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AFAI BOARD MEMBERS:

Richard Neupert
  (Co-President)
Dave Marr
  (Co-President)
Mary Lillie Watson
  (Treasurer)
Myung Chang Cogan 
  (Secretary)
Ruta Abolins
Sara Beresford
Cassie Bryant
Brian Carney
Todd Kelly
Robert Ordon
Carl Martin
Peter Smith
Marjorie Spalding
Mark Weathersby

[ see bios below ]

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ATHENS FILM ARTS INSTITUTE

ATHENS FILM ARTS INSTITUTE (AFAI)

Bringing the World to Athens One Film at a Time

Ciné is an extraordinary treasure that is unique to downtown Athens. The restored historic venue houses two cinemas, a full bar, and a versatile event space, and is the only independently operated, mission driven, non-profit, community-based art house movie theatre in the region. 

By providing film and arts that inspire, educate, and build community, Ciné enriches the quality of life in Athens, offering the unique opportunity to share the vitality of a community movie-going experience without the commercial distractions of the multiplex. Ciné plays a key role in the cultural landscape of downtown Athens, bringing people together to enjoy both the art of good cinema and the refreshment of a good drink. Ciné feeds the heart and mind by reliably providing thoughtful, challenging, inspirational, educational, and thought-provoking works to a loving community.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization—under the stewardship of THE ATHENS FILM ARTS INSTITUTE (AFAI), an all-volunteer Athens-based Board of Directors—Ciné reflects and celebrates the complex tapestry of the community we serve. AFAI ensures that Ciné can continue its unique and vital role in Athens’ cultural life, helping to make our town a better place to live, work, visit, and do business.

WHAT IS AFAI?
The Athens Film Arts Institute (AFAI) is a local non-profit organization created in 2009 with an educational mission that supports Ciné in its programming of exceptional films and other media. AFAI ensures that Ciné – with its location in a historic building downtown – can continue its unique and vital role in Athens’ cultural life as a community arts center.

AFAI assumed operations of Ciné on January 1, 2012. Our volunteer board consists of community members dedicated to maintaining the financial stability and expanding the educational mission of Ciné. AFAI received tax exempt 501(c)3 status from the IRS in 2011, which allows supporters the ability to make tax deductable contributions to ensure the viability of Athens’ independent movie theatre.

WHAT DOES MY CONTRIBUTION DO?
Maintaining the quality programming and community outreach you have come to expect from Ciné is expensive. Ciné is one of the few theaters in Georgia that screens films in 35mm and archival reel-to-reel prints.  Our operating costs are higher because we show films in their original format, and we sponsor many community events. Despite this, our ticket prices are actually less than the multiplexes.

AFAI’s work is made possible through your participation, and Ciné cannot continue to exist without your support. Your donations as a member, patron, or corporate patron will support Ciné in its new non-profit format, and your contributions to AFAI, which has 501(c)3 status, are tax-deductible. One more good reason among many to support Ciné!

More information on membership and patron donation options HERE

QUESTIONS? Contact us:  afai@athenscine.com

 

CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
RICHARD NEUPERT

Richard Neupert (Co-President)
Richard Neupert teaches Film Studies at UGA where he is the Charles H. Wheatley Professor of the Arts. His latest book, JOHN LASSETER (2016), details the rise of Pixar's stories and styles and he also just did an interview track for the Criterion DVD of PARIS BELONGS TO US, which was shot at Ciné. 

DAVE MARR Dave Marr (Co-President)
Dave Marr is a musician and writer who has lived in Athens since 1991. A former film columnist and city editor at Flagpole magazine, he is now the communications director at UGA’s Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. 
Mary Lillie Watson (Treasurer)
Mary Lillie Watson recently retired following a 32-year career in the financial industry with First American Bank and Trust, Edward Jones, and Morgan Stanley. An active member in the Classic City Rotary Club, the Apalachee Chapter of the DAR, the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, the Watkinsville Garden Club, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Athens, and Olli, Mary also currently serves on the boards for the University Women’s Club at UGA, the Watkinsville First Christian Church and the Oconee County Arts Foundation.
MYUNG CHANG COGAN Myung Chang Cogan (Secretary)
Myung Cogan works for Synovus Financial and manages marketing for the North and Coastal Georgia and North Florida Region. In addition to serving on the AFAI board she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and is a past board chair. Married to a filmmaker she has a love for film arts and is dedicated to providing the community with a unique venue delivering extraordinary programming. 
RUTA ABOLINS Ruta Abolins
Ruta Abolins heads up the Brown Media Archive & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, the third largest broadcast archive in the country. She loves when Ciné is able to show film in 35mm, in particular classic Hollywood movies.
Sara Beresford
Sara Beresford is passionate about media – particularly film – as an agent of awareness-raising and social change. Whether encouraging compassion for the human condition or inspiring an ethos of environmental stewardship, Sara is interested in the ways that 21st century media forms play a crucial role in making the world a better place. Sara grew up in the Seattle area and came to Athens in 1997 to earn a master's degree in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development. For seven years beginning in 2008, Sara was the founding director and programming lead for EcoFocus, an environmental documentary film festival in Athens. Sara currently works as the Communications and Outreach Lead for ECOGIG, a multi-institution research consortium focusing on deepwater ecosystems. Sara has also been working in a seasonal position for Sundance Film Festival since 2012.
CASSIE BRYANT

Cassie Bryant
Cassie Bryant recently retired from operating an education research and evaluation firm she founded in Athens nearly two decades ago. She and a group of neighbors produce a popular outdoor film series each summer in the Pulaski Heights neighborhood. Living within a short walk of Ciné, she has witnessed up close the vibrancy that the theater introduced to a historically sleepy corner of downtown. She shares the deep commitment of other AFAI board members to secure the theater's future.

Brian Carney
A native of Atlanta, Brian Carney has practiced law in Athens since 1981 and has served on the Ciné Board for several years. He loves films from the romantic comedies of the '30's & '40's to the small films of John Sayles and the epics of David Lean. He loves Ciné because, the next film may become one of your all-time favorites.
Todd David Kelly
Originally from Miami, Florida, Todd moved to Athens in 1994 after living with family in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and has volunteered at Cine ever since it opened in 2007. Joining the board in 2013, Todd has been committed to creating various film festivals, memorable events, promotional campaigns and merchandise -- including the annual Fall Classic Horror series, Schlocktoberfest, and our city's first LGBTQ Film Festival, Spectrum -- to help encourage new friendships and to help promote our mission, and help the community become friendlier, happier and healthier through the cinematic magic that Cine provides. 
Carl Martin
Carl Martin is an artist and designer. Trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship for photography and has exhibited in California, New York, Florida and Georgia. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, MOCA GA in Atlanta, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and numerous private collections. In 2012 and 2013 recent work of his was published in a four quarterly series called Free Fall by Fall Line Press and he is working on a book to be published with Fall Line Press in 2017. Carl, along with his wife Carl John, is one of the principles of D.O.C. Unlimited -a design-build firm based in Athens, Georgia, which was incorporated in 1993.
Robert Ordon
Bobby Ordon is a Senior Consultant with CGI Federal Inc where he specializes in federal financial management systems and business process re-engineering. He is a Terry Collage of Business alum with a BBA (2004) in Management Information Systems. He has played a role in updating Cine's business processes since joining the board in 2014 as the Business Systems Consultant.
Peter Smith
Peter is a partner in the law firm of Thompson Hine, where he heads the firm's Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice group, and provides mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, employment and intellectual property advice to companies engaged in the development and commercialization of proprietary technology and content, and the provision of services, within these and other industry sectors. Peter also possesses extensive experience in traditional media and entertainment and law matters. Peter was a partner in the law firm of Hogan Lovells, and a resident of Manhattan, before relocating to Athens along with his wife, textile designer Susan Hable Smith, and their two children.
MARGARET SPALDING Marjorie Spalding
Margie Spalding has lived in Athens since 1969 and has served on numerous community boards, including Community Connection, Athens Downtown Development Authority, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, The Georgia Museum of Art, Historic Cobbham Foundation and Sandy Creek Nature Center. She joined the board of AFAI because she feels it has made a huge contribution to the cultural life of Athens and the surrounding area, not only because of the quality and diversity of the films offered, but also because of the myriad community programs and uses of The Lab.
   
  Mark Weathersby (photo and bio coming soon)