Montclair Film Festival Taps Tom Hall as Executive Director

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Tom Hall

The newly created post will serve to replace both founding executive director Raphaela Neihausen and founding artistic director Thom Powers.

The Montclair Film Festival has named Tom Hall to be its executive director. The newly created post will serve to replace both founding executive director Raphaela Neihausen and founding artistic director Thom Powers, who are both stepping down from their positions.

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"As the Montclair Film Festival enters its fourth year, we have grown to the point where we are looking to expand into a year-round arts organization," said Bob Feinberg, founder and chairman of the board of directors of the New Jersey festival. "We are excited to welcome Tom to Montclair and believe his experience and leadership will help MFF continue to deliver outstanding programs and events to our community, our sponsors and our partners in the film industry."

Powers and Neihausen are stepping down to devote more time to other endeavors but will continue to work with the festival in an advisory capacity. 

"When Raphaela and I started at Montclair, it was meant to be a part-time job, but in three years the festival has seen tremendous growth and needs a year round leader,” Powers said. “We’ve long admired Tom Hall’s work from afar and look forward to experiencing his talents in Montclair."

Added Neihausen: "Thom and I take tremendous pride in MFF. We love our colleagues and this community. We look forward to continuing that relationship in new roles that better fit our other work commitments."

Hall joins MFF from his position as director of the Sarasota Film Festival, having served there since 2004 and having held the positions of director, artistic director and director of programming.

"I am honored to be joining the Montclair Film Festival," said Tom Hall. "The team at MFF have built something special, and I am excited to get to work with everyone involved. I very much look forward to getting to know this community and to helping the festival continue to grow and thrive."

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Previously, Hall was programming director at newportFILM in Newport, R.I. In addition, Hall was programmer for the Nantucket Film Festival from 2002-05 as well as a former director of new media for Bravo and IFC from 1997-2000. He has also worked as an event producer and industry and guest services liaison at the Hamptons International Film Festival.  

Hall is also one of the founding executive committee members of the Film Festival Forum, a non-profit program of the Independent Feature Project and is a founding nominating member of the Cinema Eye Honors Documentary Film Awards.

The fourth annual festival will take place in April 2015.

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