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New organization takes next step to boost local film industry

For more information, contact:
• Gloria Skurski 937-220-1645, gskurski@thinktv.org
• Eva Buttacavoli, 937-694-9374, evabuttacavoli@gmail.com


DAYTON, Ohio — 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.

Buttacavoli, who has worked previously as director of exhibitions and education at the Austin, Texas, Museum of Art and as curator of education for the Miami Art Museum in Miami, Fla., will be the first director of FilmDayton.

FilmDayton, an outgrowth of 2007’s DaytonCREATE movement, seeks 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.

In addition to planning local film education programs and the second FilmDayton Festival, FilmDayton is planning to initiate a membership program and to continue working to make the region more conducive to filmmaking work. It 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.”

“FilmDayton was looking for a director who could help build us up from being a busy, all-volunteer group into a vibrant, can-do organization that finds new, creative ways to help filmmakers who want to work here,” said Ron Rollins, president of FilmDayton’s board. “Eva’s experience and insights into the needs of artists, educators and filmmakers will be a real asset to Dayton’s growing film community.”

“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. 1.

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