VIDEO TRUST, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION DEVOTED TO FILM ADVOCACY, NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jan. 4, 2021 – Video Trust, the 40-year-old organization devoted to helping strengthen film collections at libraries around the country, is taking a next step with new leadership.
After 2 years, outgoing Executive Director Jeff Tamblyn will step away to focus on other projects. “During my tenure, the former National Media Market transitioned from an annual trade show to an advocacy organization for libraries and film. We serve all types of libraries as well as filmmakers and distributors. Today’s announcement of Chad Hunter as our new Executive Director marks a big step forward for our agenda. His previous work shows a tremendous capability for organizational development and the imagination and drive needed to be innovative in this underserved field,” Tamblyn remarked.
Hunter joins the organization after working in the archival and film exhibition industries for over 20 years, most recently as Senior Director of The Rangos Giant Cinema at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His past media archive work includes positions at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York; the community arts organization Appalshop in eastern Kentucky; and musician Peter Gabriel’s human rights organization WITNESS in New York City. He holds a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
“The timing is perfect for me to join Video Trust – it’s an exciting opportunity to put to use my experience in archiving, my connections with film distributors, and my nonprofit experience and education,” said Hunter. He added, “I am pleased to be able to bring some fresh ideas and connections to the organization.”
A key priority for Hunter in 2021 is guiding Video Trust through the transition from a 501(c)(6) to a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. “The 501(c)(6) status does not allow Video Trust to receive tax-deductible donations or to pursue much-needed grants,” Hunter explained, adding that “many libraries lack the funding or technology to adequately build and preserve their film collections. Our goal is to remove those barriers, and to empower libraries to better share the powerful stories that cinema has to tell.”
Video Trust provides professional development opportunities for its members through webinars; holds an annual Market to help librarians discover new films for their collections; and provides preservation and access resources through its Academic Libraries Video Trust project. “Our plans,” says Hunter, “also include the establishment of a journal, as well as a public database of library film holdings to make it easier to find streaming rights and physical media.”