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Kudos & kindness

I once had the honor of an 8 year-old ski student, Jonny Mosely, who went on to win the Olympic Gold Medal in freestyle skiing. At that time, I said it takes a community to build a champion. Today, after directing the Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival here at South Shore, I can say it takes an individual commitment to move in collaboration with others to create a community.

And, it was this community of individual collaborators that made the festival a huge success.

On behalf of the Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival, I wish to personally thank the following organizations, people and businesses that contributed their time and resources to help create a new and exciting event for our community: Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Tahoe Daily Tribune – particularly Rick Chandler of Lake Tahoe Action, whose passion for film and prior contacts with some of the film makers made his stories personal and connected us in a more intimate way with our own home grown filmmakers.

Thank you to our community’s media friends; K-MTN TV, Resort Sports Network, Entertainer, KOWL, KRLT, and Sierra Network for their coverage of the event.

To my dear friends and professional colleagues, who took time out of their busy professional schedules to lend their support by introducing each screening segment, thank you Curtis Fong, Howie Nave, Rev. Ruth Wallace, Rev. April White Cloud, and John Friedrick. Many thanks to all the volunteers who administered the festival with grace and welcomed our community with hospitality. Their professionalism freed me to be intimately connected with the audience as I spoke about films and a more promising future for our community. Much appreciation go to: Steve Goldman, Bob Abiko, Charles Nelson, Shannon Nolan, Sandra Quinn, Bill Quinn, Scott Brown, Colleen Kelly, Helen Stansell, Nancy Nance, Tom Wendell, Eddie Bindert, Bonnie Turnbull, Karen Fink, and Rita Redd – our volunteers.

And, to all the businesses in town that supported the festival by allowing us to display posters and film schedules – thank you so much. We are grateful. In closing, I want to say that the people and organizations mentioned above, including the hundreds of movie goers attending the festival, all entrusted in us their time, belief and confidence that we would deliver on our promise to deliver entertaining and relevant films that would inspire, model and perhaps evoke a different way of seeing the world. We humbly accept your trust as one of the ultimate compliments we could receive from our community.

Together, we have begun a new narrative that can move us toward a more collaborative and sustainable community. Thank you all for your part.

Ty Polastri, president

Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition/Entersport Marketing

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