Ragtag Film Society is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are actively dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the communities we serve, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities. RFS will provide accommodations in all aspects of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Ragtag Film Society is dedicated to equal opportunity employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran or disabled status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.
ABOUT THE FEST
True/False exists in a permeable, in-between land – bounded by fiction and nonfiction, but also bridging cultures and disciplines. Within that space, we encourage an atmosphere of innovation and excitement, free of the heat and stress of the market. Here’s where a revolutionary new alloy can be forged, the future of an urgent art. Far from the mountains, oceans, media machines or other perks that usually mark a festival destination, Columbia is a friendly college town of over 100,000 people. The festival was started locally, and it is now a grassroots phenomenon, and “filmmaker utopia”, selling 50,000 tickets and supported by 1,000 volunteers. More than anything, we take pride in creating a joyful, festival atmosphere that simultaneously takes the movies very seriously.
True/False is a project of the Ragtag Film Society, a nonprofit organization with a 20-year history of showcasing transformative cinema and art in Columbia, Missouri through its two projects–True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema. Ragtag Film Society was recently named the 2018 Arts Organization of the Year by the Missouri Arts Council and the 2018 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
We seek out the most creative, energetic people and give them the tools to transform the downtown core of Columbia, both indoors and out. When the festival remakes ordinary spaces into magical, temporary spots, it inspires attendees and townies. T/F showcases downtown Columbia and its potential. In addition to the opportunity to be an influential part of one of the most exciting cultural events in the Midwest, festival positions offer a high degree of autonomy and flexibility in scheduling. You’ll be working with some of the most talented, creative individuals in mid-Missouri, the RFS Core; a crack squad of folks who work year-round to pull off one of the most vibrant cultural events in the Midwest, and to run a homegrown venue showcasing the best in U.S. independent and international filmmaking. We offer a laid-back but professional culture, where all ideas are welcome, and creativity and entrepreneurship are valued and rewarded.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - RAGTAG FILM SOCIETY
The mission of the Ragtag Film Society is to captivate and engage communities in immersive arts experiences that explore assumptions and elicit shared joy, wonder, and introspection. Our flagship event is the True/False Film Fest that annually transforms Columbia, Missouri, into a nonfiction wonderland, while forging a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplifying the possibilities of what a festival can be; Ragtag Cinema, our year-round arthouse cinema, provides our regional community with vibrant, essential programming and, along with our building-mates (Uprise Bakery and Hitt Records), serves as a vital cultural hub in this midwest college town.
Overview: We are in search of an Artistic Director who can embrace the mission of both an international film festival and a local theater—a project manager with a firm sense of vision and aesthetic to direct our curatorial teams and projects. The Artistic Director is a leader in the organization and is responsible for directing the team of programmers, providing guidance and mentorship to all RFS curators, representing curatorial priorities and possibilities at the director level, working with our cinema programmer to develop cross-project opportunities, and supporting other team members as their efforts intersect with the Fest’s artistic vision. This is an opportunity for the right candidate to help shape the next phase of organizational growth and sustainability, champion cinematic experiences in the midst of a shifting distribution landscape, and challenge what it means to be a gatekeeper.
The ideal candidate possesses the following qualities and experience:
- At least 5 years of film curation experience, with an understanding of distribution and exhibition;
- Ability to innovate, think creatively and take creative risks;
- Confidence in aesthetic decision-making;
- Excellent writing skills and timely communication;
- Self-driven with a high attention to detail and persistent follow-through;
- Emotional intelligence and the ability to work with a variety of team members;
- Leadership skills and the ability to build and maintain a positive team dynamic;
- Ability to set and meet strategic priorities at a variety of budgetary tiers with a consideration to creative and human sustainability;
- Ambitions to make a mark at—and with—an established festival;
- A track record of engagement with the international community of nonfiction filmmakers, along with a deep desire to provide meaningful support for filmmakers;
- Understanding of the festival brand.
- As a member of the RFS leadership team, which comprises three Co-Executive Directors and six other department directors, serve as a key player in the organization’s strategic growth and sustainability efforts;
- In collaboration with leadership, drive programmatic visioning and macro-level ideation;
- Facilitating opportunities between departments and projects within the organization; close collaboration with the communications and marketing, community partnerships, education, development, and sponsorship teams;
- Guide the next phase of organization-led industry and artist development programs;
- Develop and maintain key industry relationships; nurture the bonds between T/F and the larger doc community;
- Represent the organization at festivals and other industry events, whether in person or virtually;
- Oversight of and active participation in festival programming and curation, including film, art, music, and cross-media curation;
- Viewing everything in serious consideration for the festival slate, as guided by other programmers.
Commitment & Compensation: This is a full time, year-round position with an annual salary in the range of $45-55k, plus benefits, with the opportunity for future growth. We offer a results-oriented work environment; our collaborative culture, combined with a paid time off program with flexible holiday time, supports innovation and time spent on other passion projects. The RFS Artistic Director should reside in, or be willing to relocate to, Columbia, MO year-round. We anticipate that the selected candidate will begin on a part-time basis (remote if needed) starting in early summer 2021, shifting to full-time on-the-ground by early September. For the right candidate, we are willing to be flexible regarding the timing of full-time relocation. We are able to offer a small stipend for moving expenses, as well as general assistance with relocation (from helping to secure temporary housing, to guiding the housing search).
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Artistic Director, a resume with at least 3 references, and at least three writing samples that are relevant to the role; writing samples may include: a 125-word film blurb, a letter of invitation (or rejection) to a film, a minimum 500-word piece that spotlights your critical perspective on nonfiction film, or introductory language for a screening series. Send materials to Arin Liberman at: [email protected]. Applications will be accepted through April 23.