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After 23 Years as SIFF Artistic Director, Carl Spence Steps Down

by Rich Smith He saved the Egyptian. What did you ever do? Kelly O Carl Spence began his career at Seattle International Film Festival as a seasonal contract worker in 1994. At that point, the organization was an annual affair housed in the Egyptian Theatre. During his tenure as SIFF’s artistic director, he helped the festival grow into a year-round operation, oversaw the purchase of SIFF Film Center, saved the Egyptian Theatre and the Uptown Theatre, and showed over 10,000 films.
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