by Eugene Hernandez
Film producer Richard Raddon has been named the new Festival Director for
the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (LAIFF) -- Festival Founder
Robert Faust made the announcement yesterday. Additionally, Faust
announced that RJ Millard is joining the event as its director of marketing
and publicity. Millard, who headed all media relations for the Sundance
Film Festival, left the Festival earlier this year for a brief stint at
Trimark, but he will return to Utah as the Sundance Film Festival's top
press officer. Millard will split his time between the two festivals.
"The addition of Raddon and Millard brings a great deal of strength to the
Festival," explained Robert Faust in a prepared statement, "Raddon is an
accomplished and well respected producer, who brings a wealth of contacts
and resources to the Festival, and Millard's background in handling press
for one of the most important Festivals in the world can't be matched."
Faust recently stepped down as the LAIFF Festival Director and will soon
announce his involvement with a start-up new media venture. As reported in
indieWIRE earlier this month, Faust will remain involved with the festival
in an advisory capacity.
Festival Managing Director Linda Rattner will return to the LAIFF once
again, as will Programming Director Thomas Ethan Harris. Both Rattner and
Harris joined the event in 1996.
Richard Raddon will oversee all aspects of festival planning and format,
according to the festival announcement. His credits include Toni Kalem's
"A Slipping Down," which premiered at Sundance this year, as well
as Arthur Borman's "Shooting Lily," and "And God Spoke." He also produced
Ariadne Kimberly's "The Woman in the Moon." He began his career as an
assistant to John Hughes.
[For more information on the LAIFF, call 323.937.9155 or visit their
website at: http://www.laiff.com.
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