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Smith stepping down as CEO of Columbia Film Society

Staff Report //January 16, 2018//

Smith stepping down as CEO of Columbia Film Society

Staff Report //January 16, 2018//

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Andy Smith is resigning as CEO of the Columbia Film Society, which oversees The Nickelodeon theater and Indie Grits Labs.

Smith joined The Nickelodeon in 2007 and led the development of the Indie Grits Film Festival. He became executive director of the theater in 2011 and oversaw its relocation to 1607 Main St.

Under Smith’s leadership, The Nickelodeon has launched the Helen Hill Media Education Center and other innovative artist and filmmaker projects under the banner of Indie Grits Labs. The theater receives funds from programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation and is recognized as a leading player in the national media arts and local arts communities.

“Andy has developed and grown an incredibly talented and dedicated staff over the years,” John Boyd, president of the board of directors of the Columbia Film Society, said in a news release. “He’s done more to make The Nick what it is today than anyone, and as a result, the support for and awareness of The Nickelodeon and Indie Grits Labs is at an all-time high. He’s irreplaceable, but we have a great staff and we will continue to fire on all cylinders.”

Smith plans to leave the organization within four to six months.   

“When I began at The Nick 11 years ago, I couldn’t have imagined how this organization would grow,” Smith said. “The board and staff of The Nick and Indie Grits have my full confidence, and I’m certain the future of the organization will be bright.”

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