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Denver Film Society Announces Departure of Executive Director, Scott Rowitz



Schechter-SFR Public Relations 
Saul Rosenthal   303-763-6916
Marty Schechter 303-987-8163



DENVER  March 5, 2008 -  The Denver Film Society (DFS) announced today that Scott Rowitz, executive director since 2002, will be leaving the organization later this month to assume the position of director of finance and administration for the California Film Institute.

As a part of the DFS leadership team, first as managing director in 2001 and then later as executive director, Rowitz has been instrumental in managing and overseeing the Film Society and Film Festival’s operations with accomplishments that include: 

  • Increasing participation in the organization’s events and programs which grew by more than 200% - from 90,000 people in 2000, to 196,000 in 2007. 
  • Opening the Starz FilmCenter in 2002, offering regular film showings and educational and cultural programming.
  • Expanding the number of permanent staff from seven to 13.   
  • Producing increased revenue now at $2.4 million annually plus significant growth of in-kind support.
  • Increasing attendance from 19,500 (in 2000) to 45,000 (in 2007) at the Starz Denver Film Festival, the key showpiece of DFS, and growing ticket revenue by 113% during the same time period.

 “While Scott would be the first to point out these accomplishments were the result of a team effort, there is no doubt that his leadership was critical in every one of these accomplishments,” said Nina Henderson Moore, chair of the Denver Film Society Board of Directors.  “We will miss having Scott here but at the same time we are very proud that one of our own has been tapped to help lead another outstanding organization and excited that he and his family have the opportunity for new experiences and challenges.” A search is underway for a new DFS Executive Director.  In the interim, Britta Erickson will continue in her role as director of the Society’s film festivals, including the Starz Denver Film Festival and “Cinemocracy,” an open source film competition to be held later this year in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention in Denver.  DFS Development Director Arpie Chucovich will add interim director of the Starz FilmCenter to her current responsibilities.

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About the Denver Film Society

The Denver Film Society is a membership-based nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to cultivating community and transforming lives through film. Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival. The Denver Film Society's home theatre and cinematic education center, the Starz FilmCenter, presents film programs daily and is Denver's first and only year-round cinematheque, operated in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver's College of Arts & Media, and with support from Starz Entertainment and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).   Denver Film Society members support one-of-a-kind programs reaching more that 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training each year.