NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Academy of Music has hired Adrienne Mancia to spearhead its movement into film programming.
Mancia has been named curator-at-large for BAM Rose Cinemas, the four-screen plex slated to open in November.
From 1977 to 1998, Mancia served as curator of the department of film at the Museum of Modern Art, where she is currently a program consultant.
Since 1972, Mancia has been involved in selecting films for the New Directors/New Films series that is jointly presented by MOMA’s film department and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
“Adrienne Mancia has been a leading curator in the international film community for more than three decades,” said BAM president and exec producer Harvey Lichtenstein. “Adrienne will help BAM extend its commitment to innovative arts programming in a medium new to BAM, that of film.”
While at MOMA, Mancia reworked the museum’s auditorium exhibition program and introduced the Cineprobe forum for independent filmmakers and the “What’s Happening?” documentary series.
Mancia has served on a variety of international film juries in Locarno, Vevey, Zagreb, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Naples and Cannes (Camera D’Or).
She has been honored by the governments of Italy and France for her work in exhibiting foreign films in the U.S. During the 1960s, Mancia was instrumental in introducing the European and Latin American New Cinema movements to American audiences.
She was honored last week at the International Festival for Latin American Cinema in Gramado, Brazil.
Along with a new cafe and bookshop, the BAM Rose Cinemas are part of an $18 million renovation project funded by the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and the New York City Council.
The theaters were made possible by contributions from the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and Michael Fuchs, the BAM cinema committee chairman.