Dallas Film Society President/CEO Lee Papert To Exit The Popcorn World

Sarah and Lee Papert (File photo)

Dallas Film Society President/CEO Lee Papert is leaving the dark theaters of the film world and looking to a brighter future. As soon as the official word on his departure is received, it will be posted.

In talking with Lee, he admitted that six years ago he started a whole new world, both personally and professionally. Just the week before being named to head up the DFS, he married Sarah Papert, who is executive director of the Vickery Meadows Learning Center.

Lee will still be at DFS through June. After that, he’ll probably have to go through popcorn-withdrawal treatments.

Artist Maureen Womack And Entrepreneur Dallas Sonnier Join Dallas Film Society Board Of Directors

And the news keeps coming in! The Dallas Film Society has just added a couple of new members to its board and revealed the leaders for the upcoming year.  The newbies are entrepreneur/film industry professional Dallas Sonnier and non-representational artist Maureen Womack.

Dallas Sonnier*

Dallas Sonnier*

Maureen Womack*

Maureen Womack*

According to DFS President/CEO Lee Papert, “I am thrilled to announce that Dallas Sonnier and Maureen Womack will be joining the Dallas Film Society Board of Directors. We have sought to strengthen the representation on our board from the both the film community and the arts community and could not have found a better duo to begin that effort. Having just completed a very successful ten years, their talent, experience and vision will assist us in our efforts to reach for even greater goals and help elevate the Dallas Film Society as we enter our second decade.”

Maureen and Dallas will be joining returning board members Benton Bagot, Jason Cleveland, Paul Coggins, Lauren Embrey, Clare Freeman, Suzanne Bock Grishman, Geoff Hawkes, Harry Hunsicker, Lynn Lewis and Larry Waks.

Lee Papert (File photo)

Lee Papert (File photo)

Mark Denesuk (File photo)

Mark Denesuk (File photo)

According to DFS Chairman of the Board Mark Denesuk, “The addition of Dallas and Maureen is an important one for this Board. They will add to the fabric of the impressive group of individuals already on hand to broaden the scope of this organization’s collective talents, resources, experience, and outlook. By this point in its existence, the Dallas Film Society holds a great responsibility as a leading force in the celebration, promotion, and education of film and cinema not just in Dallas, but throughout Texas and the Southwest. Each one of our members brings an expertise to the table that can only continue to build the Film Society’s reputation at a local, national and international level.”

Joining Mark in leadership roles for 2016-2017 will be Mary Hatcher as treasurer and Matt Bivona as secretary.

For a full rundown on Maureen and Dallas, and it’s quite a rundown, follow the jump:

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In Hawaiian Shirt Lee Papert Hosted The Dallas Film Society Sponsor And Chairman’s Reception Poolside At The Highland

While accountants burned up the numerical keyboards to meet the demands of the IRS on Friday, April 15, film lovers and supporters like Melina McKinnon, Don Stokes, Mark Denesuk and Janis Burklund could have cared less.

Melina McKinnon

Melina McKinnon

Mark Denesuk

Mark Denesuk

Don Stokes

Don Stokes

Well, at least, they acted that way at The Highland for the Dallas Film Society Sponsor and Chairman’s Reception as part of the 10th Annual Dallas International Film Festival.

Michael Cain, Tanya Foster and Lee Papert

Michael Cain, Tanya Foster and Lee Papert

Poolside there was just the slightest breeze, allowing past President/CEO Tanya Foster to do a successful hair toss. Present DFS President/CEO Lee Papert unsuccessfully tried a similar toss to the chuckles of DIFF Co-Founder Michael Cain.

Michael Cain socks and Lee Papert socks

Michael Cain socks and Lee Papert socks

For fashion fans, Michael and Lee were showboats with their “talk-to-me-socks.” However, Lee topped the fashion competition with his Hawaiian shirt and matching shoes.

Briefly Lee recalled that when he interviewed for the DFS job, he was on his honeymoon and got word from DFS Artistic Director James Faust that he had never worn a Hawaiian shirt. For Lee’s final job interview, he presented James with a Hawaiian shirt. While it hasn’t been an everyday wear by James, he did sport it at Lee’s 50th birthday party.

Just after Lee took to the mic and thanked past chairs including Don, Michael, Lynn McBee, and Ruth Mutch, he was off to downtown to introduce one of the day’s films.

But before he left, he reported that at least 30,000 were expected to participate in the celebration of films until Saturday, April 23.

MySweet2014Goals: Lee Papert

Lee Papert (File photo)

Lee Papert (File photo)

According to Dallas Film Society President/CEO Lee Papert,

“2014 promises to be a very exciting year for the Dallas Film Society as we focus on 3 main goals – producing a well attended 2014 Dallas International Film Festival (April 3 – 13) chock full of great films and star talent (and it’s looking real good so far); continuing to expand our high school educational programs – including our exciting Summer Film Camp; and hosting the 5th annual The Art of Film benefit event in November once again showcasing one of Hollywood’s greats!

“Additionally, on a more personal note, I’m looking forward to taking at least one GREAT vacation with my beautiful wife to a place that has beaches – lots and lots of beaches.”

Dallas Film Society’s Lee Papert Is Mum On Art Of The Film But He’s Got Other News That Includes New Members And $$

Lee Papert

Ran into Dallas Film Society President Lee Papert at the Klyde Warren Park reveal event taking place at the Dallas Museum of Art today. Guess it was too hot to have it at the park itself, or the construction workers didn’t want a bunch of civilian types slowing down the progress.

Back to Lee. He looked like he had just popped in from a Hawaiian vacation in a Dale-Hansen-training-camp type shirt. The big smile on his face begged the reason. Was it the headliner of the Art of the Film in November? Nope. That person was yet to be decided/announced.

But he was very happy about the brand, spanking new members of the Dallas Film Society Board including Benton Bagot, Brad Berkley, Clare Freeman, Tara Lewis and Ian McGloin.

Then there were the plans for the April 4-14 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF). Submission of films for the 2013 film extravaganza opened today.

In its six-year history, DIFF has received over 7000 submissions, screened 1162 films from 50 countries, hosted 1000 filmmakers and featured 62 world premieres and 17 U.S premieres.

That’s a heck of a lot of popcorn.

If you’re a film type or a wannabe, you need to know confirmed awards include an unrestricted cash prize of $10,000 for the winners of both the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature Competition. Once again The Embrey Foundation’s $10,000 Silver Heart Award is awarded the film most dedicated to fighting injustices and creating social change for the improvement of humanity. The Texas Competition winner will receive a camera rental package worth $30,000 for their next production, courtesy of Panavision.

Early deadline for submissions is Friday, October 26.  Regular deadline is Friday, December 7.  Late deadline is Friday, December 14.

You don’t want to make a bad impression, so don’t be late.

Just In: Lee Papert Named Dallas Film Society’s New President And CEO

Sarah and Lee Papert

We said earlier today that the announcement of the Dallas Film Society‘s new president/CEO would happen soon. Boy, were we right! Word is just being made public that Lee Papert is bringing his 20 years of business experience and 12 years of development marketing experience in the nonprofit sector to the position.

According to DFS Chairman of the Board of Directors Lynn McBee, “Lee was an outstanding candidate for this high-profile position. His extensive experience in the Dallas nonprofit field, coupled with his astute business acumen and passion for film, made the search committee’s decision unanimous in the selection of our new president and CEO. We are absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to take the helm and lead the Dallas Film Society into a new and increasingly successful era.”

Prior to taking his position, Lee was director of marketing and development for the Trinity River and Dogwood Canyon Audubon Centers, executive director of the Arts District Friends and the first director of development for the Dallas Wind Symphony.

His volunteer involvement has included past board membership of the Dallas Architecture Foundation/Dallas Center for Architecture, the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association and the advisory boards of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In addition to being past president of the Shakespeare Dallas Board of Directors and a past member of the St. Mark’s School of Texas Alumni Board, he is a graduate of the Dallas Chamber’s Leadership Dallas program and the Business Council for the Arts’ Leadership Arts program.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of the Dallas Film Society team,” said Lee. “Tanya Foster did an incredible job in continuing to raise the profile and membership base of the Dallas Film Society. I hope to build upon this solid platform and work not only to celebrate film and filmmakers as art and artists, but also to raised the visibility and appreciation for Dallas as a destination amongst her citizens and the many who will come here for the annual Dallas International Film Festival (April 12-22, 2012).”

In the meantime, why not buy a membership in the DFS. With the gift-giving-holidays upon us, it would be a truly unique gift for the film lover in your life.