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."