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The AAFF announces the departure of Program Director David Dinnell. For six years he served as full time Program Director, Senior Programmer for one year, and provided special programming for three years prior. During that tenure, he has had an impressive trajectory and we are proud to have him as an important part of our history.

We appreciate the tremendous contributions that David has made to the AAFF. With his deep knowledge of and tireless commitment to independent and experimental film, David has established himself as a paragon of avant garde film curating. David has been instrumental in a major chapter of our 54-year-old organization, renowned for a rich legacy and tradition of celebrating film as art. For that we are grateful.

During his time with the AAFF, David was responsible for presenting retrospectives of many prominent film artists including Bruce Baillie, Penelope Spheeris, Pat O’Neill, Suzan Pitt, Tacita Dean, Wojciech Bąkowski, and many others. He represented the Festival through appearances with the AAFF touring program at venues such as Los Angeles FilmForum, Union Docs in Brooklyn, Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

He has presented special programs and juried at festivals all around the world from the Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (BIM) in Buenos Aires to ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival in Poznań, Poland.

We thank David for his dedicated service to the Festival, our filmmakers, and the art of film. We wish him all the best in his next endeavors.

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