David Ninh has joined arthouse film distributor Kino Lorber as director of press and publicity, the company announced April 17. He starts April 23. Ninh will report to Wendy Lidell, Kino Lorber’s SVP of theatrical and non-theatrical distribution and acquisitions, and CEO Richard Lorber (for corporate communications).
Ninh previously worked at Kickstarter as senior communications specialist overseeing press and publicity outreach for crowdfunding company’s Film and Arts & Culture categories (including Art, Performance, Publishing, Music, Food and LGBTQ communities). He also worked on company launches such Kickstarter’s DRIP funding subscription tool for creators and helped manage the company’s partnership with the Sundance Institute to collaborate with filmmakers on launching campaigns. As Kickstarter’s first film media relations executive he advised filmmakers, artists and creators on engaging and building community during the initial funding stages of many notable film and arts projects.
Before Kickstarter, Ninh spent four years at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as a member of the publicity team, promoting the organization’s year-round programming, theatrical new releases and repertory programming. He worked on the organization’s film festivals, including the New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films, and led press initiatives for special retrospective film series such as “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?” and “Foxy, the Complete Pam Grier.”
Prior to his tenure at Lincoln Center, Ninh was an account executive at PMK-BNC, working on major national media and corporate accounts. Earlier, he was an entertainment and style staff writer for The Dallas Morning News.
Kino Lorber recently opened Sophie Fiennes’s Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, Rüdiger Suchsland’s Hitler’s Hollywood, Bill Gunn’s restoration of Personal Problems, and Rachel Israel’s Keep the Change.
With a library of 2,000 titles, Kino Lorber has been a leader in independent art- house distribution for 35 years, releasing over 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, Zeitgeist and Alive Mind Cinema banners. In addition, the company brings more than 350 titles annually to the home entertainment and educational markets through disc and digital media releases. Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Carlotta USA, Adopt Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct-to-consumer channels as well as direct distribution to all major and many new VOD platforms.