Kielbasa to head Virginia Film Fest

Charlottesville event set for November

Jody Kielbasa has joined the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as the new director of the Virginia Film Festival, which runs from Nov. 5-8 in Charlottesville, Va.

He succeeds Richard Herskowitz, who stepped down in November after 15 years as artistic director.

"We're thrilled to have Jody on board in this capacity," said Arts & Sciences associate dean Bruce Holsinger, who chaired the search committee. "The Film Festival plays a significant role in the College's arts community, and Jody Kielbasa is the ideal leader at this exciting time for arts at U.Va. more broadly."

For the past decade, Kielbasa served as the founding executive director of the Sarasota Film Festival in Sarasota, Fla. He also recently co-produced the independent film "The Deal," starring William H. Macy and Meg Ryan and directed by Steven Schachter.