Alison Kozberg has worked in art house film exhibition for over a decade. She has managed and contributed to film programs, symposia, and special events for museums including the Getty Research Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), and the Walker Art Center and has long been devoted to supporting independent cinemas, such as the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, where she began her career as an Operations Manager and The Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, SC, where she served as Director. Alison has been a board member of Los Angeles Filmforum, Southern California’s oldest continuously operating exhibitor of experimental film, since 2012. A specialist in the history of art house and alternative film exhibition, Alison holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California.
Makenzie Peecook, Conference Manager
Makenzie Peecook joined the team at Art House Convergence in 2016 as Program Coordinator and became Conference Manager in 2017. She has worked with the Michigan Theater Foundation (MTF) in Ann Arbor, MI, since 2013, including as a programmer and Operations Coordinator for the Cinetopia Film Festival. She got her start in art house exhibition working as a MTF House Manager while studying film and communications at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a B.A. in 2015.
Miriam Bale, Conference Co-Chair
Miriam Bale is the Artistic Director of the Indie Memphis Film Festival. She also writes film criticism for W magazine. She has written on film for the New York Times, The New Republic, Sight and Sound, Film Comment, Filmmaker, The Hollywood Reporter, and many other publications. She has organized film series at Anthology Film Archives, BAMCinématek, Maysles Documentary Center, Yerba Buena Arts Center, and Flaherty NYC. Bale was the founding director of the La Di Da Film Festival in New York. Before working in film, she organized education programs at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and was a music industry talent scout in London.
Michael Orange, Conference Co-Chair
Michael Orange is the founder of MATATU Nomadic Cinema, a cultural experience vehicle that mimics rural share taxis as a mode of publicly accessible transportation. The platform shuttles local communities and global diasporas from one art house experience to the next, engaging in public inquiry around the role of the African Diaspora in a contemporary urban American context. He is also a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellow, an Association of Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellow, an executive producer of “Neptune Frost,” a Sci-Fi film directed by longtime collaborator Saul Williams, and co-producer of PolicyLink’s “We, the 100 Million Initiative,” a portrait of systemic inequity and economic insecurity in the United States.
Russ Collins, Founding Director
Russ Collins is a non-profit arts administrator with an entrepreneurial approach to management. Since 1982, he has grown the Michigan Theater Foundation (MTF) in Ann Arbor, into an internationally recognized community-based, mission-driven arts organization. Operating two restored historic theaters: Michigan Theater – 1920s era movie palace; State Theatre – 1940s cinema style theater. They each operate 365-days each year as elegant, non-profit arts facilities. The MTF is widely recognized as an outstanding independent cinema exhibitor and performing arts venue. In 2008, in participation with the Sundance Film Festival, Russ founded the Art House Convergence – a dynamic professional society for independent cinema operators. In 2012, he started the Cinetopia Festival, the international film festival for the Detroit metropolitan area.
Dan Hudson, Co-Chair, Art House Theater Day
A graduate of Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program, Dan Hudson has over eight years of professional experience working with arts nonprofits in Seattle. His thesis used Art House Theater Day 2016 as the foundation for research on art houses’ sustainability. His programming for the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle’s University District was profiled by The Stranger in March 2018. He is also Managing Director of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).
Rocío Mesa, Co-Chair, Art House Theater Day
Rocío Mesa is the director of LA OLA – Independent Films From Spain, a showcase of the best contemporary Spanish cinema in Los Angeles (American Cinematheque), New York (Anthology Film Archives) and Mexico City (Cineteca Nacional), celebrating its 5th edition in 2019. Mesa as worked as Associate Programmer for the LA Film Festival and has collaborated with art house theaters including the Echo Park Film Center and Now Instant Image Hall.
Dylan Skolnick, Community Forum Moderator
Dylan Skolnick is Co-Director at the Cinema Arts Centre, Long Island’s leading venue for alternative film. There he programs and supervises the Cinema’s monthly film programs and acclaimed series, including “Cinema Showcase,” “Anything But Silent,” and “Real-to-Reel Documentaries.” These groundbreaking series have given the Centre its reputation for quality, artistic integrity, and ingenuity in presenting independent film to the public. He maintains the Centre’s forty-plus year focus on using film to expand the awareness and understanding of Long Islanders to the vital local and global issues facing our society.
The Cinema Arts Centre Co-Directors have received honors for community impact from many organizations, including the Long Island Progressive Coalition, PAX Christi, Planned Parenthood, NYCLU, and the NOW Alliance PAC of Long Island.
Taylour Chang, Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art
Chris Collier, Renew Theaters
Chapin Cutler, Boston Light & Sound
Ira Deutchman, Columbia University & Emerging Pictures
Juliet Goodfriend, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
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.