There is an important personnel update to share from the Chicago cultural landscape. After nearly two decades at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin is leaving for her next chapter. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will launch a search for a new director in early January.
“It’s been my honor to showcase important films, foster conversations with filmmakers from all over the world, establish the Film Center as a thriving part of Chicago’s cultural community, and champion the art of cinema alongside the wonderful GSFC team,” de St. Aubin declared in a statement.
During her time at the Film Center, Jean championed festivals to spotlight diverse films and directors while growing audiences and engaging community leaders, increased membership, and steered the Film Center through the COVID-19 pandemic, pivoting to streaming films and launching a virtual discussion series.
“I am so grateful for the last two decades I’ve spent at the Film Center, and I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and admiration for the talented and dedicated Film Center staff,” de St. Aubin shared. “I’ll see you at the movies.”
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