Melanie Blum has been announced as the interim executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, replacing the late Bingham Ray, the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier today.
Blum, a former board president, is the third person to hold the SFFS directorship in the last six months. Ray stepped into the position after Graham Leggat passed away last August.
The search for a permanent director will likely not be given the maximum attention until after the San Francisco International Film Festival, which ends May 3.
In the meantime, the festival prepares to release its programming lineup and Blum will assume duties previously held by Ray, who died January 23 during the Sundance Film Festival.
A commissioner for the San Francisco Film Commission, Blum acts as a film industry consultant who has marketed products licensed by franchises that include "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," Snoopy, the Muppets and Disney. She also spearheaded development of the Presidio for the film community, served as project manager for the renovation of the San Francisco Film Centre, consulted for Lucasfilm on the Letterman Digital Arts Center and with Robert Redford on the Presidio Theatre.