L.A. fest taps two interim heads

Sean McManus, Rachel Rosen become co-directors of LAFF

Film Independent has drafted senior director Sean McManus and director of programming Rachel Rosen to serve as interim co-directors of the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.

The staffers take the reins from Richard Raddon, who resigned as festival director in November in the wake of the revelation that he made a $1,500 contribution in support of California's Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in the state.

The fest's 2009 edition is set for June 18-28 in Westwood Village.

McManus joined Film Independent in 1998 as part of its management team and oversees its development and diversity departments. In addition to programming the festival, Rosen has worked for the San Francisco and New York film fests.

"During this interim period, I am confident that Sean and Rachel will continue with Rich Raddon's vision to evolve the festival and create an atmosphere that is diverse in content and culture, inviting, accessible and, most importantly, fun," Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson said.