Gabriel Wardell has been appointed the executive director of IMAGE Film & Video Center in Atlanta, the organization has announced. He will join the organization on September 1st, replacing acting executive director, Jon Aaron, who oversaw the job search and will assist with the transition. IMAGE is responsible for two major film festivals in the city, the Atlanta Film Festival and OUT ON FILM, among other services and education initiatives for filmmakers. Wardell's previous experience includes work for numerous festivals, including programming of the AFI Silver Theater, producing SilverDocs, and working with Slamdance. He also served as a programmign coordinator at IMAGE nearly ten years ago.
Citing the recent demise of AIVF, Wardell said in a statement, "Non-profits need to evolve, develop dynamic initiatives and provide vision if they intend to remain relevant in the 21st Century."