Pinder’s (pictured) final day is Oct. 1. A transition team of Kartemquin board members and staff are engaged in a search for an interim executive director and have established a transition committee.
“With the unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presents to individuals and families in both professional and personal spaces, Jolene has made a heartfelt decision to focus her energies on her family, and has moved back full-time to New Orleans,” Pamela Sherrod Anderson, Kartemquin board chair, and Gordon Quinn, artistic director, said in a joint statement Wednesday (Sept. 2).
“The Kartemquin board and staff would like to thank her for her leadership over the past year and the strides she has made in reshaping and strengthening the organization. Jolene has been a positive force for change and equity within Kartemquin, making us better and more resilient during her tenure.”
Pinder was appointed to the role in June 2019 after a seven-month national search. She was tasked with overseeing all aspects of operations, programs and serving as executive producer on all of the organization’s forthcoming documentaries.
She previously served as executive director of #CreateLouisiana, an organization that champions Indigenous talent and supports the entertainment industries in the region. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the New Orleans Film Society.
In a letter, Pinder added: “At the start of the pandemic, I traveled back to New Orleans to be with my partner (we had been living between Chicago and New Orleans during my first year at KTQ). These unprecedented times have brought into relief some very personal hopes I hold for our family, and I began to recognize the impossibility of achieving these goals next to the energy I know that this important role demands at an institution as powerful and vital as KTQ at this moment.
“I’m so very proud of the work the staff and board have accomplished together over the last year — to collectively reimagine how KTQ can equitably serve its community of filmmakers, bring greater financial transparency to the organization, build stronger infrastructure, begin envisioning a more sustainable future, and secure a permanent home for the KTQ archive. It was my belief in our powerful community of staff, filmmakers and board members that positioned me to make this decision with the full belief in a strong and vibrant future for KTQ.”