The MetFilm School has launched the Dan Demissie Voices That Matter scholarship, which is designed to support the next generation of black filmmakers, recognizing the importance of accessibility and equality within the screen industry. Film producer Dan Demissie died last July at the age of 37.
Though the numbers are certainly on an upward trend, it’s still rare to find women in professional audio, especially one as prominent as Sara Glaser, CAS. Having gotten her start in the industry in college as a recording engineer nearly 20 years ago, Glaser’s major successes can be found in her work as a production sound mixer for feature films and episodic television. Some of her most recent credits include Westworld, Grey’s Anatomy, Feud: Bette and Joan and the Netflix feature film, Rim of the World.
On July 14, Made In Her Image, Panavision, Light Iron and Lee Filters presented the virtual roundtable discussion “Through Her Lens: Creating a Truly Inclusive Film Industry.” Moderated by Made In Her Image founder Malakai and featuring cinematographers Mia Cioffi Henry, Melinda James, Kira Kelly, Cybel Martin, Keitumetse Mokhonwana and Sade Ndya, the conversation addressed inequities within the motion-picture industry through the lens of women of color behind the camera.
Canadian production services and equipment rental house Inspired Image has appointed James Martin as chief strategy officer. A 20-year industry executive, Martin will focus primarily on business expansion and diversification. He will lead a new effort to develop strategic partnerships, add products and services, and grow the company’s presence across Canada. Previously, Martin was chief strategy officer at Sim International.
The European cinema trade group International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) today launched the fourth edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Program, a twelve-month mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition.
The American Society of Cinematographers board of governors has elected a new slate of officers, elevating Stephen Lighthill to president of the organization. The board also voted in vice presidents Amy Vincent, Bill Bennett, and John Simmons; treasurer Levie Isaacks; secretary Gregg Heschong; and sergeant-at-arms David Darby.
ShowBiz Cinemas has added five new members to its corporate office management team: Jeremy Devine as vice president of marketing and content, Aron Barr as vice president of information technology, Chris Younts as vice president of construction, Jalynn Crummel as director of purchasing, and Wesley Cribb as director of food and beverage.
Denver-based distributor Fathom Events has named former AMC Entertainment executive Letha Steffey head of marketing. With a passion to revitalize and grow brands, Steffey has held executive marketing positions across industries, including Hallmark Cards and ADT Security Services, where she led the modernization of the ADT brand and launched the “Feel Safe” campaign.
Graham Spurling is director of Movies@Cinemas in Ireland and managing director of Spurling Group Cinemas. He was also a founding board member of the Event Cinema Association. His company currently operates four theatres across country with a total of 34 screens. He has been involved in exhibition since shortly after graduating from Welsley College.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas announced today that Shelli Taylor will assume the role of chief executive officer, effective May 1. Taylor spent almost twenty years as an executive with Starbucks, and most recently served as president of United Planet Fitness Partners, overseeing over 169 facilities across the country.