Lucas Draper has officially left the building! Enzian's resident big man (all 6+ feet of him) and jack of all trades over the past 3 years or so, had his final day here the end of last week. He will definitely be missed. Lucas started out as the Development Assistant for Enzian and the 2006 Florida Film Festival, but soon expanded his responsibilities to encompass not only sponsorship, but Enzian Film Society membership, FFF Platinum Pass holders, a community outreach program to set up and maintain a garden with a local elementary school ("The Ferncreek Garden Project"), and producing the Young Filmmakers Summer Camp and Kidfest Film Series for campers in Grades 5 - 7--easily the most successful one yet. Lucas departs with the title of "Development & Community Relations Associate."
He also rejuvenated Membership Month for the Film Society last October, producing a series of three special events to bring a lot of attention to Enzian's status as a non-profit cultural arts organization that depends on its memberships to keep the machine running. These events--including "Damn the Man" with a screening of EMPIRE RECORDS preceded by a host of local bands performing live on the theater lawn; "CHOCOLAT and Chocolate" with an evening screening of the Johnny Depp/Juliette Binoche-starrer and a chocolate and wine reception; and a "Guerilla Filmmaking" day with a panel of local filmmakers and a screening of John Waters' CECIL B. DEMENTED--were both incredibly fun and very successful.
Lucas' warm personality, huge smile, passion for film, and fan-boy enthusiasm (name a superhero/genre film he didn't look forward to) will be missed around here, and we wish him the best of luck with his plans to relocate to Seattle. Now I just have to get back the Matthew Sweet/Susanna Hoffs and Submarines CDs I loaned him...