Meet the Executive Director

James Hawthorne

"I believe film has the power to shape our culture and transform lives. I look forward to leveraging this important medium to educate, inspire change, and entertain our community."

Executive Director James Hawthorne is a former Assistant Police Chief with the Arlington Police Department retiring after 28 years of service. He has a long history civic and community involvement in the Arlington community including his current service as an executive board member for the YMCA, Martin Luther King Jr. Four Day Celebration Committee and adjunct professor for the University of Texas at Arlington. Hawthorne is also a member of the Arlington Cultural Arts Committee.

He worked as Chairman of the Joint Information Center during Super Bowl XLV as well as coordinating communication strategies for public safety during the World Series and NBA All-Star games held in Arlington.

Hawthorne has long been a supporter of arts. He describes himself as a music enthusiast, movie buff and lover of dance and theatre. He is particularly intrigued with film and its influence on a generation of audiences. For more insight into Hawthorne and his background, please read this article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

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