Transitional Working Group

For over a decade Art House Convergence has operated as a program of the Michigan Theater Foundation. In order to establish clear, transparent governance, financial oversight, and mechanisms for collective decision-making, Art House Convergence is in the process of transitioning out of the Michigan Theater Foundation and will begin democratic processes for membership cultivation and incorporation as an independent 501(c)3. During this process Art House Convergence will temporarily enter into a well-defined contract with another sponsoring organization for a limited period of time.

The Transitional Working Group (formerly known as the Provisional Board) will play a crucial role in guiding this process and will help recruit members, shape membership, cultivate future board members, and steward the extrication of Art House Convergence brand and assets from the Michigan Theater Foundation. The Transitional Working Group will assume legal and financial responsibility for the Art House Convergence until a governing board is elected, at which point the Transitional Working Group will dissolve. Eligible Transitional Working Group members will have the opportunity to run for seats on the governing board should they so choose.

Camille Blake Fall

Camille Blake Fall is an attorney who’s been involved with film and media since 2006 beginning with her stint as a Workshop Leader for Image Makers, a program sponsored by the Washington, D.C. chapter of Women In Film & Video where high school students learn how to write, direct, edit and produce a 30-second public service announcement. Camille has since worked with many film festivals in the mid-Atlantic including the Maryland Film Festival where she currently serves on its Board and as a screening committee member.

Brett Bossard

Brett Bossard currently serves as the executive director of Cinemapolis, an art house cinema in Ithaca, NY. He’s spent the past two decades in arts administration, working for community organizations such as the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, the Hangar Theatre, and the Cayuga Museum of History and Art. He holds a B.S. from the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and an M.A. in Popular Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University.

Carolyn Chen

Carolyn is a Legislative Analyst at the Montgomery County Council in Maryland where she manages community grants to nonprofit organizations and provides budget and policy recommendations for the arts and humanities and historic preservation sectors. As a board member of the Theatre Historical Society, Carolyn helped organize historic theatre conferences in LA, Detroit and NYC. Carolyn holds a BA in Economics and from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Chris Collier

Christopher R. Collier is the Executive Director of Renew Theaters, a nonprofit management company that operates four nonprofit, member-supported theaters in the Greater Philadelphia Region (The Ambler Theater, County Theater, Hiway Theater, and Princeton Garden Theatre.) He has worked at Renew since 2007, starting as a manager of his hometown Ambler Theater. Over his 10+ years working at Renew, the company has doubled in size, both in staff and number of theaters. He served as the 2018–2019 AHC Conference Co-Chair along with Taylour Chang.

Logan Crow

Logan Crow is a lifelong film enthusiast, with a fondness for cult and genre cinema. Since 2014 Crow has served as the Executive Director of The Frida Cinema, a non-profit independent art house theater which he founded in Santa Ana, CA, and which curates an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary cinematic programming, as well as Pop-Up Drive-In screenings and other cultural community events.

Gina Cuomo

Originally from Queens, Gina landed herself in Colorado in 1997. She paid her dues working for theatre chains such as Regal and Landmark before she landed a spot working the Denver Film Festival in 2006. She quickly moved her way into a management position and currently sits as the Director of Operations for Denver Film. Aside from her love of the cinematic experience, Gina is an avid baseball fan and a loyalist to the hit television phenomenon LOST.

Ira Deutchman

Ira Deutchman has been making, marketing and distributing films since 1975, having worked on over 150 films including some of the most successful independent films of all time. He is one of the founders of Cinecom, Fine Line Features, and Emerging Pictures. Currently Deutchman is an independent producer, consultant in marketing and distribution of independent films, and a Professor of Professional Practice in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he was the Chair of the Film Program from 2011-2015. Deutchman is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he majored in film. His personal archive is part of the University of Michigan Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers Collection, which also includes the archives of Orson Welles, Robert Altman and John Sayles.

Rebecca Fons

Rebecca Fons is the Programming Director at FilmScene, Iowa City, IA’s premiere art house theater; serves as the Development and Programming Director for the historic Iowa Theater in her hometown of Winterset, IA; and as Director of Film at the John and Nancy Hughes Theater at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest, IL. Rebecca was the Education Director for The Chicago International Film Festival for nearly a decade and is a co-founder of Destroy Your Art, a yearly art event in Chicago. Rebecca received a Masters Degree in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Cinema and Comparative Literature Studies from the University of Iowa and is a member of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Community Council. She proudly serves as a member of the Screening Committees for SXSW and the True/False Film Festival.

Beth Gilligan

Beth Gilligan relocated to Boston in 2009 to join the Coolidge Corner Corner Theatre Foundation, where she currently serves as the Director of Development & Marketing and oversees the national Science on Screen grant initiative (funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation). Prior to that, she worked for several years for the Hamptons International Film Festival. Beth has a M.A. in film studies from the University of East Anglia.

Jessica Green

Jessica Green is the artistic director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society. She was the cinema director of the Maysles Documentary Center from 2008–2018. Jessica is also a former owner of a Hip-Hop magazine titled Stress (1994–2001), as well as the former executive editor of BET.com. Green has an undergraduate degree from the Eugene Lang College, and her father Ernest Green is one of the Little Rock 9.

Eugene Hernandez

Eugene Hernandez is the Director of the New York Film Festival, Deputy Executive Director of Film at Lincoln Center and is publisher of the award-winning magazine Film Comment. Hernandez was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of IndieWire, which he built over nearly 15 years as it became the leading editorial publication for independent and international films, filmmakers, industry, and audiences. Hernandez was named on Out magazine’s OUT100 list in 2015 and has served as a juror at Sundance, SXSW, and the Film Independent Spirit Awards. He has also worked extensively as a consultant for several nonprofits, including the Creative Capital Foundation; written for major print and online publications; serves on the board of advisors for SXSW and SeriesFest; and as a programmer of the Key West Film Festival.

Dan Hudson

Dan first started with the National Film Festival of Talented Youth (NFFTY) in 2015, and has programmed the animation and music video categories since NFFTY 2017. He joined NFFTY full-time in 2018, and has been NFFTY’s Executive Director since January 2019. A graduate of Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program, he has over nine years of professional experience working with arts nonprofits. He primarily has worked with theatre and film organizations—including Intiman, ArtsWest, SIFF, Northwest Film Forum, and Scarecrow Video—in a variety of marketing, development, and operations roles. He programs Seattle’s Grand Illusion Cinema—where his programming was twice profiled by The Stranger—as well as Art House Theater Day, a nationwide event. He also serves on the board of TeenTix, an arts access and youth dev organization.

Jan Klingelhofer

Jan Klingelhofer has worked in movie distribution and exhibition for over forty years.  Since 1992 she has advised independent theater owners with her own consulting service, Pacific Film Resources. In 1985, she co-founded the first ON SCREEN: A Celebration of Women in Film, a film festival devoted to feature films directed by women. Her current goal is to make historic buildings commercially viable in the coming years by providing a movie-going experience that can not be duplicated in the home.

Gary Meyer

Gary Meyer co-founded Landmark Theatres in 1975, a national art house chain focused on creative marketing to build loyal audiences for non-Hollywood fare and helping launch the careers of dozens of filmmakers and creating film festivals/special events as counter-programming to home video competition. He joined the Telluride Film Festival in 1998, then Co-Director (2007–2014); resurrected the 1926 Balboa Theatre in San Francisco (2001); created business plans for Sundance Cinemas, BAM Rose Cinemas, etc. and festivals for the X Games, Dockers, etc. In 2014 Gary founded the online magazine, EatDrinkFilms.com.

Shakira Refos

Shakira is an educator from The Netherlands who joined the California Film Institute’s Education Department by way of the Sarasota Film Festival and Sundance Institute. Her career has been dedicated to empowering young independent thinkers through the exploration of art history and creative expression—prioritizing equitable praxis through engagements with film as well as demystifying the path for BIPOC students to becoming film fest administrators. With a deep passion for storytelling Shakira attributes her drive for community, justice and common sense from the cultures of her Mother and Father hailing from Suriname and Trinidad respectively.

Stephanie Silverman

Stephanie has been Executive Director of the Belcourt in Nashville, TN, a three-screen non-profit film center dedicated to presenting the best in contemporary and repertory cinema, for over a decade. Throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Stephanie is an admired arts leader—deeply engaged in local and regional civic conversations about the arts, and garnering accolades and awards that have included Nashvillian of the Year (from The Nashville Scene) and CEO of the Year (from Nashville’s Center for Nonprofit Management). Prior to her tenure with the Belcourt, Stephanie worked for many arts organizations including the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Dylan Skolnick

Dylan Skolnick is Co-Director at the Cinema Arts Centre, Long Island’s leading venue for alternative film. 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. Dylan is also the Programming Director for the Lake Placid Film Festival, as well as a Film Buyer for a number of independent cinemas, including the Circle Cinema (Tulsa, OK), Rodeo Cinema (Oklahoma City, OK), Old Greenbelt Theatre (Greenbelt, MD), and the Appell Center for the Performing Arts (York, PA).

Emily Vito

Emily Vito is the Assistant Director of Development for Film at Lincoln Center, where she manages the daily fundraising operations of the department. Areas of expertise include grant writing, membership, special events and strategic planning. Emily was one of the Art House Convergence Track Heads for Development for the 2020 annual conference. Prior to Film at Lincoln Center, Emily was the Director of Development and Communications for an education startup in New York City. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Script Development from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn.

Kyle Westphal

Kyle Westphal is a programmer for Chicago Film Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the exhibition, conservation, and preservation of analog film, which he co-founded with Becca Hall and Julian Antos in 2011. He is also Theatrical Sales Manager for Music Box Films and a Programming Associate at the Music Box Theatre. He is a former projectionist and a 2009 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman Museum.

Ronnie Ycong

Ronnie Ycong is the Principal of CineMarketing Consulting Group, a firm focused on developing new revenue streams for movie theatres and supporting content owners to distribute their films theatrically. With 25+ years of leadership experience in the theatrical exhibition industry as an exhibitor, cinema vendor, and distributor, Ronnie has served as EVP for Spotlight Cinema Networks where he led their exhibitor relations and operations initiatives, and was head of distribution for CineLife Entertainment. He also served as Exhibitor Relations Director for Screenvision Media and managed multiple theatres as Managing Director for Mann Theatres. In 2013, Ronnie was recognized as one of Box Office Magazine’s “40 Under 40” young executives shaping the future of the exhibition industry.

Year-Round Staff

Makenzie Peecook, Events and Operation Manager

Makenzie Peecook joined the team at Art House Convergence in 2016 as Program Coordinator and became the Events and Operations 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 in Metro Detroit. 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.

Art House Theater Day

Dan Hudson, Co-Chair

Dan first started with the National Film Festival of Talented Youth (NFFTY) in 2015, and has programmed the animation and music video categories since NFFTY 2017. He joined NFFTY full-time in 2018, and has been NFFTY’s Executive Director since January 2019. A graduate of Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program, he has over nine years of professional experience working with arts nonprofits. He primarily has worked with theatre and film organizations—including Intiman, ArtsWest, SIFF, Northwest Film Forum, and Scarecrow Video—in a variety of marketing, development, and operations roles. He programs Seattle’s Grand Illusion Cinema—where his programming was twice profiled by The Stranger—as well as Art House Theater Day, a nationwide event. He also serves on the board of TeenTix, an arts access and youth dev organization.

Rocío Mesa,  Co-Chair

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 has 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.

Community Forum Google Group

Dylan Skolnick, Moderator

Dylan Skolnick is Co-Director at the Cinema Arts Centre, Long Island’s leading venue for alternative film. 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. Dylan is also the Programming Director for the Lake Placid Film Festival, as well as a Film Buyer for a number of independent cinemas, including the Circle Cinema (Tulsa, OK), Rodeo Cinema (Oklahoma City, OK), Old Greenbelt Theatre (Greenbelt, MD), and the Appell Center for the Performing Arts (York, PA).