Robinson Film Center names interim executive director to start in February

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The Robinson Film Center has named Richard Hansil as the interim executive director after Meghan Hochstetler Avallone's departure.

Hansil currently serves as the director of programming and education and has been with the Robinson, along with his wife Rachel, since 2019. They have helped grow the RFC's education and film programming.

“I love being part of the team at the Robinson Film Center, and Meghan is the reason I’m here,” Hansil said. “She’s been instrumental in making this my favorite place in Shreveport, and I look forward to continuing the work she’s done to make RFC such a special place for our city and the surrounding region.”

Starting out as a volunteer in the summer film camps and leading classes in the adult education department, Rich and Rachael officially joined the staff in 2019 as co-education directors before taking over as co-directors of programming and education in 2021.

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Hansil is an award-winning filmmaker with experience in shorts, features and television working his way across multiple departments in the industry. His credits include Netflix, Discovery, NBC, ABC and Fox along with several film festivals.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have Rich at RFC and are thrilled about the opportunity for him to lead the organization,” said Anna Gleason, RFC board president. “We’re sorry to see Meghan go, but she is leaving RFC with an exceptional team in place. Rich is the right choice to lead us through this transition."

Avallone's final day at RFC will be Feb. 4. The board of directors is still conducting a search for a permanent executive director. All those interested can email jobs@robinsonfilmcenter.org.

Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at mgwhite@gannett.com.

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