Brooke Bernard is the new development director of Belcourt Theatre, it was announced today.
Bernard will plan and implement new and creative strategies to strengthen the Belcourt’s fundraising, including major gifts, annual giving, membership support, sponsorships, corporate and foundation grants, planned giving, and potential capital campaigns.
“Brooke joins us at an important time for the Belcourt,” says Executive Director Stephanie Silverman. “We have been a nonprofit now for 15 years, and we are thriving. Now, expanding demands for our education and engagement programs throughout the community and the responsibilities of caring for our 1925 building make it more essential than ever that we cultivate support from arts lovers and film fans in our city and region.”
Bernard, a graduate of the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, is one of the founding members of Nashville-based independent film company, Nomadic Independence, where she has produced a noteworthy catalog of films, many of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, she produced Ping Pong Summer, starring Susan Sarandon, a film that was invited to festivals all over the world and had a wide theatrical release this past summer, including at the Belcourt. She recently completed production on her eighth feature film, Entertainment, with John C. Reilly which will be released in 2015.
As a producer, Brooke has been involved in presenting and pitching projects to potential investors around the world, raising more than $3 million in production funding also while managing complex film budgets and schedules. With a deep knowledge of and passion for independent filmmaking, she has a keen understanding of the important cultural and economic role of art house theaters like the Belcourt have in communities.
“In my experience, people support what they care about,” notes Bernard, “whether it’s an independent film or the nonprofit cinema that gives them the opportunity to experience that film. The Belcourt has a wonderful story and is a treasure of Nashville’s cultural landscape. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the theatre’s ongoing story as it looks to the future.”
*Photo of Brooke Bernard outside Belcourt Theatre by Cindy Wall courtesy Belcourt Theatre.