Palm Springs Film Fest names David Ansen lead programmer

The former Newsweek film critic and artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival joins festival artistic director Helen du Toit and a team of programmers as it gears up for the January 2016 edition.
September 3, 2015

Former Newsweek film critic, Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director and documentary screenwriter David Ansen is joining the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) as its lead programmer.

Under the direction of the fest’s artistic director Helen du Toit, Ansen and a team of six programmers will acquire films for the fest from U.S. and international distributors and sales agents, and will be a key member of the selection committee for films submitted from outside sources.

Ansen had served as film critic for Newsweek from 1977 to 2008, and has written for myriad other publications including The New York Times, Interview magazine and Entertainment Weekly. He also wrote several documentaries about assorted celebrities for various networks including TNT, HBO and PBS, and was part of the selection committee for the New York Film Festival from 1990-1998.

“I’m thrilled to have someone with David’s vast scope and depth of knowledge about film join us as a key member of the PSIFF programming team,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald in a statement.

The next edition of the festival takes place from January 1-11, 2016.

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