After a seven-month search, Chicago's information powerhouse, Kartemquin Films, employed a film director and non-profit arts archaeologist Jolene Pinder as executive director of Kartemquin.
Pinder, who turns 41 next week, runs New Orleans Film Society and his film festival from 2011 to 2017, more than doubled its regional audience and oversaw a 400 percent rise in the budget of film society. She was subsequently executive director of Create Louisiana, a grant-making organization supporting Louisiana filmmakers.
She is a film maker herself. The latest producer credit at Pinder, listed on imdb.com, discussed a short non-fiction film called “All Skinfolk Ain”, with the New Orleans Mayor Race 2017. It also lists various news reports as a producer. on the Sundance Institute funded “Hollow Tree”, an emerging story profiling three teenagers growing up in the deserted delta of Southeast Louisiana.
“She is a documentary film maker herself, successfully leading and managing a non-profit organization, and is well known and respected in the field of information,” said Jason Stephens, chair of the Kartemquin board, in a prepared statement.
Pinder, who is moving to Chicago with her husband and dogs, has a master of art degree in a documentary from the University of Florida, and holds an undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Chicago.
She starts her new job June 10. Previously executive director Kartemquin, Betsy Steinberg, ran the shop from 2015 to 2017, and now works as a media and film production consultant.
Chicago Tribune “Unencrypted”: Catch Michael Phillips in conversation with the film maker, the author and the “filth elder” John Waters 7 p. May 28 at Downtown Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave. These tickets include $ 45- $ 75 copy of Waters' latest book, “Mr. All Information. ”Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-tribunes-unscripted-presents-john-waters-tickets-60008409769.
Michael Phillips is a Tribune critic.
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