John & Nancy Hughes Theater integral part of Gorton Community Center

Gorton Community Center is pleased to announce Rebecca Fons has joined its staff as Director of Film. In this role, Fons will oversee the film program screened in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater, and online as part of Virtually Gorton. Fons will also oversee Gorton’s film festivals and film events.

“Gorton has one of the only state of the art theaters in the area and it is a true draw for film lovers of all ages,” said Amy Wagliardo, executive director of GortonCommunity Center. “Rebecca brings over a decade of film experience to this role and will continue to grow our film program in the years to come.”

The John & Nancy Hughes Theater at Gorton Community Center hosts professional sound, light, video, and state of the art digital cinema technology. The theater is the frequent backdrop for lectures, presentations, films, and performances.

“I am a film programmer and curator with extensive experience working with film festivals and the art house community,” said Rebecca Fons. “I find great joy in connecting films and filmmakers with audiences, and have a wide network of exhibitors, artists and industry colleagues. I strive to embrace cinema that is equitable, inclusive and accessible, and I look forward to joining the team at Gorton!”

Fons has worked at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Iowa Theater, and most recently, FilmScene in Iowa City. In these roles, she curated all film programming, collaborated with community partners, created educational screenings, moderated film panels, and organized special events. She also co-founded Destroy Your Art, a yearly film and performance art event in Chicago, where select filmmakers are invited to make original short films that are screened once and then destroyed.