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Gorton Welcomes Zach Vanes as New Director of Film

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

“When I first saw a film play in the John & Nancy Hughes Theatre, I was really excited by the rich sound and the clarity of the image on screen,” said Zach Vanes. “When you see a film in a facility with that level of professional quality, it makes you experience the films you love in a whole new way.”

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.

“It’s truly remarkable how many world class actors, writers, and directors have a connection to Lake County,” said Zach Vanes. “Jean Harlow, Richard Widmark, Jack Benny, Orson Welles, Robin Williams, Vince Vaughn, and John Hughes were all shaped by this area. I see the film program at Gorton as being part of that film tradition. I want to honor that legacy by giving our patrons memorable experiences with culturally significant films from a variety of places and time periods.”

Vanes plans to continue the popular First Thursdays series sponsored by The Sheffield Foundation and institute a monthly classic cinema series, as well as a matinee series with international favorites for kids. He has programmed film for Doc Films at the University of Chicago, Nightingale Cinema, and most recently, Onion City Film Festival. He has experience collaborating with community partners, moderating film panels, and organizing special events.