The FilmDayton Board of Trustees voted in August to hire Shelly Hulce as their new Executive Director.
Ms. Hulce is studying in the Human Services Administration program at Antioch University Midwest with a background in communications, IT, allied health and municipal government administration. An active member of the Dayton music community, she is a directing board member of Southwestern Ohio Public Radio, hosts a weekly radio show on WSWO and is a contributing writer for Dayton Most Metro .com. As a radio producer, Hulce began her training at WYSO. Before her involvement in local radio, she was an independent video producer and was involved in Cincinnati 48HourFilm contest and the Ohio Film + Music Fest. Known to locals as “Gladgirl,” she created community building arts events such as Poster-Tastic, StorySlamm Dayton, promoted and represented many local rock artists and has written, produced and directed two successful local rock operas. With a heart for non-profits, she served as a directing member of the former Dayton Dirt Collective arts and music venue and was a long time employee of Hospice of Dayton. Hulce was most recently employed by the City of Dayton as Legislative Aide to Mayor Gary D. Leitzell.
“FilmDayton is growing as an organization and we couldn’t be more excited to bring Shelly on board as Executive Director. Shelly is firmly connected to Dayton’s rich artistic community and has been a vital member of the creative class. We look forward to working with Shelly on many exciting future projects and programming.” said Dr. Nicole Richter, president of the FilmDayton Board of Trustees.
Hulce says,“There could not be a more exciting time to join this team! Since the beginning of FilmDayton, major events have happened within the regional film community and we continue to be represented by stellar professionals who call the Dayton area their home. Just in the last decade we have celebrated the many accomplishments of passionate artists ranging from students to professional feature film artists. Notable festival wins, professional industry awards, significant distribution deals and major motion picture and television productions have landed in this region. There is no shortage of things to be excited about! FilmDayton and the regional film community have a lot of goals to meet and we will get there together! I am honored to serve the artists of the hometown I love so much.”
Under the leadership of the new Executive Director, FilmDayton will continue its established programming and support services of the local film community, while heightening the focus on economic development. As reported previously, FilmDayton was born out of the DaytonCREATE initiative nearly eight years ago, with intent of forming a regional film commission office.
Hulce will continue aggressive efforts to lead the organization to meet that goal.
A Dayton native, she continues to reside in the city with her husband and daughter.