Terrell Sandefur, a Macon Film Festival board member and publicist, is taking a job in the Los Angeles area, he said Monday.
“I have had an offer, and it’s something I couldn’t turn down,” Sandefur said, though he declined to give details of the position because he has not yet signed a contract.
Sandefur said he plans to shuttle back and forth between Macon and Los Angeles for the time being, and that he will continue his work as marketing chairman on the festival’s board. Sandefur was president of the board when it voted earlier this summer to move away from its traditional February date.
The festival and the Bragg Jam Music Festival announced plans to partner in 2015, giving the city 10 days of music and film. Julie Wilkerson, the current board president, spoke with Sandefur on Monday about his new position. She said she is excited about the prospect of having a Los Angeles-based marketing chairman for the film festival.
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“We’re excited he wants to continue with the festival and excited about the contacts he makes when he is out there,” Wilkerson said.
Sandefur grew up in Macon and returned with his wife, Kim, and their twins in 2002. He has been a strong advocate of downtown Macon.
Sandefur has his own public relations and marketing firm, SoChi Companies, as well as the SoChi Gallery, an event space on Second Street that he renovated.
Sandefur announced on social media Monday that he was selling the gallery -- “his baby,” he wrote on Twitter. In order to make his new bicoastal existence work, he will need to sell it to focus on his new job and his work with the film festival, he lamented in an interview. He was more upbeat about his potential contributions to the film festival with his new position in California.
“I don’t have any intentions of leaving (the film festival), regardless of where I am,” he said. “I can probably make more of an impact on it from L.A. than I can from Macon.”
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