SFFS taps new programming director

8:45 PM PST 08/10/2009 by Gregg Kilday, AP

Rachel Rosen back at firm she left in 2001

Rachel Rosen is returning to the San Francisco Film Society as director of programming. She will replace Linda Blackaby, who stepped down from the organization Friday.

Rosen held various programming roles at SFFS from 1994 until 2001, when she joined Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival, where she spent the past eight years.

"We're thrilled to welcome Rachel back to a leadership role in the organization after her extraordinarily successful tenure in Los Angeles," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executive director.

"Rachel's discerning eye, dazzling knowledge of film and support of independent filmmakers have been essential to the festival's success during her years at Film Independent," added Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson.

Rosen began her career in New York where she worked as a publicist in the film industry for five years. In 1988, she enrolled in Stanford University's documentary film program in the department of communication. While completing her thesis film, Rosen worked for the New York Film Festival as directors liaison and for SFFS in addition to working in various capacities on student and professional film productions.

In 1993, she moved back to New York for a year to accept a position as programming and publicity associate at Film Forum, the New York City's art house theater, before first joining up with SFFS full-time in 1994.

The non-profit SFFS produces year-round programs and events, including the San Francisco Interntional Film Festival, which next takes place April 22-May 6.
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