Alexandyr Kent, who has served as Robinson Film Center’s executive director since late 2010, has announced he is moving with his family to Madison, Wisconsin.
His wife, Kate Archer Kent, news producer at Red River Radio, has accepted a new position at Wisconsin Public Radio. Madison represents an opportunity for the Kents to advance their careers and move closer to family members living in the Midwest.
“I’m proud of my wife, and we’re a great team,” Alexandyr Kent said. “We have lived in Louisiana for 14 years and are sad to leave this warm community. Madison is a wonderful opportunity for us and our kids, and we look forward to it. At the same time, it’s very hard to leave the staff, board, moviegoers and members at Robinson Film Center. They are the bedrock of this institution, and I will be forever grateful to them. RFC is a unique, vibrant center for culture in Shreveport. I can’t wait to watch it grow as a longtime fan.”
During Kent’s tenure, RFC expanded its education programs to include a Teen Film Council and added popular series such as the Family Matinee and Faith on Film. He also worked with the board on fundraising projects to expand the membership program, add digital projection, replace weathering seats, and recently, crowdfund a new marquee. He began working at RFC in 2009.
“Movies mean a great deal to me because they play a vital role in people coming together to explore new ideas, emotions and experiences,” Kent said. “I’m proud that this community is so passionate about this place. This is an entertainment and culture destination that people celebrate day in and day out. It feels good to watch people enjoy it.”
Ro White, president of RFC’s board of directors, says Kent will be missed.
“Alex has been the heart and soul of RFC, and we will miss him dearly,” White said. “I’m kind of at a loss for words, but I am also happy for him and his family. He has all of my support. This is a great opportunity for them.”
The board of directors is currently meeting to discuss its interim management plans.
“RFC won’t be the same,” White said, “but I’m confident that we are in a good position to move forward into a new chapter.”