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Ashland Independent Film Festival names new executive director

 Posted: 3:15 PM May 14, 2014

The Ashland Independent Film Festival has picked an executive from a Northern California music festival as its next leader.

David Margulies, an Ashland resident and chief financial officer of Berkeley, Calif.-based High Sierra Music Inc., will succeed Anne Ashbey as the festival's new executive director.

Margulies, a 55-year-old New Jersey native, is the CFO, co-owner and co-producer of High Sierra Music. He managed more than 100 staff and 500 volunteers and an event budget exceeding $1 million, a film festival news release announcing his hiring said. He will continue to work with the four-day annual music festival.

Margulies, who earned a degree in business management from Tulane University in New Orleans, previously worked for more than five years as regional director of A&R at Sony Music Entertainment and for seven years as managing editor for College Media Journal of New York.

He moved to Ashland in 2005 with his family and has served on AIFF's advisory board since July 2012.

Pam Notch, president of the AIFF board, praised his festival experience and success at fundraising and developing partnerships with sponsors and donors.

Ashbey resigned after two years in the festival's top position. She will continue to be a member of AIFF's board.

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