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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL; August 22, 2012
For Immediate Release
IFP MINNESOTA APPOINTS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
IFP Minnesota has named Andrew Peterson as Interim Executive Director. He will lead the nonprofit media arts organization as it undergoes structural and programmatic changes to meet the challenges of the current economy and evolution in the media arts field.
Peterson has served as Vice President of Production at the film production and financing company Werc Werk Works, co-producing independent features such as LIFE DURING WARTIME and HOWL. He also serves as Director of Programming for the Provincetown International Film Festival, where he secures programming and honorees such as Quentin Tarantino, Tilda Swinton, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Roger Corman. Since 2003, his work with the Sundance Film Festival has involved Peterson pre-screening US narrative features and overseeing theater operations in four cities.
In addition to his diverse leadership positions, Peterson is also a prolific producer of independent feature films, including DARLING COMPANION, THIN ICE, and WORLD AND TIME ENOUGH. He has also served as consultant on projects such as the narrative feature TULLY and the documentary SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN, and early in his career, as location manager for BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, JOE SOMEBODY, THE STRAIGHT STORY, and numerous music videos and commercials. Additionally, Peterson has worked with the Walker Art Center, City Pages, and Minnesota Film and TV.
The announcement of Peterson's move to IFP Minnesota has been met with enthusiasm among the local and national media arts community. "Andrew is an excellent choice," said Craig Rice, producer of film, television and music, and former Executive Director of Minnesota Film and TV. "Andrew is an artist and a leader, and he'll bring innovation and energy during this transition," added Rice. Producer Christine Walker (THE CONVINCER, HOWL, LIFE DURING WARTIME) echoed these sentiments, remarking "I have worked with Andrew for many years and I know that he will carry on the tradition of strong advocacy for filmmakers that IFP Minnesota has embodied over the years." From New York, IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente said, "IFP Minnesota is a great organization and is lucky to have Andrew Peterson taking the helm. Our Head of Programming Amy Dotson and I know that Andrew's combination of extensive festival and production experience is going to light it up, and help IFP Minnesota get ready for its next chapter. Thank you and kudos to Jane Minton and the entire IFP Minnesota staff for their years of support of our fantastic community."
Peterson will start with the organization at the beginning of September. "We're delighted to welcome Andrew as Interim Executive Director," said Christie Rothenberg Healey, president of IFP Minnesota's board of directors. "He's a great fit for the organization in this transition phase."