Michelle Byrd leaving IFP

Has been executive director for 12 years

Michelle Byrd is stepping down as executive director of the New York-based Independent Feature Project after 12 years in the post.

The IFP's board of directors announced Friday that she will leave at the end of the year when her contract with the organization that supports independent filmmakers expires.

Byrd first joined IFP in 1992 to handle membership and programming. She was promoted to deputy director in 1996 and then exec director in 1997. In that role, she oversaw the strategic direction and growth of all of IFP's activities.

"I informed the board of my decision to depart last November so that I could openly have meetings about my next professional journey and spend a solid year working with the board and staff to ensure a positive and smooth transition," Byrd said.

"This is a community organization about which I care deeply and all of us are working collaboratively to ensure that leadership change won't place any unnecessary stress on the organization. I have great faith in our Deputy Directors, Amy Dotson in programming and membership, and Mitch Micich in finance and operations, and their ability to aid in a smooth transition."

"Michelle has been with IFP for 17 years, 12 years as executive director, and has done as much as any individual to advance the cause of independent filmmaking in New York," said Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, IFP board chairman.

Joerg M. Ziegler and Andrew C. LaValle of Time Warner's Worldwide Recruitment & Executive Search will lead the search for a replacement on behalf of the board.
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