The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive announced today that Kathryn MacKay will be an associate curator in its film department. She begins her new position at the Californian museum on Friday.
In Toronto MacKay has held various positions at festivals like the Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and the 8Fest, and at institutions like TIFF Cinematheque and the Ryerson Image Centre. Since 2009 MacKay has been the chair of the board of director at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, which supports local productions and filmmakers. At one point she was also a projectionist at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
“I am honored to be joining the staff of BAMPFA,” MacKay said in a statement. “I have a great respect the institution’s commitment to preservation, archiving, and education and admire its long-established dedication to the presentation of art and cinema that inspires reflection, encourages critical dialogue, and educates as it entertains. As cinema continues to evolve and moving images proliferate on the screens that surround us, institutions like BAMPFA become increasingly important, offering insight and perspective on the visual culture we inhabit. I look forward to exploring all that cinema can be with audiences from UC Berkeley, the Bay Area, and beyond.”