Magazine article Screen International

Noah Cowan to Lead SFFS

Magazine article Screen International

Noah Cowan to Lead SFFS

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The new executive director becomes the fourth person in less than three years to lead the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and arrives after five years at the head of TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

Cowan's appointment becomes effective on March 3 and follows the decision by producer Ted Hope to step down in October 2013 after 14 months in the role.

Cowan will oversee the Film Society's expanding programmes in exhibition, education and filmmaker services.

Prior to Hope, Bingham Ray occupied the role all-too-briefly until his untimely death from stroke in January 2012 during the Sundance Film Festival.

Ray had served 10 weeks in the role after succeeding Graham Leggat, who died in August 2011 at the age of 51 after an 18-month battle with cancer following a six-year tenure at the Society.

"I am grateful to the board of directors of the Film Society for providing this remarkable opportunity," said Cowan. …

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