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Departing Los Angeles Film Festival Programmer Doug Jones Heads East

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2014 at 11:41PM

Following Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen out the door was Film Independent and LAFF programming veteran Doug Jones, who swiftly landed a new gig. He's moving to Williamstown, MA as the new executive director of the Images Cinema, a venerable downtown single-screen theater.
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Doug Jones
Doug Jones

Following Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen out the door was Film Independent and LAFF programming veteran Doug Jones, who swiftly landed a new gig. He's moving to Williamstown, MA as the new executive director of the Images Cinema, a venerable downtown single-screen theater. In September he replaces Sandra Thomas, who has resigned after 12 years. Jones is looking forward to taking over the renovated art house cinema, which plays first-run indies and foreign films as well as classic repertory cinema, bringing in talent for Q & As. He wants to try some new ideas and programming initiatives. 

Jones has two decades of experience at film festivals and arts nonprofits. He's currently associate programmer for the Philadelphia Film Festival, and prior to his dozen years at LAFF and Film Independent, he was Film and Video Programmer at the San Francisco International Film Festival and San Francisco Film Society, and earned his exhibition bonafides as Program Director of the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis. He's also written for Indiewire, Twitch and Film Comment, and often serves on the nominations committee for Cinema Eye Honors for non-fiction filmmaking. 

Jones is making his farewells to his LA friends before moving back East with his wife, a Massachusetts native, and their young son. He and his karaoke skills will be missed. 

This article is related to: Los Angeles Film Festival, Exhibition, Exhibition


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.