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Noah Cowan

San Francisco Film Society
Executive Director
Noah Cowan has been Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) since March 2014. He joined SFFS after five years at the helm of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the landmark cinema museum space in Toronto where he served as the facility’s founding Artistic Director. There he was responsible for the creative and artistic vision for the multi-purpose film venue and home of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Cowan began at TIFF as a programmer for the Midnight Madness program in 1989, and subsequently curated major national cinema retrospectives on India and Japan for the organization, becoming a recognized new voice in contemporary international film programming by the mid-1990s. From 2004–08 Cowan was Codirector of the Toronto International Film Festival, alongside TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling. From 1997–2004 Cowan worked in New York City, where he cofounded the pioneering film distributor Cowboy Pictures and the Global Film Initiative, a nonprofit organization devoted to worldwide understanding through film.