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iW NEWS UPDATE | Denver Fest Founder Henderson Retires; Erickson Named Fest Director as ’07 Fest Gea

iW NEWS UPDATE | Denver Fest Founder Henderson Retires; Erickson Named Fest Director as '07 Fest Gea

Ron Henderson, one of the founders and the longtime artistic director of the Denver Film Society (DFS) and the Starz Denver Film Festival is stepping down from his role at the end of ’07, though he will remain at DFS as a senior programming consultant. Henderson served 30 years in which the festival has grown from a three-screen event with 78 films to this year’s upcoming event which will include 179 films on 12 screens with an estimated 40,000 in attendance. Henderson will be recognized for his years at both the society and the festival as the recipient of this year’s John Cassavetes Award at a special presentation on opening night Thursday, November 8. Meanwhile, Britta Erickson, currently serving as DFF’s director of media and industry relations, has been appointed to the role of festival director by the DFS board of directors. Scott Rowitz
remains the executive director. Before joining the staff in 1999, Erickson was the founding executive director of the Acoma Center (later the Curious Theatre Company), a non-profit performing arts organization in Denver. “I am excited by the challenges and opportunities this new position offers me,” said Erickson in a statement. “Already the premier film organization in Colorado, the Denver Film Society has so much more it can offer to the diverse communities we serve. We are already hard at work defining the next steps in our growth and development.” EDITORS NOTE: This story has been updated to indicate Scott Rowitz remains executive director, while Britta Erickson has been named fest director. We apologize for the error. [Brian Brooks]

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