Atlanta (August 8, 2006) IMAGE Film & Video Center has
appointed Gabriel Wardell as the new executive director effective
September 1, 2006. Wardell replaces Jon Aaron, former Board Chair
who acted as executive director for a year before and during the
job search. Aaron will assist in the transition.
world of non-profits has changed radically in recent years,
said Wardell. Non-profits need to evolve, develop dynamic
initiatives, and provide vision if they intend to remain relevant
in the 21st Century.
Citing the demise of AIVF as just one example of this
new paradigm, he said, Its not enough just to keep up
with the times. IMAGE, and like organizations, must provide leadership
and direction for the independent media arts community, while the
ground rules are still open for interpretation.
Wardell has worked for festivals and non-profits for
over a decade, programming the AFI Silver Theatre, in Silver Spring,
Maryland as well as producing the inaugural edition of SILVERDOCS:
AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival. He hosted and programmed
Cinema Sundays at the Charles in Baltimore for seven years, and
programmed for numerous festivals in Maryland, Sonoma, and Atlanta.
Other festival experience runs the gamut from projecting to serving
on the advisory board for a variety of festivals like Slamdance
IMAGE organizes two major film festivals, the Atlanta
Film Festival and OUT ON FILM, as well as providing numerous filmmaker
services and education initiatives including workshops, salons,
I look forward to working with such an accomplished staff,
whose dynamism, energy and creativity lead me to conclude that IMAGE
is positioned to do great things in the coming years," said
Wardell, who also served as IMAGEs Programming Coordinator
in 1997 under executive director Anne Hubbell. Others who have served
as IMAGEs executive director include Creative Capitals
Ruby Lerner and National Video Resources Brian Newman.
Wardell has a B.A. in Film from Bard College, where he matriculated
after graduating from Phillips Academy Andover. He has written film
criticism, a sports column, and freelance articles for Film Threat,
The Baltimore Sun, and City Paper. Most recently,
he has been contributing to an indieWIRE Blog, called, Gabes
Declaration of Principles.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Wardell developed an interest
in independent film at an early agehis mother can be seen
in John Waters Female Trouble, having her monster beehive
hair-do teased silly by Dribbles.
For more information, please call 404.352.4225 or visit: http://www.imagefv.org/.