The following was submitted by the Boston Jewish Film Festival
NEWTON, MA – March 5, 2013 - The Boston Jewish Film Festival board of directors elected Denise Widman as its new president.
"I am honored to be associated with one of the world's premier Jewish Film Festivals and one of New England's largest cultural events," says Widman. "I look forward to watching as the festival continues to engage and excite our community while celebrating the vibrancy of the Jewish experience.
Widman, a Wellesley resident, has been involved with the Boston Jewish Film Festival for more than 10 years, most recently as the Festival’s vice president. As president, she oversees the Board of Directors.
"The festival is a perfect fit for me as it combines my passion for film with my love of Jewish life," says Widman.
An award-winning screenwriter, Widman also served on the Board of Women in Film/Video New England, is a past member of the Mass Media Alliance and is a current member of the Massachusetts Production Coalition. Widman previously headed the Screenwriting Competition for Women in Film Video/New England and has been a judge for this competition.
Widman takes over the position from Joyce Pastor, who remains on the Board of Directors.
Widman began her career in the Management Development Program at AT&T Information Systems, where she held several strategic planning, marketing and sales positions. She then worked in marketing and marketing communications for media and entertainment companies, including The New York Times Co., Bravo, Kurzweil Computers and Houghton Mifflin.
Widman, a native of Deal, N.J., is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Syracuse University and earned a masters degree in management from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
About The Boston Jewish Film Festival
The Boston Jewish Film Festival presents the best contemporary Jewish-themed films from around the world at its annual November Festival and throughout the year. Through features, shorts, documentaries and conversations with visiting artists, The Festival explores Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience and the richness of Jewish culture in relation to a diverse modern world. The Boston Jewish Film Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit arts organization.