Lorraine B. Good-Samsom, who once served as executive director of Telefilm Canada in Los Angeles, representing the Canadian film industry in Hollywood, died Dec. 19 in Burlington, Vt., following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 52.
The Montreal-born marketer joined Telefilm Canada in 1980. She became director of the country’s largest funding agency for film and television production in 1983 and eventually worked up to executive director.
At Telefilm, Good-Samsom worked to unite Canadians and Americans in co-production ventures, established an annual Oscar party for Canadian nominees and created the “Canadians in U.S. Talent Directory.” In addition, she served on the board of the American Film Commissioners and helped institute the AFC’s Location Exposition.
In 1989, she became the executive director of the Vermont Intl. Film Festival and served in that capacity for several years.
During that time, she also organized, and served a year as executive director of, the Vermont Jazz Festival. She was a founding board member of the Vermont Film Commission and, in 1997, received a special recognition award from Burlington City Arts for her work.
She began her marketing career working for accounts including Abercrombie & Fitch. She also hosted a cable television show in Toronto, getting her first exposure to the entertainment industry.
In 1978 she joined the trade division of the Canadian Consulate in New York, before transferring to the consulate’s Los Angeles branch the following year, where she helped manage the information and cultural program before moving on to Telefilm.
She is survived by her husband, Karel Samsom; two stepchildren; her parents; and a sister.
Donations in her name may be made to the Vermont Intl. Film Festival, 1 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401, or the Breast Care Center, FAHC, 1 South Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401.