Stephen Apkon founded the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville 12 years ago.
Now, he's stepping down as the non-profit organization's executive director as he moves on to head up a new media production company.
"My involvement in the film center has been one of the great gifts of my life," Apkon said in a statement. "I am extremely proud of the strong organization we’ve built and of the vibrant community the JBFC has fostered. With its extraordinary team of staff and board leadership, I am confident the Burns will continue to grow and thrive in the years ahead."
In addition to its Manville Road theater, Jacob Burns Film Center has developed a Media Arts Lab down the street.
"Thanks to Steve’s leadership, the Burns has grown into a powerful cultural and educational institution with an international reputation," said David Swope, board chair, in the statement. "The success of the JBFC and the creation of the Media Arts Lab have attracted numerous film and media production possibilities which fall outside the capacity of the organization. We look forward to Steve’s new production venture developing innovative media projects and ultimately bringing them to our theaters and classrooms."
According to Jacob Burns Film Center, Apkon's new company will not be affiliated with the Pleasantville organization, but plans to "collaborate on projects of interest to both."
First up for Apkon, the statement said, is "Pondemonium, a film by Andy Young and Susan Todd that explores the natural world in the Hudson Valley."
Jacob Burns Film Center has hired firm Philips Oppenheim to assist in the search for a new executive director. Until that time, Apkon will retain the role and serve on JBFC's board of directors.