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Elvis Mitchell  

Film Critic & Documentary Producer

Since radio station KCRW first aired "The Treatment" in 1996, Elvis Mitchell has hosted the popular program, which offers an inside look at the creators of popular culture. 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 subsequently been a visiting lecturer at Harvard in Visual and Environmental Studies and in African American Studies.

The former entertainment critic for NPR's "Weekend Edition," Mitchell has also been film critic at the Fort Worth Star Telegram, where he received the 1999 AASFE Award for Criticism, the LA Weekly and the Detroit Free Press. He has been editor-at-large at Spin magazine, is a special correspondent for Interview magazine, and hosts the TCM interview program Under the Influence.

A WGA Award nominee for his work on The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: Sidney Poitier, Mitchell 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 debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (where Mitchell has twice served on the Dramatic Competition Jury). HBO acquired and ran the film, as well its sequel, The Black List, Volume Two, and the final installment in the trilogy, The Black List, Volume Three.

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The Black List: African American Achievement

Pop Culture: An Inside Look at Its Creators

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