Film Independent, the organization behind the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, has finally confirmed producer Stephanie Allain as the new Los Angeles Film Festival Director, replacing Rebecca Yeldham, who has returned to producing. Allain has been a part of the organization since 2007, serving on its board of directors as well as chairing the Spirit Awards Nominating Committee. She will join LA Film Fest artistic director David Ansen and chief programmer Doug Jones.
Film Independent has been weathering many changes, as longtime chief Dawn Hudson is now running the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; after an exhaustive search, the organization finally replaced her with her two lieutenants, Sean McManus and Josh Welsh.
In her early career as a producer and executive at Columbia Pictures, Allain oversaw the making of John Singeton's "Boyz n The Hood," and worked with Robert Rodriguez and Darnell Martin on their feature debuts. At the end of her time at Columbia, she held the position of Senior Vice President of Production. She has also worked as the president of Jim Henson Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment, and in 2004 founded her own production company, Homegrown Pictures, which produced the movie "Hustle & Flow." Her most recent project is Tina Gordon Chism's directorial debut "We the Peeples."