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David Ansen named artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival

November 9, 2009 | 11:15 am

Former Newseek movie critic David Ansen is joining Film Independent, the nonprofit organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Ansen was announced as the new artistic director of the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival this morning. Senior programmer Doug Jones has been promoted to associate director.

“As a consummate movie lover, David is one of the finest critics thinking, watching and writing movies today,” said festival director Rebecca Yeldham in a statement.

Ansen said that he was “tremendously excited to join the Los Angeles Film Festival. For me, it’s a chance to put into action my many years as a movie critic at Newsweek, an experience I hope will contribute to LAFF’s success as a world-class cultural event in Los Angeles."

A critic at Newsweek from 1977 through 2008, Ansen continues to write for the magazine as a contributing editor. He’s written several TV documentaries on such legendary stars as Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor. He’s no stranger to film festivals, having served on juries around the world, including this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival.

The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival runs June 17 through June 27 and is presented by the Los Angeles Times.

-- Susan King