January 16 2013, 07:30pm
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David Denby & Ron Shelton


David Denby & Ron Shelton

David Denby is a staff writer and film critic at the New Yorker. He is the author of the best-selling book Snark, a look at the use and abuse of humor in commentary. In his new book, Do the Movies Have a Future?, Denby argues that the American film industry is at a crisis point. Before joining the New Yorker, he was a film critic at New York Magazine. A former baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles’ minor league team, Ron Shelton is the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and director of Bull Durham and other sports classics such as Tin Cup and White Men Can’t Jump. Shelton received a Peabody Award in 2011 for directing ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary Jordan Rides the Bus, about Michael Jordan’s brief career in minor league baseball.

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