Meet the Critics
Bob Koehler
Robert Koehler is a film critic for Variety, and contributes criticism to Cinema Scope and Cineaste film journals and the Christian Science Monitor. A former theater critic for the Los Angeles Times, he has also written reviews, articles and essays for a number of publications including Cahiers du Cinema and Die Tageszeitung. Koehler is a member of FIPRESCI and has served on juries at various festivals including Cannes, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Slamdance, Guadalajara, Palm Springs, Los Angeles Latino, San Francisco Latino and Bermuda. His occasional blogs on cinema can be read at As a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, he serves on the Experimental/Independent award committee, which annually recommends to LAFCA membership the best experimental or independent film that screened in Los Angeles during the past year. He also serves on LAFCA’s Disbursement committee, which plans disbursement of funds. As a programmer for LAFCA’s sponsored ongoing film series, “The Films That Got Away,” Koehler has programmed several films, from Peter Watkins’ “La Commune” to Lisandro Alonso’s “Los Muertos” and Jacques Rivette’s “Out 1,” in cooperation with the UCLA Film Archive, American Cinematheque, Filmforum and the Los Angeles Film Festival. He is currently working on a contribution to an anthology on contemporary cinema.