|Born||Louis J. Lumenick
September 11, 1949
Astoria, Queens, United States
Life and career
Lumenick was born and raised in Astoria, Queens. He attended City College of New York (CCNY) and took filmmaking courses at The New School. He previously worked at The Hartford Times, a defunct newspaper in Connecticut, and The Record in New Jersey, reviewing films over a nine-year span for the latter. He was metropolitan editor at the Post before taking the film reviewer position.
In 2007 he was inducted into the CCNY Communications Hall of Fame. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. Lumenick and Farran Smith Nehme conceived and created "Shadows of Russia," a 20-film series that aired in January, 2010, on Turner Classic Movies. He also appeared as an on-air TCM guest programmer on October 2010 as part of the Critic's Choice film series, introducing The Last Flight and All Through the Night with Robert Osborne. His essay on It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is included in The Criterion Collection's January 2014 release of the film.
At the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, an audience member yelled at film critic Roger Ebert and "whacked him on the knee" with a program during a movie screening of Slumdog Millionaire, when Ebert tapped him on the shoulder because he could not see the subtitles. Ebert did not name the assaulter, who apparently did not recognize Ebert or realize he could not speak, but the New York Daily News revealed it was Lumenick.
- Lumenick, Lou (September 13, 1992). Fall Preview '92. The Record
- Staff Report (May 30, 2007). Post's Lumenick Now a Luminary. New York Post