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IDA ups Amy Halpin to deputy director

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has appointed Amy Halpin as its deputy director, and made several board member appointments. Previously the director of filmmaker services, Halpin (pictured) has been with the organization since ...
April 11, 2018

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has appointed Amy Halpin as its deputy director, and made several board member appointments.

Previously the director of filmmaker services, Halpin (pictured) has been with the organization since 2006, where she helped develop and oversee funds, such as the Pare Loretnz Documentary Fund, the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, and the Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

Halpin has also had a hand in the DocuClub work-in-progress screening series, and Getting Real, IDA’s bi-annual conference. She also co-led the Documentary Core Application Project.

In addition, Leslie-Anne Faireshire, Chris Perez, and Brenda Robinson have been named as new members of the board of directors.

Faireshire is a filmmaker and most recently executive produced Marvin Blunte’s 6 Weeks to Mother’s Day. The film, which held its world premiere at DOC NYC, follows 150 underprivileged and orphaned students attending Thailand’s first democratic school as they prepare a special celebration to honor their adoptive mother on Mother’s Day.

Perez, meanwhile, is a partner at law firm Donaldson + Callif, specializing in representing independent filmmakers; and Robinson is an entertainment lawyer who serves as the director of business development at the Los Angeles-based law firm Greenberg Glusker.

“I’m excited to partner with Simon, our leadership team, and our dedicated board of directors to plan for IDA’s future and respond to what feels like an ever-increasing demand for our services,” said Halpin in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working even more closely with them to tackle some ambitious and exciting goals during the coming years.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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