Movie producer Stephanie Allain named director of L.A. Film Festival
Veteran film producer Stephanie Allain has been named the new director of the Los Angeles Film Festival. She succeeds Rebecca Yeldham, who recently stepped down from the position she had held since 2009.
Allain, best known for her work as a producer on such films as "Black Snake Moan" and "Hustle & Flow," has served on the Film Independent Board of Directors since 2007 and recently chaired the Spirit Awards Nominating Committee. Film Independent runs both the Spirit Awards and the L.A. Film Festival.
"Stephanie has a clear vision for the festival, a stellar track record as a producer and a deep commitment to the Festival's filmmaker-centric focus," Film Independent co-president Sean McManus said in a statement.
Yeldham oversaw the transition of the Los Angeles Film Festival from Westwood to its new location in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to her role at Film Independent, Yeldham is an independent producer who recently completed her third project with director Walter Salles, "On the Road," an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel.
Allain will work closely with festival Managing Director Gloria Campbell and festival Artistic Director David Ansen to pull together the 2012 film festival slated to run June 14-24.
"The Los Angeles Film Festival is a unique celebration of cinema and a hub for filmmakers and film lovers, especially for those of us who live and work in the film industry," Allain said in a statement. "I can't wait to dive in and develop creative ways in which we can expand the festival and its programs."
-- Nicole Sperling
Photo: Stephanie Allain on the set of "Hustle & Flow'" with writer-director Craig Brewer, left, and producer John Singleton Credit: Alan Spearman / Paramount Classics