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Posted at 4:32 p.m. on Feb. 25
Jody Arlington, the veteran communications hand for the American Film Institute’s AFI Docs documentary film festival, has a new gig in New York, where she’ll be the director of communications for the Independent Filmmaker Project.
Among her duties will be overseeing IFP’s new Made in NY Media Center, as well as IFP’s Independent Film Week, Filmmaker Magazine and IFP’s Gotham Awards. It’s a full plate, and it sounds like Arlington is pretty psyched to get started in IFP’s Dumbo, Brooklyn, digs. (That’s Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass for those who don’t wear trucker hats and tight pants.)
“I’ve been consulting with IFP on their New Made in NY Media Center since summer, which had a great launch with Mayor [Michael Bloomberg] in October and is at the forefront of emerging trends in storytelling and tech, and a great place to be and collaborate with all the crazy new companies and brands being dreamt up by those bearded, flanneled, youngsters in Dumbo,” Arlington said in an email.
She added that she “will continue to keep a project or two on the side, because I’m just not happy if I don’t have at least three back-slashes after my name. It is a condition of the independent media world, the other being the ability to work from anywhere.”
The departure of Arlington and AFI Docs’ festival director Sky Sitney earlier this month represents two decades of experience leaving the documentary film festival previously known as Silver Docs.