After nine years at the helm of the Hamptons International Film Festival, executive director Denise Kasell has decided to leave the organization effective early next year. Her tenure with the event led to considerable growth for the popular fall festival, held each October on the east end of New York's Long Island. Kasell joined the Hamptons fest in 1998 after running the Hudson Valley Film Festival (which launched in the mid-90s). She was joined at the Hamptons fest nearly five years ago by Rajendra Roy, who was recently named Artistic Director of the event. While the Hamptons International Film Festival board of directors has yet to determine its succession plan, organizers have announced that the 15th annual installment of the festival will take place from October 17 - 21, 2007. [Eugene Hernandez]