A Message from Tallgrass Film Association’s New Executive Director
Hello friends, supporters and patrons of Tallgrass Film! I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to introduce myself to you, and share a bit about what excites me most about being the new Executive Director. I’m still really new and have not had a chance to meet most of you in person just yet.
I am a long-time arts administrator and I worked in the performing arts (opera and choral music) for many years.
One of the organizations that I managed, Conspirare, won a Grammy three years ago. I have been very lucky to have worked with a lot of world-class artists and to have programmed some amazing things over the years. Most recently I was the Executive Director of Tropic Cinema in Key West, a small art house cinema of some notoriety. This was my entrée into the film world.
I love all the arts, but my passions are music and movies. In particular, I love independent film. For me, great filmmaking is really all about great story-telling and I am continually fascinated by the number of truly wonderful filmmakers who are able to do this. There is some really terrific art being created, often with extremely limited budgets and resources. Film is such an exciting, compelling art form and it’s one that is now in the reach of almost anyone who wants to take a stab at making a movie. At the same time, the marketplace and the channels for getting films out to the public are all in an uproar. The landscape seems to change on a daily basis.
Now more than ever organizations like Tallgrass are needed to provide an outlet for independent film, to support filmmakers and to make the public aware of what they’re doing. We are also quite keen to foster the development of young filmmakers. I hope that you’ll continue to support our efforts by participating in Down to the Wire, by coming to our community events and especially by coming to the Tallgrass Film Festival. We’re going to have some exceptional films this fall and, as always, we’ll be throwing one heck of a party. It’s not to be missed.
I’m very much looking forward to beginning this new chapter with all of you. Please feel free to reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.