Silverdocs fest names indie vet new director

Finneran previously artistic director of IFP Market

Fledgling documentary fest Silverdocs has tapped IFP/NY veteran Patricia Finneran director.

She replaces Nina Gilden Seavey, who will continue on in the capacity of executive producer.

Launched last year in Silver Spring, Md., Silverdocs is co-presented by the American Film Institute and Discovery Communications.

Inaugural run featured 74 films, 22 of which sold out. A skateboarding exhibition accompanying screening of “The Making of Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam” brought more than 20,000 attendees to downtown Silver Spring.

Finneran comes onboard from IFP/NY, where she was artistic director of the annual IFP Market. Prior to that, she covered indie film for and was a development exec at Peak Prods.

“Silverdocs provides documentaries with the best possible theatrical presentation and exposure to media, policy and international affairs audiences found only in the Washington, D.C., area,” Finneran said. Finneran will be aided by Mary Kerr, who will again act as fest’s programming director. Although co-presented by Discovery, slate is independently programmed.

Along with announcement of Finneran’s appointment, fest has skedded its 2004 dates: June 16-20, at the newly restored AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center.

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