Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence Introduction
"This series offers a different perspective on actors and filmmakers when they're not promoting a new film," Mitchell says about the series. "Here, we have an opportunity to get actors and filmmakers to offer insights into what they connect to, what they like and don't like, and how those things influence their careers and lives."
When TCM PRESENTS ELVIS MITCHELL: UNDER THE INFLUENCE premiered in July, it received enormous critical acclaim for Mitchell's interviews with Sydney Pollack, Bill Murray, Laurence Fishburne and Quentin Tarantino. The series comes to TCM from executive producer/director Robert Trachtenberg (Role Model: Gene Wilder, Cary Grant: A Class Apart).
Mitchell's extensive list of television appearances includes such programs devoted to classic film as Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer, Baadasssss Cinema, Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade and Cary Grant: A World Apart. He has also guest-hosted for Charlie Rose several times.
Mitchell was film critic for the New York Times for four years, beginning in January 2000. Prior to that, he served as film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for two years, where he won the 1999 American Association of Sunday and Feature Editor's Excellence in Feature Writing Award for criticism. Other positions as film critic include the Detroit Free Press, LA Weekly and California magazine. He has also served as editor-at-large for Spin magazine and has written for Interview, Esquire and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. In 1993, he was nominated for a Writer's Guild of America Award for his contributions to The AFI Achievement Award Tribute to Sidney Poitier.
A graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in English literature, Mitchell is a visiting lecturer on African and African-American studies and visual and environmental studies at Harvard University. In October 2002, at the invitation of Dr. Henry Louis Gates, he gave Alain Leroy Locke lectures for the African-American studies department at Harvard University.