Springs Resident With Long Film Career Named Director of Sag Harbor Cinema

Gillian Gordon Courtesy of the Sag Harbor Cinema

A Springs resident has been tapped as the first executive director of the Sag Harbor Cinema, to lead the ongoing effort to bring the cinema to life.

Gillian Gordon is an award-winning producer and educator who has been working as an executive and producer for the past 28 years in the United States, England, and Asia. She is a former chief operating officer of Harmony Pictures in Los Angeles.

She has been involved in fund-raising, as a trustee and co-chairwoman of FilmAid UK, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that educates viewers through film, and as the executive director of Youth Culture TV, a charity. She has also been involved with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, for which she worked as a film festival judge, mentoring young filmmakers.

The Sag Harbor Cinema’s search committee and board, working with Jobplex, an executive recruiting company, unanimously approved Ms. Gordon’s appointment.

On the education side, Ms. Gordon has been a senior lecturer and director of graduate studies in media arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, since 2006. She was an associate arts professor at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts Asia, from 2009 to 2012.

“Gillian’s qualifications were stunning, but what especially impressed those of us on the search committee was the way she quickly began inspiring us with her new, fresh ideas both for fund-raising and for the cinema itself,” April Gornik, the head of the cinema’s board, said Tuesday in announcing the move. “Her profound knowledge of and active participation in film and filmmaking, and her devotion to education and insistence on participation for every age group and cultural background in the cinema, were determining factors in her hiring. We were entirely won over by her dynamism!” 

Ms. Gordon’s father, Ernest Gordon, was once the minister of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church and Dean of the Chapel at Princeton University in New Jersey, where she grew up.