New boss at L.A. fest


Rebecca Yeldham has been named director of the Los Angeles Film Festival.

She steps into the role vacated by Richard Radon, who resigned from the fest, presented by Film Independent, amid controversy over a contribution in support of the Proposition 8 campaign against gay marriage.

Rachel Rosen, who with Sean McManus served as co-directors during the search, will continue in her previous position as director of programming, and McManus will continue in his former post as senior director.

Yeldham, who serves on Film Independent's executive board, is Walter Salles' producing partner. She is developing a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" and is in postproduction on the documentary "Searching for the Road." Her credits also include Marc Forster's "The Kite Runner," Salles' "Linha de Passe" and "The Motorcycle Diaries" and Sacha Gervasi's "Anvil! The Story of Anvil."

Before becoming an indie producer, Yeldham was senior vp production at Film4, heading its U.S. production wing. She also has participated on several international film festival juries and selection committees. From 1997-2001, she was senior programmer of the Sundance Film Festival and associate director of the Sundance Institute's international programs.

This year's L.A. fest runs June 18-28 in Westwood Village. (partialdiff)