DENVER – April 19, 2019 – The Board of Directors of the Denver Film Society (DFS) announced today that Britta Erickson has been appointed interim executive director of the organization following the amicable departure of Andrew Rodgers, effective today.
Rodgers, who served as executive director since January 2016 led efforts which more than doubled the organization’s year-round box office grosses and membership revenues over the past three years. In addition, he strengthened the organization’s financial management and marketing efforts, and secured the organization’s first-ever grants from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead the Denver Film Society for the past three years and get to know so many of our passionate supporters and members of the Denver community,” said Rodgers. “This is a wonderful organization with a bright future, and I wish the incredibly talented staff and deeply committed board nothing but the best in its next chapter.”
Ultimately, the agreement to part ways was based on differing visions regarding the long-term path for the organization.
“First and foremost, we’re incredibly grateful to Andrew for his three years of service and leadership of our organization,” said DFS Board Chair, Kevin Teng. “As we turn our focus to what’s next, we have tremendous confidence in Britta, as well as the entire professional staff of our organization to keep us focused and on track as we begin our work to find a new executive director.”
A 20-year veteran of the organization who has served as Festival Director since 2008, Erickson will continue in her role while also overseeing daily operations of the Denver Film Society and Denver Film Festival.
“What’s most important at this point is for our patrons and the community to know that the programs and festivals that have served as hallmarks of our organization for more than four decades will continue uninterrupted in the coming weeks and months,” said Erickson.
In addition, Erickson will be working with the board to name an artistic director for the organization following the death of long-time artistic director Brit Withey on March 31.
“We’re incredibly grateful to have a tremendously dedicated staff of pros that are focused on their work and are in lock step with our membership, dedicated sponsors, donors, supporters and the entire community,” said Denver Film Society/Festival Co-Founder Ron Henderson. “With Britta’s more than two decades of experience and leadership within our staff, they’re going to keep our daily programming, events and Festival programming moving forward. With that level of comfort, our board can direct its full attention to finding the best fit people to lead us forward from a business and artistic perspective as we move through our fifth decade and beyond.”
About Denver Film Society
Since 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) has worked to promote film as both an art form and a civic forum. As the only nonprofit theater in Colorado, they’re dedicated to engaging both members and the general public in a lifelong relationship with film. The Denver Film Society, a 501(c)(3) cultural arts organization, operates the Sie FilmCenter, the organization’s year-round cinematic home, presents the annual award-winning Denver Film Festival in November and a series of Niche mini-festivals throughout the year. In addition, the Denver Film Society produces the popular summer movies series, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater.