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New leadership for Sarasota Film Festival

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Tom Hall, the Sarasota Film Festival's director of programming from 2004 to 2009 and artistic director for the past two years, has been named the festival's director, signaling the 13-year-old organization is back on more stable financial ground.

Hall will take on an expanded role in the management and financial development of the festival, reporting directly to Mark Famiglio, who will remain as chairman of the board. Famiglio had served as executive director for the past three years while the organization worked on eliminating a near $900,000 debt and tightening its budgetary constraints.

Tom Hall is taking over as director of the Sarasota Film Festival. HERALD-TRIBUNE ARCHIVE

"Tom Hall's advancement heralds the advancement of the organization," Famiglio said. "It's got strong legs and seasoned leadership. We're lean and mean, alive and thriving, and one of the finest regional film festivals in the country."

Famiglio recently took over as president of the Van Wezel Foundation and also serves on the board of the Sarasota Opera, as well as running several business and family enterprises. He said the festival's debt has now been reduced to less than $30,000 and that he feels completely comfortable handing the reins to Hall in order to tend to his other obligations.

"He's really been doing all the kinds of stuff he's going to be doing, he'll just be given a little more latitude with it," Famiglio said. "He doesn't have to run and check every time he makes a decision."

Hall agreed the timing seemed right for the change.

"I think we've dug out of a financial hole, we're much more stable and that gives the whole team more freedom to go out and get more financial and community support," he said. "I want to be involved in that and I appreciate their putting their trust in me."

In addition to Hall's title change, the festival also announced the appointment of Magida Diouri as programmer and Veronica Pastore as associate director of marketing. Diouri has worked with the festival for five years and brings experience as a film booker, festival programmer and distribution professional. Pastore ran her own company for the past year, managing social media and event marketing for local entertainment-based businesses.

Kathy Jordan, who returns as managing director, will handle day-to-day operations and Holly Herrick, the most recent director of programming, will become the director of the festival's womens programs.

The 2012 Sarasota Film Festival will take place from April 13-22. The lineup will be announced March 19 and tickets go on sale to the general public beginning March 23. More information is available at http://sarasotafilmfestival.com.

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Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: December 1, 2011
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