To increase the quantity and quality of Art House cinemas in North America.
The idea of the Art House Convergence was born when a group of exhibitors were brought together at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. For two years, this small group of exhibitors met at the Sundance Film Festival to discuss independent film and independent film exhibition.
In 2008, the group expanded and hosted the first Art House Convergence conference in Salt Lake City, UT, with 25 attendees. Over the next several years, the conference attendance grew dramatically and it moved to the Zermatt & Homestead Resorts in Midway, UT. By 2013, the conference attendance reached 350, including several international art houses. The first Regional Seminar was hosted by Cinema Arts Centre in August, 2013. The regional seminars continue to grow in attendance, moving around the country each year, hosted by one or several Art Houses. In 2018, over 630 exhibitors, film festivals, and allied organizations joined for the annual conference in Midway, UT. In partnership with the Film Festival Alliance, the Art House Convergence has welcomed film festivals to the conference with programming and events especially for festivals.
The Art House Convergence, having grown into a year-round organization, relies on several staff members and a huge number of volunteers to coordinate and plan all the events and programs. The organization is based out of and staffed by its founding institution, the Michigan Theater Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI. The organization strives to reflect its core intention, community-based, mission-driven, in all its programs, seminars and conference.
Tori Baker, Salt Lake Film Society
Chapin Cutler, Boston Light & Sound
Ira Deutchman, Columbia University & Emerging Pictures
Mark Fishkin, California Film Institute
Juliet Goodfriend, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Jeffrey Jacobs, Jacobs Entertainment Inc.
Jan Klingelhofer, Pacific Film Resources
Gary Meyer, EatDrinkFilms
Bob Ottenhoff, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Stephanie Silverman, Belcourt Theatre
Dylan Skolnick, Cinema Arts Centre
Kathy Tallman, Coolidge Corner Theatre
John Toner, Renew Theaters
Ronnie Ycong, Spotlight Cinema Networks
Russ Collins, Founding Director
Makenzie Peecook, Conference Manager
Nick Alderink, Digital Media Coordinator
2018 Conference Staff
Sponsorship Director | Barbara Twist, Columbia University
Technical Director | Rachael Barbash, Gateway Film Center
Volunteer Coordinator | Elle Long, Belcourt Theatre
Delegate Relations Coordinator | Adrienne Frank, Jacob Burns Film Center
2018 Conference Co-Chairs
Taylour Chang, Honolulu Museum of Art
Chris Collier, Renew Theaters
2018 Conference Track Heads
Development | Rene Bouchard, Cinema Arts Centre
Education | Andrew Douglas, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and Emily Keating, Jacob Burns Film Center
Marketing | Denise Treco, Jacob Burns Film Center
Programming | Barak Epstein, Texas Theatre, and Dylan Skolnick, Cinema Arts Centre
Operations | Gina Cuomo, Denver Film Society