA series

Elvis Mitchell will relocate to Los Angeles

Elvis Mitchell has been named curator for the new Film Independent film series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The film series will be a weekly event starting in the fall with the New York Times as presenting sponsor.

Mitchell will relocate to Los Angeles and join Film Independent full time on July 11. Former New York Times film critic Mitchell, who hosts KCRW’s weekly radio series “The Treatment,” was reportedly fired from his last critic gig at Movieline in April after just three months. Prior to Movieline, he was set to co-host “Ebert Presents at the Movies” but parted ways with the show before it aired.

Film Independent, which produces the Spirit Awards and the L.A. Film Fest, and LACMA will work together to select films that promote cinematic dialogue and show artistic achievement.

“Selling tickets at the Bing Theater at LACMA was my first job in L.A., and to get to return to supervise a program at a place that is an intersection of art and popular culture is a dream come true,” Mitchell said in a statement.

Both the film series presented by LACMA and Film Independent and LACMA’s current film program will run as scheduled through the fall.