After a decade with the Denver Fim Society and the Sie FilmCenter, programming manager Keith Garcia is saying goodbye. Beginning August 2, Garcia will become creative manager for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, overseeing the programming for the chain's newly opened Littleton location.
But he's far from cutting ties with his cinematic alma mater. Even before the Alamo Drafthouse had a physical location in Colorado, the brand had been collaborating with Garcia and the FilmCenter, and that partnership will continue.
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"I'm excited to join the family at Alamo Drafthouse, but I consider it a marriage between the Drafthouse and the FilmCenter," says Garcia. "We will definitely still be together in many forms over the years. It's the perfect mingling of two organizations."
"Everywhere that the Alamo is expanding to, they have a very important eye on working with nonprofit film organizations and film societies, and that was something very important to me before I even considered taking this role," says Garcia.
While the FilmCenter is looking for a replacement, Garcia promises that some of his film programming will continue after his departure.
If you'd like to wish Garcia well, he will be at the Sie through the end of the month, including hosting this weekend's Cinema Q Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. Garcia says that when he announced his departure last night at the opening of the festival, the reaction was definitely mixed.
"I got booed by people," Garcia says with a laugh.
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But all joking aside, Garcia's smiling face and smart film curation will be missed as a regular fixture of the Sie FilmCenter and Denver Film Society.