Alison Kozberg, Managing Director
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, for the last five years, 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.
2019 Conference Staff
Rachael Barbash, Technical Coordinator
Adrienne Frank, Delegate Coordinator
Elle Long, Volunteer Coordinator
Alliance for Action Coordinators
Taylour Chang, Honolulu Museum of Art
Courtney Sheehan, Independent Consultant
Lex Sloan, Roxie Theater
Community Forum Moderator
Art House Theater Day Co-Chairs
Gabriel Chicoine, Austin Film Society
Lawren Desai, A/perture Cinema
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
2019 Conference Track Heads
Development | Rene Bouchard, Cinema Arts Centre
Patrick Shepherd, Cleveland International Film Festival
Education | Andrew Douglas, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Allison Inman, Belcourt Theatre
Emily Keating, Jacob Burns Film Center
Marketing | Miguel Rodriguez, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
Denise Treco, Jacob Burns Film Center
Programming | Barak Epstein, Texas Theatre
Cara Ogburn, Milwaukee Film
Dylan Skolnick, Cinema Arts Centre
Operations | Gina Cuomo, Denver Film Society
George Myers, Amherst Cinema