Having previously worked specifically as the film curator for the Film Independent at LACMA series, Elvis Mitchell began his role as Film Independent’s curator of year-round programming in July 2014.
Mitchell has hosted The Treatment, with its inside look at the creators of popular culture, since KCRW first aired the program in April of 1996. Mitchell served as the film critic at the New York Times from January 2000 until May of 2005. In October 2002, he gave the prestigious Alain Locke lectures on African American culture at Harvard University and has since been a visiting lecturer at Harvard in Visual and Environmental Studies and African American Studies.
The former entertainment critic for NPR’s Weekend Edition, Mitchell was also film critic at the Fort Worth Star Telegram–where he received the 1999 AASFE award for criticism–LA Weekly and the Detroit Free Press. He has been editor-at-large at Spin magazine and is special correspondent for Interview magazine. He also hosts the TCM interview program Under the Influence.
A WGA Award nominee for his work on The AFI Life Achievement Award: Sidney Poitier, he produced and co-created the NAACP Image Award winning The Black List, Volume One, a documentary focusing on achievement in the African American community that HBO acquired and ran after the film’s debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (where Mitchell has twice served on the Dramatic Competition Jury). Black List Volume Two was carried by HBO in February 2009 and the final installment had its premiere in February 2010.