Fest programmer departs Film Independent

Fest programmer Rachel Rosen is returning to the City by the Bay.

After an eight-year stint at Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival as director of programming, Rosen is moving to the San Francisco Film Society to take up the same title.

She served as associate director of programming at SFFS in the ’90s.

Rosen fills a position vacated Aug. 7 by Linda Blackaby, who said she’d been considering a sabbatical for some time.

SFFS produces the San Francisco Film Festival (in April-May), curates year-round programs and supports local filmmakers with workshops and grants.

Rosen started her career in New York as a film publicist, and worked at New York’s Film Forum in 1993Among Rosen’s touches at LAFF, which ran in June this year under new fest head Rebecca Yeldham, were the introduction of live elements to the fest’s screenings, including live music from the RZA, Sparklehorse and the Nortec Collective.

“Her intelligence, flair for innovation and keen eye for exciting new work are just what we need as we enter our next phase,” said SFFS exec director Graham Leggat of Rosen in a statement.

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