Magazine article Variety

Crix Picks Festival's Pics

Magazine article Variety

Crix Picks Festival's Pics

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As well as the obvious professional coup, there's also a practical bonus to David Ansen's appointment as lead programmer for the Palm Springs Inti. Film Festival.

"It's a wonderful fit as I happen to have had a condo in Palm Springs for about 11 years, so it's giving me a good excuse to use it," says Ansen, who was plucked for the position after spending five years as artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and nearly 30 as a film critic for Newsweek.

In addition to employing a host of studio connections and contacts to make the fest come alive with vibrant, cutting-edge content, "once it was announced that I was working for Palm Springs I started to get calls from people offering some very interesting stuff," he says. Ansen's keen critical appreciation for big screen fare has also helped shape the fest.

"It's the same but it's also different," he says of the transition from critic to programmer. "I am still looking at the movies with the same eye that I am as a critic, but you're taking other factors into consideration. You can't just program an entire festival to your taste, it's much more a team sport. …

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