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Louisiana International Film Festival Appoints Former LACMA Film Curator Ian Birnie as Programming Director

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 28, 2013 at 12:14PM

The Louisiana International Film Festival (April 18-21) is quickly approaching, and has announced its appointment of former LACMA film curator Ian Birnie as its programming director. The fest will announce its full slate on April 1 -- no foolin'!
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Ian Birnie
Ian Birnie

The Louisiana International Film Festival (April 18-21) is quickly approaching, and has announced its appointment of former LACMA film curator Ian Birnie as its programming director. The fest will announce its full slate on April 1 -- no foolin'!

Birnie served as LACMA's Film Department director for 14 years, and has had a hand in programming various prestigious international fests such as Toronto, Bangkok and Palm Springs. He joins LIFF's previously announced co-artistic directors Jeff "The Dude" Dowd and Dan Ireland.

Birnie stated that "the final lineup will spotlight three themes that reflect the cultural and social history of Louisiana: Francophone films – namely films from France, Quebec, the Middle East and Africa; films that deal with environmental issues – both to honor Earth Day (April 22) and to reflect Louisiana's activist interest in its own habitat; and music films that encompass a range of styles, including Doo Wop,  Jazz, the Blues, and Italian Opera."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.