Friday, April 15, 2016

Local Filmmakers React to San Antonio Film Commissioner's Resignation

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge Galia Farber was hired as the San Antonio Film Commissioner last November. - CITY OF SAN ANTONIO
  • City of San Antonio
  • Galia Farber was hired as the San Antonio Film Commissioner last November.


After five months as the San Antonio film commissioner, 
Galia Farber is moving on.

The Department for Culture and Creative Development confirmed Farber’s resignation with the Current today. She will move to California to "help launch a digital gaming network," according to a statement released this afternoon.

Before becoming film commissioner, Farber was the production and operations manager for KLRU-TV in Austin and the broadcast and production manager at ITVS in San Francisco.

"I have accepted an exciting opportunity outside of Texas that I simply could not pass up," Farber said in her statement. "I have enjoyed my time in San Antonio and serving as Film Commissioner."

During her time in the Alamo City, Farber said she "made it a priority to foster relationships with the San Antonio production community" and focus on "workforce development opportunities, while also marketing San Antonio as a film-friendly destination with a wealth of great people, locations, and history."

"I'm confident that I've left the film office in the position for continued positive growth, with the new leadership in the department focusing on the creation of a strategic plan and moving the production community forward," she continued. "This has been an educational and enriching experience that I'll take with me as I continue my production career."

With the local film community in flux and currently working with city officials to create better incentives to lure filmmakers into bringing more productions to San Antonio, news about Farber’s short-lived tenure brought mixed feelings.

“I wish the best of luck to her and her next venture, but San Antonio will continue making movies regardless of who's in the position,” local filmmaker Bryan Ortiz (Doctor S) told the Current. “There is now an opening for someone new with new ideas to step in.”

Others like local filmmaker Mark Cantu (Now Hiring) didn’t think Farber was in the position for the long haul from the start.

“It seemed like she might have just been treading water until something better came along,” Cantu said. “Our community deserves a better effort from any film commissioner. The city leaders’ vetting process needs to be more thorough so that we aren't just viewed as a blip on someone's career map.”

Local filmmaker Buddy Calvo (Stage V) hopes the city includes the local film community when hiring the next commissioner.

"It's unfortunate that we lost our film commissioner so soon," he said. "Perhaps [the Department for Culture and Creative Development] can do a better job at hiring someone who is vested in our city's film community. Maybe they can talk to the people that this position will serve."

On social media, comments were just as varied.

“[Farber’s resignation] shows how broke San Antonio’s DCCD really is,” wrote local filmmaker Bryan Ramirez (Sanitarium). “She was actively trying to help us and make positive change, but she was offered a better job. You can't blame her."

From local producer Ralph Lopez (Wolf): “Didn't get a chance to meet her in person, but this isn't going to stop or change things. We will continue to do what we do.”


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