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SIFF names Sarah Wilke as executive director

Seattle International Film Festival has appointed Sarah Wilke as executive director, replacing the outgoing Christine Martin. Effective Oct. 27, Wilke (pictured) joins SIFF following a year-long search by the festival’s board ...
October 20, 2016

Seattle International Film Festival has appointed Sarah Wilke as executive director, replacing the outgoing Christine Martin.

Effective Oct. 27, Wilke (pictured) joins SIFF following a year-long search by the festival’s board of directors. Martin, meanwhile, will remain with SIFF in a reduced capacity through November to help transition Wilke into her new role.

Most recently, Wilke served as MD of Seattle’s On the Boards, which was founded by artists in 1978 to produce a variety of events in the performing arts. During her 11-year tenure, she was responsible for the daily and long-term strategic management of the organization.

Previously, she held a number of capacities at various artistic centers, including: MD of Consolidated Works in Seattle, a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts center; associate curator of education at the Tacoma Art Museum; and at the Freer & Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C.

“This is an exciting time for our organization; SIFF is experiencing consistent upward growth and we are about to conclude another record year,” said Brian LaMacchia, SIFF board president, in a statement. “The board looks forward to supporting Sarah as she continues SIFF’s mission to bring the best of the world of cinema to Puget Sound and beyond. ”

SIFF screens documentaries during the festival and as part of its year-round programming. Docs to screen during the 2016 edition of the festival included Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Beware the Slenderman, Cameraperson.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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