Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Kathleen Mullen invited to teach Film Festival Management at universities in both the US and Canada

November 25, 2020 | Press Release
Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Kathleen Mullen invited to teach Film Festival Management at universities in both the US and Canada

On Tuesday, November 24, Three Dollar Bill Cinema emailed the following statement to the SGN and the rest of their email subscriber list:

Thank you for joining us for a wonderful 25th Anniversary celebration with Seattle Queer Film Festival and our encore series!

There is important news to share with you: Our fantastic Interim Executive Director, Kathleen Mullen, will be moving on in the new year to pursue new opportunities. Kathleen has been invited to teach Film Festival Management at universities in both the US and Canada.

In January of 2020, we welcomed Kathleen as our Interim Executive Director. Kathleen started with Three Dollar Bill Cinema in 2014, as Festival Director of the Seattle Queer Film Festival, and has continued to impact our organization. In 2020, she took on the difficult task of moving our programming online resulting in multiple successful virtual events. Kathleen worked with the Board of Directors, volunteers, and community to create a wonderful 15th anniversary of Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival and the milestone 25th anniversary year of the Seattle Queer Film Festival.

After leading us through the unprecedented times of 2020, Kathleen is wrapping up The Seattle Queer Film Festival and working with our two new team members to ensure a smooth transition to 2021. Maddy Szmidt, our Seattle Queer Film Festival Coordinator is moving into the role of Programs and Operations Coordinator. She will be coordinating our programs to ensure our organization continues to provide the quality programming it's known for, and continue its growth. Alanna Francis, who joined Three Dollar Bill Cinema as Development Associate, is moving into the Development Manager position. She will be further aligning the organization's mission, vision, and heart for both long and short term impact. Both are invested in taking Three Dollar Bill Cinema into 2021 and a new era of queer and trans programming.

2020 has greatly affected many people, communities, and businesses - especially those who are marginalized. Nonprofit organizations, especially the film and performing arts sector, have taken a hit, and we are grateful to be able to continue our work in the community.

We at Three Dollar Bill Cinema are fortunate to have had Kathleen step in and guide us through this past year, and look forward to her return in a film programming capacity for the 26th year of the Seattle Queer Film Festival in 2021.

The Three Dollar Bill Cinema Board of Directors is continuing to work on the next iteration of leadership for the organization.

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm for queer cinema! We look forward to seeing you virtually, and at some point, in person again.

"On behalf of the Three Dollar Bill Team and Board of Directors, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kathleen Mullen for her dedication and commitment to Three Dollar Bill Cinema and joining us for this exceptional year as Interim Executive Director. 2020 was very challenging for non-profits, and Kathleen was able to make our 25th anniversary year special and successful with two online festivals. Her knowledge of film and her endless energy for our community are invaluable. We really appreciated her stepping in this year in our time of need. We could not have done it without her. We congratulate her for new opportunities in academia, and wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors. We look forward to continuing to work with her in programming in the future. I will personally miss working with her very much. Please join us in wishing Kathleen well in all her adventures in the new year." - Clay Warner, Board President

"I want to sincerely thank the volunteers, staff, board, and all of our invaluable sponsors, funders, and members who have supported us during a very difficult year due to COVID-19. The Seattle film community is amazing! I love it! And despite a year full of changes and taking two film festivals online it was an exciting and solidifying year for Three Dollar Bill Cinema and our mission. I am excited to see what the 26th year brings for Translations, SQFF, and more TDBC initiatives. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Three Dollar Bill Cinema in the area of programming and with the Seattle community, of course! I truly appreciate all the support and warmth you have given to me and I will never forget my time with you." - Kathleen Mullen, Interim Executive Director / Festival Director SQFF

Courtesy of Three Dollar Bill Cinema