CINDI ROWELL has worked in film distribution since 1999, first at Milestone Film & Video as Director of Acquisitions (where she was integral to the release of such films as The Clay Bird and The Big Animal), then at New Yorker Films as DVD Producer. She has overseen and offered creative input into the home video releases of work by such directors as Jia Zhang-ke (Platform, Still Life), Hong Sang-soo (Woman on the Beach, Woman Is the Future of Man), Ousmane Sembene (Moolaadé), Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet (Moses und Aron, The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Distant), Marie Losier (The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye), Abderrahmane Sissako (Waiting for Happiness, Bamako), and many others.
Her career began in the Film Department at the Museum of Modern Art, the perfect hothouse to cement a lifelong interest in world cinema and the exhibition and preservation of moving image heritages. During her later coursework at George Eastman House in film preservation, she commenced a decade of copyediting The Griffith Project, a multi-volume book series on the films of D. W. Griffith, published by the British Film Institute in conjunction with the Pordenone Silent Film Festival’s complete retrospective of the director’s extant works.
Film festivals are familiar territory. She has held jobs in programming assistance at the Philadelphia Film Festival and in publications at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, as well as writing catalog copy, participating on prescreening committees and juries, and volunteering for the San Francisco, Hamptons, Human Rights Watch, Margaret Mead, and New York Asian American International Film Festivals, and more. From 2009 to 2013, she worked in different capacities for the Flaherty Film Seminar.