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BendFilm adds board members

BEND, Ore. - BendFilm announced that it has added three new board members and pays recognition to its advisory committee.

New board members James Foster, Karen Koppel and Pam Wakefield join President Frank Groundwater and Secretary April Munks, along with Kim Cooper Findling, Michael Gough and Gina McClard. The organization also recognizes its advisory committee, which consists of 18 members of the community.
Orit Schwartz, Festival Director, said, "Our festival is known for having a strong volunteer culture and included among our important volunteers is our board and our advisory committee. They give their time and talent to make this festival run and we could truly not do it without them."
Karen Koppel, an event professional and architect, has worked on the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City.  She has also worked on two Olympic Games, two Olympic bids, World Cup Cricket, and a number of Super Bowls and Pro Bowls.
James (Jim) Foster is Professor of Political Science at OSU-Cascades.  Prior to joining the Founding Faculty of the Bend Campus in 2001, Foster was on the Political Science faculty at the main OSU Campus in Corvallis for seventeen years, twelve of those years as Political Science Department Chair.  
Pam Wakefield, was the owner of a local graphics firm for 20 years until retiring in 2010. She has attended 4 different universities, majoring in everything from music to computer science and her interests are vast.  In 2012 Pam served on the 2012 BendFilm selection committee.
The BendFilm advisory committee, headed up by Cristy Lanfri and Romy Mortensen, has as members:
"         Karen Anderson
"         Dottie Ashley
"         Patti Carlson
"         Colleen Dougherty
"         Amy Fratzke
"         Julie Gregory
"         Juli Hamdan
"         Sue Hollern
"         Pamela Hulse-Andrews
"         Rene Mitchell
"         Craig Moore
"         Martha Murray
"         Ben Perle
"         Bob Reininger
"         Kaari Vaughn
"         Jody Ward
About BendFilm
BendFilm is a non-profit group inspired by the opportunity to open doors for artists and to cast Bend, Oregon as the cultural and economic beneficiary. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend at the historic Tower Theatre, McMenamins, Regal Cinemas, The Oxford Hotel, the Cascades Theatrical Company and Tin Pan Theater. Plan now to attend October 10-13, 2013 for a long weekend of films, lectures and parties as filmmakers compete for cash awards in Bend's charismatic setting of mountains, rivers and screaming blue skies. Follow us on Facebook.

BendFilm Info:
Address: 2748 NW Crossing Drive, Bend, OR 97701.
For questions or more information:  call 541.388.FEST, email or visit

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