HIFF promotes Nugent to artistic director

The Hamptons Intl. Film Festival has tapped Anne Chaisson as the org’s new exec director and upped former programming director David Nugent to artistic director.

Staffing shift follows the exit earlier this month of Karen Arikian, who’d been in the exec director post for five years.

Chaisson, also a producer who founded Dirty Rice Films, has been advisory co-chair of the fest since 2003. Her producing credits include 2002 outing “Roger Dodger” as well as “P.S.,” “Diggers” and “Rocksteady.” As a fundraiser she’s worked with orgs including Film Society of Lincoln Center and Nantucket Film Festival.

Nugent, who also teaches doc film history and American indie history at Gotham’s New School, has been HIFF’s director of programming since 2008.

Founded in 1993, HIFF has in recent years aimed to position itself as a vital stop on the awards circuit, also raising its profile with year-round local programming as well as affiliated events in New York City. Festival wrapped its 20th annual edition in October with a slate that included “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Argo.”

Chaisson steps into her new role at the fest at the end of the month.

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