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RiverRun executive director stepping down

by YES! Weekly staff

After successfully leading the RiverRun International Film Festival for more than a decade, Andrew Rodgers announced he will step down from his position as Executive Director effective March 8, 2016. He and his family will be moving to Colorado this spring, where he will take over the reins of the Denver Film Society as its new Executive Director. Rodgers was recruited to RiverRun in 2005 to help grow the organization and put it on more stable footing. Under his leadership, RiverRun has more than tripled its annual revenues and grown from a four-day regional festival to an eleven-day international event that attracts films, filmmakers and audiences from around the world. RiverRun also became an Academy Award’® qualifying festival in 2014 and evolved into a year-round organization that offers a wide range of community programming outside the annual festival, including the popular Films with Class educational outreach program. “Andrew has served as an incredibly strong leader and advocate for RiverRun for more than a decade,” said Tonya Deem, chair of RiverRun’s Board of Directors. “He helped put RiverRun on the map and grew it into one of the country’s leading regional film festivals. And while we’re sad to see him leave Winston-Salem, the Board of Directors wants to thank and honor Andrew for his tremendous service and wish him continued success in his exciting new role with the Denver Film Society.” “It’s been a real honor to lead River Run over the past eleven years. This community has been so incredibly supportive that it’s made the decision to leave very difficult and bittersweet. Truly, this place will forever hold a special place in my heart,” said Rodgers. “Over the years, I’ve been lucky to work alongside an extremely talented group of coworkers, board members and volunteers. I’m confident that RiverRun is in good hands and will continue to thrive, grow and innovate well into the future.” The RiverRun Board has designated Mary Dossinger, RiverRun’s Program Manager, and Operations Manager Mickey Flynn to serve as interim leaders while the organization conducts a search for a permanent successor. Additionally, RiverRun Emeritus Board Member Dale Pollock has agreed to serve as an Executive Consultant to assist in the leadership transition. ABOUT RIVERRUN: The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories. The 18th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival will be held April 7-17, 2016. For more information, please visit riverrunfilm.com.

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