Late Monday, the Denver Film Society announced that a search was already under way for a new executive director to take the place of Bo Smith, who'd finally been dismissed just two days before. "We are looking for a permanent replacement," DFS board chair David Charmatz told me. "We'll decide as a board on who we select... the sooner the better."
And already, a leading candidate has surfaced: Tom Botelho, the former Denver Newspaper Agency marketing exec who worked with the DFS, including current interim exec director Britta Erickson and co-founder Ron Henderson, for six months last year. Botelho is a savvy guy with good business connections in the community -- connections that could really count as the Denver Film Society looks to balance its budget and smooth over some rough relationships.
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Neither Charmatz nor Erickson would comment on the search process, and Botelho -- reached at an airport lounge as he waited for the plane that would take his family on a long-promised trip to Portugal -- wasn't talking about the possible job, either. Except to say this: "I can confirm I'm on my way to Europe."
Oh, and this: He'd just spotted French film actor Gerard Depardieu in the lounge.
The Denver Film Society board will be meeting again today.