NEWS: The Global Film Initiative Appoints Three New Members to Board of Directors

New appointments add depth in international relations, fundraising and business development as Initiative enters tenth year

San Francisco, CAFebruary 16, 2012 - The Global Film Initiative announced today the appointment of Michelle van Gilder, Theda Jackson-Mau and Matthew Tollin to its Board of Directors.

The new appointees join the current ten-member Board in advising the Initiative on ongoing programs and strategic initiatives, including a dynamic multi-channel expansion of the Global Lens distribution platform, and domestic and international exhibition partnerships that promote the Initiative’s global philanthropic mission.

New appointments to the Global Film Initiative Board of Directors:

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GFI Congratulates Board Members Konrad Ng and Robert Byrne!

Ng Appointed Director of Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program; Byrne awarded 2011 Haghefilm Foundation Award

Konrad Ng

The Global Film Initiative congratulates GFI Board members Konrad Ng and Robert Byrne for their recent professional achievements!

Konrad Ng was appointed Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program in April following an assistant professorship at the University of Hawaii’s Academy of Creative Media and tenure at the Honolulu Academy of Arts—former host of the Global Lens film series (and where we first became acquainted with Konrad).

Robert Byrne

Robert Byrne—on the heels of his appointment as Board President of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival—was awarded the 2011 Haghefilm Foundation Award earlier this year and is currently in Amsterdam working on restoration/reconstruction of the 1923 feature,THE SPANISH DANCER at the EYE Film Instituut Nederland.