DigitalMendocino Film Festival Puts Claudia Puig on the MarqueeFormer USA Today chief film critic is event's new program director.By Richard Horgan|December 26, 2016ShareBy Richard Horgan|December 26, 2016ShareFormer USA Today chief film critic and current president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) Claudia Puig has an exciting new task to look forward to in 2017. Deciding which films will screen at the 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival in northern California.The event, set for June 1-4, has hired the well-liked Puig as its new program director. At this year’s event, Puig introduced several films. From the announcement:”We are thrilled to have Claudia onboard,” says Michael Fox, executive director of the Mendocino Film Festival. “Her vision for the film festival aligns perfectly with ours, and we can’t wait to present her program in Mendocino.”Adds Puig: “The audiences in Mendocino are always so engaged and lively and appreciative of good, smart films. Mendocino and the wine country are very special to me. The location is beautiful and the festival has historically programmed really good films. I’m excited to keep up that tradition and explore films that will captivate the audience.”In a nice press-release touch, the Mendocino Festival folks asked Puig to name some of her favorite films from recent years. One is the feature documentary Hooligan Sparrow. Puig is currently also one of the film critics heard on Larry Mantle’s weekly public radio program FilmWeek.Previously on FishbowlNY: Claudia Puig Takes the USA Today BuyoutPhoto courtesy: Mendocino Film Festival Sharehttp://adweek.it/2hqV4pC copy Richard Horgan@hollywoodspinRichard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.