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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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