Lenny Crooks to open New York consultancy

Former U.K. Film Council New Cinema Fund head

LONDON -- The former U.K. Film Council New Cinema cashpool gatekeeper Lenny Crooks is relocating to the U.S. to set up a New York-based consultancy service supporting filmmakers working on both sides of the Atlantic.

Crooks' role with the Council ended after the government-backed body revamped and amalgamated its three funds into one (HR 4/1/10).

Crooks said he hopes his movie stateside will allow him to cultivate the myriad contacts he has made during his tenure at the New Cinema Fund to bring filmmakers from both sides of the Atlantic together for future projects.

Upcoming titles fuelled by fund backing before it closed include this year's Un Certain Regard pic "Chatroom," "Native Son," which unspools in Critics' Week and "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff" which appears in Cannes Classics.

Crooks headed up the New Cinema Fund for a four-year term from September 2006.