After a nationwide search, Fort Wayne Cinema Center has hired Jonah Crismore as its new executive director, effective Aug. 15.
Most recently Crismore was a variable annuities underwriting specialist for Lincoln Financial Group and an adjunct film instructor at Huntington University.
He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video from Columbia College, Chicago.
Crismore previously served as a freelance production assistant for Punch Films, Fort Wayne; was a freelance writer for the Fort Wayne Reader; and was an intern for AMC's "The Walking Dead" television series, Valhalla Motion Pictures, and Madhouse Entertainment, all three of Los Angeles.
In addition, he worked as nonprofit performance marketing and outreach coordinator for the Maumee Youth Project.
In his free time, he shoots music videos for local performers, production companies and independent music labels in northeast Indiana.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be selected to lead Cinema Center into its next chapter,” Crismore said in a statement. “Through community partnerships and the support of our members, Cinema Center will continue to be northeast Indiana's premiere destination for the best independent, foreign, and documentary films. With so many options at the modern audience's disposal to experience the art of film, Cinema Center will offer innovative theatrical events that blend technology and the act of watching a movie, on a big screen, with fellow film lovers.”
Crismore replaces Catherine Lee, who resigned as Cinema Center's executive director in May.
Founded in 1976, Cinema Center is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to bringing the best in film to northeast Indiana. It is the only theater in Fort Wayne dedicated to showcasing film as an art form.