Michael McClellan is a film commentator, historian, and strategist. He has worked within the film industry his entire professional career, and most recently served as the Senior Vice President/Head Film Buyer for Landmark Theatres, the nation’s largest specialized film exhibitor. Prior to his seventeen year tenure at Landmark, Mr. McClellan was a regional film buyer for General Cinema Corporation.
As a life-long film fan and film industry professional, he has seen thousands of movies. He has traveled internationally to film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto, as well as festivals in Sundance, Los Angeles, Chicago, Palm Springs, and Telluride. He has also consulted extensively on the acquisition and marketing of movies with a number of independent film distributors. He has leant his experience to panels at the DGA and American Cinematheque, NPR’s Weekend Edition, served on the jury at OutFest, and was on the board of appeals of the Classification and Ratings Administration of the MPAA for nine years.
He is the co-creator and producer of the Anniversary Classics Series (ACS) with Stephen Farber, currently partnered with Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles.
His latest venture is the new book, CINEMA ’62: The Greatest Year at the Movies, co-authored with Stephen Farber, the past president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the author of four previous books about the movie industry.
CINEMA ’62, published by Rutgers University Press in March 2020, is available now wherever better books are sold.