AFI Fest taps Kuo artistic director


Rose Kuo has been named artistic director of AFI Fest, the American Film Institute's annual film festival, which is scheduled to run Nov. 1-11 in Los Angeles.

Kuo will oversee the fest's programming direction and overall artistic vision.

With experience in both festival programming and film production, Kuo has served as a programming consultant specializing in Asian cinema and has worked for the San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Mill Valley festivals.

In addition, Kuo has worked as an assistant to film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and as a camera assistant to cinematographer Haskell Wexler. She also has worked with directors Michael Mann, Paul Schrader, Ed Zwick and Martin Scorsese.

On the indie scene, she has credits as postproduction supervisor on Maggie Greenwald's "The Kill-Off" and as executive producer on Wash Westmoreland's "The Fluffer."

"Rose has a gift for spotting emerging talent as well as a deep knowledge and appreciation of world cinema," AFI Fest director Christian Gaines said.

At AFI Fest's programming department, Kuo joins new associate director of programming Shaz Bennett, who has served as a senior programmer for the past seven years. Bennett also has worked for the Los Angeles Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival and spent seven years at the Sundance Institute tracking and developing projects for the summer labs and screening films for that fest.

Lane Kneedler moves into a senior programmer spot after working in the department on the past two editions of the fest.