IDA Appoints Richard Ray Perez as Next Executive Director

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New IDA Director Richard Ray Perez, photo by IDA.

Reprinted from IndyWire by on May 13, 2021.

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced Wednesday that Richard Ray Perez has been named the organization’s next executive director. Perez, a nonfiction film strategist and documentary filmmaker, succeeds Simon Kilmurry, who is stepping down after seven years.

Perez, a native of Los Angeles, most recently worked as director of acquisitions and distribution strategies at GBH’s WORLD Channel. He previously developed, designed, and led filmmaking programs at the Sundance Institute as director of creative partnerships.

Perez is starting immediately at the IDA. His appointment comes after Kilmurry announced in the fall that he would step down from the post he’s held since 2015. …

IndyWire 5/13

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