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Boston Film Festival | 2005-2007
John served as the creative director of the Boston Film Festival from 2005 to 2007.
The festival has a strong history of premiering illustrious films, including The Last Kiss, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Deliver Us From Evil, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, American Beauty, and The Piano. It has honored filmmakers and talent like George Clooney, Val Kilmer, Annette Benning, Ridley Scott, and Kevin Spacey.
John oversaw and coordinated the Film Selection Committee, Director’s Symposiums, and the Opening and Closing Night events. Under John’s leadership, this prestigious festival presented a program of enlightening and entertaining films, including Q&A’s with actors and directors, round-table discussions with industry executives, and parties following every film, which presented opportunities to celebrate with the filmmakers, talent, advertisers, sponsors, and the press. Among the highlights of the festival under John’s direction was the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to producer Jerry Weintraub, an event that featured George Clooney and 400 other attendees, making it the hottest ticket in Boston that year.
John’s leadership of the Boston Film Festival is one of his proudest accomplishments.