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Four Miami gay film fest board members resign

Shortly after a staffing upheaval at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, four prominent community board members have quit. The festival says their resignations have nothing to do with the recent staff changes.

Here's the news release:

FROM YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In an effort to keep the community informed and in keeping with our promise of full disclosure, we regretfully accept the resignation of Francesca Roderick, Mark Gilbert, Steve Adkins, and Peter Grigsby from our Board of Directors.  Each board member's resignation is for personal reasons. None of the resignations are due to differences in opinion on recent staffing decisions or the new direction of the MGLFF/FLGLFF.

Francesca, Mark, Steve, and Peter indicated that they will remain involved and supportive of the Film Festival, however other personal obligations do not afford them the time commitment to remain on the Board of Directors.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Francesca, Mark, Steve, and Peter for their many years of hard work, dedication, and support.  We will miss their participation on the Board of Directors, but we look forward to their continued involvement towards our ultimate goals of a 11th Annual Film Festival and a fiscally sound organization.  Your remaining Board of Directors and Staff remain fully committed to a 2009 ten day Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and a four day Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

As we continue our search to fill our Executive Director position, the Board of Directors will work closely to assist our staff members Kareem Tabsch and Brittany Clay.  We have also contracted the services of Mary E. Prados, C.P.A., P.A. and Pegasus Consulting Group, Inc. to assist the Festival with monthly accounting, locating, submitting, and final reporting associated with awarded government and foundation grants.

We have reduced our Corporate Income target and increased our Foundation and Government Grants target.  We feel this is prudent and achievable, as we have already been awarded several grants for our 2009 Film Festivals, which include Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs-Festival Grant, Miami Beach-VCA Grant, and the John C. Graves Charitable Fund.

We hope to see you at the movies in Miami on October 14 and/or in Fort Lauderdale on October 16, 2008.  We also look forward to announcing the screening of two wonderful women's film shortly.

For more information please do not hesitate to reach Franc Castro at fcastro@mglf.com or Kareem Tabsch at Kareem@mglff.com

Sincerely,
Franc Castro, Chair
Board of Directors
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival / Ft. Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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