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A Couple of Changes at Dallas Film Society


by Stephen Becker 4 Jan 2010

The Dallas Film Society sends word today of a few changes at the top: Michael Cain, who co-founded the Dallas International Film Festival and previously served as its Artistic Director, was elected Chairman of the DFS board. Replacing Cain as Artistic Director is James Faust, who has served as the festival’s program director. And Tanya […]

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The Dallas Film Society sends word today of a few changes at the top:

  • Michael Cain, who co-founded the Dallas International Film Festival and previously served as its Artistic Director, was elected Chairman of the DFS board.
  • Replacing Cain as Artistic Director is James Faust, who has served as the festival’s program director.
  • And Tanya Foster, who has held various positions with the Crystal Charity Ball, Cattle Baron’s Ball and Junior League of Dallas, takes over as President/CEO of the Dallas Film Society.

So what does that all mean? Basically, Faust will take over more of the day-to-day operations of the festival. That will allow Cain more time to work on The Starck Project, a feature film he’s making about Dallas’ infamous Starck Club.

This year’s Dallas International Film Festival runs April 8-18. Continue reading for the full news release:

Dallas, TX – January 4, 2010 – The Dallas Film Society (DFS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tanya Foster to the position of CEO/President of the Dallas Film Society and to the newly-created position of Executive Director of the DALLAS International Film Festival (previously the AFI DALLAS Film Festival). In her role, Foster will be responsible for overall management of the Film Society, as well as responsible for fundraising and program development and expansion. Foster comes to her new role with an active Dallas community volunteer background, which most recently includes positions at The Elisa Project, the Dallas Art Ball, and the Highland Park PTA. She is currently a member of the Crystal Charity Ball, served as Chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball in 2008 and the Junior League of Dallas Ball in 2002.

The Board of Directors also announced today that it has elected former Dallas Film Society Artistic Director Michael Cain to the position of Chairman of the Board. Cain co-founded the Dallas Film Society, which hosted the DALLAS International Film Festival, in 2007. Cain also was founder of the Dallas Deep Ellum Film Festival, and has produced over 20 feature films, including TV JUNKIE, which was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Documentary Excellence at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and went on to be a part of the HBO Emmy Governor’s Award winning “Addiction Series.” Cain is currently in production on the STARCK PROJECT, a feature documentary and narrative film set in 1980’s Dallas and is Executive Producer on three features currently in pre-production with M3 Films including COME BACK AFRICA based on filmmaker Lionel Rogosin’s diary of the first anti-apartheid film in 1950’s South Africa.

In addition, the Board has announced that James Faust has been promoted to Artistic Director of the DALLAS International Film Festival. Faust has been with the Dallas Film Society for more than four years, most recently serving as Director of Programming. One of the founding members of the Deep Ellum Film Festival, Faust held the positions of Associate Programmer, Managing Director and Programming Director during that festival’s seven year run. Instrumental in the formation of AFI DALLAS, Faust has also served as a guest programmer with many festivals including the Austin Film Festival and is an associate programmer with the Texas Black Film Festival and was honored by that festival as Filmmaker of the year in 2009.

“We are very pleased that we have been able to put such a strong management team in place,” said Cain. “Faust will continue to bring a strong artistic focus and continuity to our Festival; while Foster will be able to expand our programming and raise the funds needed to achieve our long-term goals.”

The DALLAS International Film Festival will be held April 8-18, 2010. Festival passes are available for sale now, and more information can be found at www.dallasfilm.org.

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