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Elvis Mitchell Replaces David Ansen as Film Independent Curator

David Ansen has stepped down as artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Elvis Mitchell will assume his role in the newly created post of Film Independent Curator.

Mitchell will be responsible for programming the festival, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, along with Film Independent at LACMA.

Ansen has been the festival’s artistic director for the past five years, since the event moved downtown from Westwood. This year’s festival opened with “Snowpiercer” and closed with “Jersey Boys.”

Mitchell has hosted the film program at LACMA for the past three years. He’s been the film critic for NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the LA Weekly and the Detroit Free Press.

“I’m grateful to David for bringing his critical eye and international taste,” Los Angeles Film Festival Director Stephanie Allain said. “Unifying the Festival and our year-round programming under Elvis’ remarkable vision will facilitate Film Independent’s mission to support a community of diverse, innovative and unique-minded artists. I can’t wait to deepen our collaboration and am excited about the future of the Festival.”

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