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October 23, 2007
NEW YORK, NY – The Village Voice is proud to celebrate J. Hoberman’s 30th anniversary at the publication. The longest tenured film critic in the Voice‘s history, Hoberman published his first review on October 24, 1977.
Born and raised in New York City, Hoberman grew up reading about movies in The Village Voice; he has been a Voice staff writer since 1983 and Senior Film Critic since 1988. Throughout his illustrious career Hoberman has garnered several accolades that include the Alternative Press Association’s award for “Best Film Critic,” a National Book Critics Award nomination, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has curated film series’ at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, and Pacific Film Archives (Berkeley), and is a current member of the New York Film Festival selection committee.
Before turning to journalism, Hoberman studied English literature at the State University of New York (Binghamton) and filmmaking at Columbia University. He is affiliated with New York University and Cooper Union. Over the course of his versatile career, he co-directed a mixed media ensemble, made experimental films (one of which was shown at the New York Film Festival), and has written nine books, including the definitive history of Yiddish-language cinema and The Dream Life: Movies, Media and the Mythology of the Sixties. He also co-curated the show “Entertaining America,” one of the most elaborate exhibitions ever presented by the Jewish Museum.
J. Hoberman is “one of the few film writers whose work has no expiration date,” according to The New York Times. The Washington Post has called him “the best of the working film press.” Last year, Time Out New York named Hoberman the best film critic in New York.
“Jim ascribes his longevity to diet and exercise. But I’d kill for his genes,” said Tony Ortega, Voice editor in chief.
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