Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s New Executive Director Discusses Goals and Recent Successes

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Once his term as board chair is complete on June 15, Samuel Scott will become the new executive director at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, writes Kenneth Hilario for Philadelphia Business Journal.

Under Scott’s and the board’s watchful eye, the institute has already enjoyed numerous successes, putting it at the top of the art scene in the region.

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Samuel Scott

“Our current membership has grown to over 9,000, with almost 200,000 tickets sold annually,” he said in an interview with Philadelphia Business Journal.

For Q1 2017, our ticket sales were up almost 50 percent year-over-year, and we out-grossed every art house in the region.”

Once he takes over as an executive director, Scott plans to continue the legacy established by the institute’s founder Juliet Goodfriend. This will include special screenings of older films that have been lovingly restored.

“On a big screen with great sound, you cannot beat the experience,” said Scott.

Talking about the biggest challenges today for institutions such as BMFI, Scott noted that many would say it is competition from cable networks and streaming services.

However, he and the other employees at BMFI disagree. They believe “that there is no substitute for communal viewing in a darkened theater.”

Read the entire interview of Samuel Scott at Philadelphia Business Journal by clicking here.

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