Elvis Mitchell Wants LACMA’s Film Program To Cater To All

Source: Susan King / Los Angeles Times

Elvis Mitchell has come full circle: In 1980, he ventured to California after graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit and landed his first job selling tickets for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s film series at the Bing Theater. After years as a movie critic, radio and TV personality, he’s returned to LACMA — as head of the film series at the museum that kicks off this week.

Mitchell, 52, has served as a film critic for the Fort Worth [Texas] Star-Telegram, the LA Weekly, the Detroit Free Press and the New York Times and for the last 15 years has hosted KCRW’s pop culture and film interview program, “The Treatment.”

In 2008, he began his interview series, “Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence,” for Turner Classic Movies and spent a term lecturing at Harvard University. But not infrequently, he seems to have struggled to find a comfortable perch — plans to have him co-host the new version of “At the Movies” fell apart last year; in January he took a criticism job at movieline.com, but three months later that ended as well.

Mitchell says he’s committed to helming Film Independent at LACMA and discussed his plans for the series by phone last week from the Golden Boll Film Festival in Adana, Turkey.

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