Jacob Burns Film Center Announces Search For New Executive Director

Arts and Entertainment

August 20, 2013

From: Jacob Burns Film Center

Stephen Apkon to Move into Media Production

Pleasantville, NY -- Stephen Apkon, Founder and Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), announced today that he will be stepping down as its Executive Director. Apkon will head a newly-created, nonprofit media production company, which will not be affiliated with the JBFC. However, the two organizations plan to collaborate on projects of interest to both. The first project will be Pondemonium, a film by Andy Young and Susan Todd that explores the natural world in the Hudson Valley. “My involvement in the film center has been one of the great gifts of my life,” said Apkon. “I am extremely proud of the strong organization we’ve built and of the vibrant community the JBFC has fostered. With its extraordinary team of staff and board leadership, I am confident the Burns will continue to grow and thrive in the years ahead.”

“Thanks to Steve’s leadership, the Burns has grown into a powerful cultural and educational institution with an international reputation,” said David Swope, Board Chair. “The success of the JBFC and the creation of the Media Arts Lab have attracted numerous film and media production possibilities which fall outside the capacity of the organization. We look forward to Steve’s new production venture developing innovative media projects and ultimately bringing them to our theaters and classrooms.”

The JBFC Board of Directors has retained the firm of Phillips Oppenheim to conduct a search for a new Executive Director. Apkon will remain as Executive Director until a successor is chosen, and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.