Capitol Hill’s Three Dollar Bill Cinema seeks new director as Brister joins GSBA

That’s show biz. The woman who has helped fill summer nights in Cal Anderson Park with quirky, campy and queer cinema is moving on to a new role. Three Dollar Bill Cinema has announced that executive director Rachel Brister is leaving the non-profit to join the Greater Seattle Business Association. Details on her move — and this summer’s slate of Brister-inspired flicks planned for Cal Anderson — below.

Brister, left, is moving on (Image: Three Dollar Bill Cinema)

Brister is leaving Three Dollar, a Capitol Hill-based organizer of film festivals and events highlighting the LGBT community, after eight years to join the influential GSBA. The association, a self-described “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Allied business and professional chamber of commerce,” touts a membership of more than 1,000 Seattle-area businesses and organizations and an annual budget of nearly $1 million.

Meanwhile, 2012 marked the 17th year for Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. 

As for what she’ll bring to the GSBA from her years coordinating gay film and events on Capitol Hill, Brister said it has been a lesson in giving.

“I’ve learned how important it is to do events for your community,” she said. “It’s really nice to be able to just give something back.”

Brister tells CHS she’ll continue to be busy in the Capitol Hill community — she currently serves on the community council among her non-cinematic activities. More from Brister on her move in a statement sent out by Three Dollar Bill, below.

For now, you can plan to celebrate Brister’s new gig and outdoor cinema with this summer’s Cal Anderson roster. Stay tuned for 

  • VIVA LAS VEGAS’ — August 3rd
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ — August 10th

The theme? Road trip. Films start on the darker end of dusk in the southeast corner of Cal Anderson Park. You can learn more at

CHS is a longtime community partner of Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

“Deciding 8 years ago to move across the country to become the Executive Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema is the best decision that I have ever made. I love Seattle and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful parts of Seattle’s LGBT and film communities. I am grateful to call myself a member of those communities. I have felt welcome since my first day on the job and I can’t thank the Three Dollar Bill Cinema Board and staff enough for welcoming me then with such open arms. 

It is almost impossible for me to sum up my feelings around leaving Three Dollar Bill Cinema. This decision was not at all an easy one to make. Three Dollar Bill Cinema has shaped my life in Seattle and my position has taught me so much about what it means to truly work for a community and a cause. I have worked with an amazing, dedicated, and supportive staff and Board of Directors. I have been humbled by the size and skill of Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s volunteer corps. And I have been in awe of Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s growing and enthusiastic audiences year after year. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to guide and grow Three Dollar Bill Cinema to where it is today. I look forward to this organizations very bright future.

I am thrilled to be joining the staff of another organization that combines a community and a cause, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA). The intersection of business and philanthropy is something that has always been important to me. My new position of Deputy Director will allow me the opportunity to combine business development and community leadership to expand economic opportunities for the LGBT community and those who support equality for all. 

I’d like to thank the staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, as well as the Greater Seattle community for the opportunity to work with an organization that I love dearly for the past 8 years. I feel so fortunate to have been given this opportunity.

 My passion for Three Dollar Bill Cinema, its mission and programs will never waiver. Thank you all for the support you have given to this organization and to me over the past 8 years. I look forward to seeing all of you in the audience at the next Three Dollar Bill Cinema screening.”

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