Cleveland Cinematheque names new director | Ideastream

Bilgesu Sisman Cleveland Cinematheque

Filmmaker and educator Bilgesu Sisman will take the helm at the Cleveland Cinematheque on June 17, working alongside the theater’s co-founder, John Ewing, for the final two weeks of his 40-year tenure. Sisman brings a background in film, philosophy and marketing to Northeast Ohio after previous work in Illinois, Nebraska and Maryland.












SOURCE: Ideastream | Kabir Bhatia
April 30, 2024

Bilgesu Sisman has been named the next director of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, the filmmaker and educator has worked in programming and marketing for several years, most recently at the Maryland Hall cultural center in Annapolis and Film Streams in Nebraska. Sisman also taught “Philosophy and Film” courses at DePaul University, where she is a doctoral candidate.

A release from the Cleveland Institute of Art, home of the Cinematheque, said Sisman plans to “create educational and interactive opportunities to engage with film through innovative and diverse repertory arthouse programming—which she believes will help make cinema accessible to all audiences.”