Denver Film Society executive director Andrew Rodgers steps down due to ‘difference of vision’

Britta Erickson will serve as interim executive director.

The Sie FilmCenter, Sept. 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Andrew Rodgers has stepped down as executive director of the Denver Film Society effective today.

Denver Film Festival Director Britta Erickson stepped in Friday as interim executive director, according to a press release.

“Generally speaking, it’s really parting ways because of a difference in how we see the organization moving forward and a difference of vision, and that’s really what it is,” Rodgers told Denverite. “I don’t have the next phase for myself figured out yet. I’m really excited about this organization, I’ve been pleased to work here, I’m optimistic, and they’ve got a bright future ahead of them.”

The press release similarly cited “differing visions” and called the split “amicable.”

Rodgers has been the Film Society’s executive director since January 2016. In a little more than three years in the role, Rodgers more than doubled DFS’s year-round box office grosses and membership revenues, according to the press release. It also credits him with strengthening the financial management and marketing efforts and securing the first-ever grants from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“First and foremost, we’re incredibly grateful to Andrew for his three years of service and leadership of our organization,” DFS Board Chair Kevin Teng said in a statement. “As we turn our focus to what’s next, we have tremendous confidence in Britta, as well as the entire professional staff of our organization to keep us focused and on track as we begin our work to find a new executive director.”

Erickson has worked for the organization for 20 years and as festival director since 2008. She will continue to work in her current role in addition to the interim position.

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