Film festival switches directors

Don Adams, director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, has resigned and will be replaced on an interim basis by Peter Stein.

Susie Coliver, the film festival’s board president, said that running the SFJFF had required a much larger workload than had been represented to Adams, which led to the first-year director’s stepping down last week.

“None of us realized how huge a job it was …This was not the perfect place for him or us relative to that,” she said.

“Working through the past year with Don, and getting through what I think was really a fine festival under his leadership, he and we came to this realization.”

When asked about the situation, Adams told j., “Truly, I’m not at liberty to talk about it right now,” but did confirm that “resigned” was the appropriate term regarding the vacating of his position.

Coliver confirmed that the SFJFF’s attendance was down 15 percent from last year’s, but noted that this was a trend among Bay Area film festivals. She also denied that Adams’ left-leaning politics were a factor in his leaving.

“Politically, he’s been a very good fit for the festival,” she said.

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi is the managing editor at Mission Local. He is a former editor-at-large at San Francisco magazine, former columnist at SF Weekly and a former J. staff writer.