We are thrilled and delighted to welcome our new CFI Education Director, Joanne Parsont.
Joanne has been a part of our CFI family since 1996, when she coordinated the MVFF Children’s Film Festival. “It was there,” says Joanne, “that I first recognized and learned to harness the power of film to enlighten, engage and empower young people; to foster global understanding, to inspire social change and to cultivate new generations of filmgoers and filmmakers. I have been following that same vision ever since, building film education programs at arts organizations across the Bay Area.”
As the first-ever Director of Education at the San Francisco Film Society (now SFFILM), Joanne built a program that was recognized by Manohla Dargis of the New York Times as a national example, reaching 10,000 students annually. Joanne is especially passionate about media literacy, a field that is growing and changing by leaps and bounds each year. She is a board member of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and advisory board member for LUNAFEST—the showcase for films by, for and about women.
“In some ways I feel that I am coming full circle but it’s so much more than that. CFI has such a strong legacy — an incredible team of professionals, a world-class exhibition facility and so many fantastic programs. With all of this in place, I am excited to build a great next phase for CFI Education.”Providing Bay Area students of all ages with opportunities to learn about themselves and the world through the art of film.”
CFI Education programs such as My Place|My Story, Summerfilm and the Environmental Youth Forum provide Bay Area students of all ages with opportunities to learn about themselves and the world through the art of film.