Art House Convergence 2021 Will Be Virtual and Managing Director Alison Kozberg Has Been Laid Off

Art House Convergence 2021 Will Be Virtual and Managing Director Alison Kozberg Has Been Laid Off
Art House Convergence, the annual pre-Sundance conference in Utah for independent specialized theater owners and buyers, has been canceled for 2021 in its real-world format and its board has recommended that “Convergence gatherings in the foreseeable future be virtual.” Managing director Alison Kozberg, who was hired by the group in August 2018, has also been laid off.

Russ Collins, founding director of the Ahc and its parent organization, the Michigan Theater Foundation, made the announcement late Friday afternoon on the Ahc’s Google group.

Ahc also hosts an annual summer seminar in addition to its January flagship event, which serves as something of an indie-world Cinemacon. In his post, Collins said the Michigan Theater Foundation also plans to spin off Ahc as an independent professional organization.

“Obviously, the Covid pandemic is wreaking havoc across the economy, especially in the arts and entertainment sector. It is most unfortunate that program cancellations and layoffs
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