Patrick Kwiatkowski, Executive Director
Patrick was recently name one of Houston’s “Most Fascinating Persons of 2015” by the Houston Chronicle for his work developing a joint partnership between the Houston Cinema Arts Society and NASA – the creation of a short film competition called “Cinespace”.
He has over 25 years of international sales, marketing, distribution, and business development expertise with private and Fortune 500 corporations, including many years as a marketing and product manager with the international Chemical Division of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in France. He received a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School and a chemical engineering degree from Michigan State University. He co-founded Microcinema International, a leading distributor of art and cultural films and moving image art.
Active in commercial and independent radio for 10 years prior to forming Microcinema, he created, produced, and hosted Ketchup and Marmalade, a 2-hour alternative music weekly in French, on radio OUI FM 102,3 Paris, France as well as radio shows on WHPK in Chicago and KUSF San Francisco.
Active on non-profit boards, Kwiatkowski is a founding board member the Houston Cinema Arts Society, and an emeritus executive board member of Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP). A board member of the Neartown Little League in Houston, he received the Volunteer of the Year award in 2011 and 2013 for managing fields and grounds.
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Richard Herskowitz, Artistic Director
The Houston Cinema Arts Society artistic director and Festival curator is a nationally renowned film programmer who brings expertise and a strong vision to the organization. Before joining HCAS, Richard Herskowitz served as director of the Virginia Film Festival from 1994 through 2008. Among the hundreds of featured artists he recruited during his tenure were Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, John Sayles, Morgan Freeman, Lynn Hershman, Sydney Pollack, Pierre Huyghe, George Kuchar, William Styron, and Guillermo Arriaga.
Previously, Herskowitz directed the Cornell Cinema program, one of the country’s best-known media art centers, for twelve years. He also served as adjunct curator for film and video at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, where he organized art exhibitions by Derek Jarman, Joan Jonas, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, among other artists. Herskowitz has been trustee and president of the legendary Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and was chair of its 50th Anniversary Committee. He received a Master of Arts in film studies from the University of Wisconsin in 1978 and has taught, written and lectured extensively on contemporary independent film.
Aileen Roberts, Operations Manager
With a passion for production and operations, Aileen Roberts brings over 10 years of non-profit experience to Houston Cinema Arts Society. She and her husband moved their dog and small son to Houston after living in Washington DC in 2016, where she worked for Strathmore as the General Manager of AMP. An undergraduate degree in film from TCU and an MBA from SMU have afforded her the opportunity to work with great organizations like Houston Chamber Choir, Dallas Summer Musicals, and North Texas Food Bank.
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Michael Robinson, Marketing & Communications Manager
A recent graduate of Rice University in the Film and Anthropology departments, Michael gained experience and familiarity with the Houston film landscape and Houston Cinema Arts Society by working at Rice Cinema as a projectionist, working screenings for the past three Houston Cinema Arts Festivals. After graduation, Michael became involved in QFest, originally in the role of Social Media Coordinator and now as the Assistant Artistic Director. Concurrently, Michael worked at Society for the Performing Arts as the Education Coordinator before transitioning to the Marketing and Communications Manager at HCAS. Michael continues his own art through filmmaking, specifically in documentary and experimental film, examining the relationships between memory, infrastructure, and affect.
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Mary Lampe, Strategy & Development
During her six-month term as Interim Executive Director during the search for a new executive director, Lampe managed the successful 2016 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. She was the chair of the HCAS founding committee and a continuing board member. Prior to her active service at HCAS, she began a small business as a certified fine arts appraiser and independent consultant for film and cultural arts.
For 16 years, she served as the Executive Director of Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a 40-year-old nonprofit media arts organization based in Houston. At SWAMP, she was also the Executive Producer for The Territory, a short film showcase series broadcast on Texas PBS stations.
Mary Lampe has produced and directed several award-winning, short documentaries about art and artists for museums, including the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth and the Dallas Museum of Art. She has programmed film series of all genres for museums and other venues. In addition, she taught film history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and to high school students. During her tenure at SWAMP, she helped filmmakers raise some $2 million for their film projects. Mary Lampe has served on visual and media arts grant panels for funders including the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Houston Arts Alliance, Latino Public Broadcasting Corporation (Los Angeles), Independent Television Service (San Francisco), Anthony Radziwill Documentary Film Grant (New York), and grant panels for The City of Austin.
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