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First Paid Job Spawned From DaytonCREATE


Creating Regional Excitement, Action, Talent and Enthusiasm

In 2007 The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) assembled the Creative Class Taskforce of 20 community groups, that funded  Dr. Florida’s “Creative Communities Leadership Project” in the greater Dayton area.  In March of 2008,  32 catalysts have launched these five initiatives to pull together the ideas and talents of all parts of the community in building creative environments for broad regional prosperity.  Now in Nov of 2009, the first job has been created from this movement.

PrintOne of the initiatives, FilmDayton works to build film audience and business in Dayton and the surrounding area, and to encourage the growth of the local filmmaking industry. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, it produces the annual FilmDayton Festival in downtown Dayton in May of each year and conducts monthly “Film Connections” meetings at which local filmmakers meet to discuss and share their work.  After eighteen months as an all volunteer organization, FilmDayton has hired seasoned arts administrator Eva Buttacavoli as director of the organization designed to boost filmmaking in the region, its board of directors announced.

11540_1203883950097_1618560229_512280_1125709_sButtacavoli came to the Miami Valley in 2008 and was an active volunteer with DaytonCREATE.  Previously, she was the director of exhibitions and education at the Austin Museum of Art, where she was recognized for creating art experiences that connect to everyday life and curated numerous exhibitions. Buttacavoli also has served as director of education at the Miami Art Museum and Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum in Miami. She was awarded museum educator of the year in both Texas (2006) and Florida (1999).  “I’m committed to the people who make, watch and love film, who talk, blog and Tweet about it,” Buttacavoli said. “I’m also committed to making our region a new nexus of it all.”

Buttacavoli, who lives in Centerville with her husband, began her duties Nov. 1st.
In addition to planning local film education programs and the second FilmDayton Festival, she will help FilmDayton initiate a membership program and to continue working to make the region more conducive to filmmaking work. The organization is working with the Muse Machine, Centerville High School and Wright State University on a student filmmaker “boot camp” in 2010. FilmDayton has also partnered on programming with the local African World Film Festival and the Sundog Film Festival, and worked with HBO on Dayton premieres of two documentaries on the network, “The Last Truck” and “They Killed Sister Dorothy.”

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