Longtime Company Executive Will Oversee All Operations and Programming for the New York City Arthouse
New York, NY (April 25, 2023) – IFC Films announced today that longtime company executive and IFC Center’s Vice President of Programs and Promotions Harris Dew has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President and General Manager. Dew will oversee all operations and programming for IFC Center and will report to Scott Shooman, Interim President of IFC Films.
Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, IFC Center has been a mecca for cinephiles for nearly two decades, known for exhibiting the best in foreign, independent and classic film and as the home of DOC NYC, the nation’s biggest documentary film festival.
“Harris has played a key role establishing IFC Center as a beloved cultural institution for the independent and documentary film communities, particularly in bringing to life our hugely successful DOC NYC festival and ensuring a diverse and inclusive line-up of films and events,” said Shooman. “With his great programming sensibilities and strong industry relationships, we look forward to Harris leading IFC Center into its next chapter.”
“I’m incredibly excited to take over the reins of IFC Center and build on our proud 18-year history of bringing New Yorkers great films,” said Dew. “Exhibiting films in a theater is still the best way to make people fall in love with the movies, and I’m honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to showcase important artists and provide film lovers with a vibrant moviegoing experience.”
Dew has been with IFC Center since 2005 when he joined as Director of Programs and Promotions. In his role, he has programmed first-run engagements, repertory film series and special events for the noted downtown New York City arthouse. In addition to overseeing marketing and communications, he was part of the founding core team of DOC NYC, the annual documentary festival produced and presented by IFC Center. Dew has worked in the arthouse field for more than 25 years, previously holding positions in film programming and publicity at Film Forum, The Museum of Modern Art, MPRM, The San Francisco International Film Festival and New Yorker Films, and has served on numerous selection committees and film festival juries. He holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU.
Upcoming events at IFC Center include the openings of IFC Films’ SXSW and Berlinale hit BLACKBERRY (dir. Matt Johnson), Cannes alum R.M.N. (dir. Cristian Mungiu) and Venice selection MONICA (dir. Andrea Pallaoro); retrospectives of David Lynch and Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli; a new 4K restoration of 1995 indie hit PARTY GIRL (dir. Daisy von Scherler Mayer), screening with star Parker Posey in person; a 60th anniversary revival of Luchino Visconti’s epic THE LEOPARD; and the 2023 Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
About IFC Center
IFC Center, a division of IFC Films, is a five-screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village that opened in June 2005 following an extensive renovation of the historic Waverly Theater. IFC Center presents the best in new foreign-language, American independent and documentary features to audiences and is also known for its innovative repertory series and festivals, showing short films before its regular features in the ongoing “Short Attention Span Cinema” program, and special events such as the guest-curated “Movie Nights” and frequent in-person appearances by filmmakers. In 2010, IFC Center launched the acclaimed DOC NYC festival, a high-profile showcase that celebrates nonfiction filmmaking and is now the largest documentary festival in the US. For additional theater information, current and upcoming program details and more, visit ifccenter.com.
About IFC Films
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on digital platforms. IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.