Northwest Film Forum’s New Program Director
Adam Sekuler replaces outgoing program director Jaime Keeling. Here he is:
Adam Sekuler comes to us from Minnesota Film Arts in Minneanapolis, where he has been programming the non-fiction film series for a year or so. (Before that, he programmed for the University Film Society and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, which is administered through with MFA.) Currently on the schedule at his theater: Ganges River to Heaven, New York Doll, The Untold Story of Emmett Till, and The Goebbels Experiment. Minnesota Film Arts hasn’t been having a great time of it lately: They may be closing down their other theater, which programs narrative classics like Casablanca and Citizen Kane. The programmer of that space quit at the beginning of January. Good job getting out while the getting out is good, Mr. Sekuler!
But here’s the kicker. If Minnesota Film Arts sounds familiar, it’s because that’s where we shipped Northwest Film Forum cofounder (and former Stranger film editor) Jamie Hook, who was subsequently ousted from his MFA executive director perch after failing to apply for a crucial $50,000 grant. According to a hostile witness, board director Larry Lamb, “[Hook] missed numerous grant deadlines. His folly was on a grand scale.” So it appears that Hook’s presence led, in a roundabout way, to Sekuler’s exodus. Ironic, n’est-ce pas?