Chatham Film Club Gains New Board Member Lydia Kukoff

At their annual meeting on January 17, 2016, the Chatham Film Club’s Board of Directors welcomed Lydia Kukoff as a new board member. Fred Ulrich, President of the Chatham Film Club, says, “We are thrilled to have Lydia join the board. This will be an important year as we embark on long-term planning for further renovations to the Crandell, and Lydia’s wealth of nonprofit experience, deep connections in the community, and love of film will be extremely valuable.”

Moving to Columbia County in 1998 with her husband Bernie Kukoff, former Hollywood TV producer/writer, Lydia Kukoff says they ”were excited to find the quality of films being shown in this beautiful, rural area.” At the time FilmColumbia was but a ”gleam” in the eyes of film lovers and since then has become a ”gem that truly enhances the quality of our lives.” She looks forward to working closely with the Chatham Film Club during this period of potential and growth.

A founder and past president of The Chatham Synagogue-Netivot Torah, Lydia Kukoff currently serves on its board. The author of ”Choosing Judaism,” she created the Reform Movement’s Outreach program, the Jewish Community’s first national program for intermarried couples and Jews-by-Choice, and directed it for 13 years. Ms. Kukoff is a past board member of and current board member of Jewish Jumpstart, a platform for innovation in the Jewish Community, and Boston’s Hebrew College. She has served on the board of The Spencertown Academy, where she co-chaired the Hidden Gardens tour for three years.

At the January meeting, the board also renewed three-year terms for Bill Barrett, Sara McWilliams, and Fred Ulrich. Current officers were re-elected: Fred Ulrich as President, Peter Biskind as Vice President, Susan Van Tassel as Treasurer, and Lael Locke as Secretary.

The Chatham Film Club, a 501(c)(3) member-supported nonprofit organization, owns and operates the historic Crandell Theatre on Chatham’s Main Street and produces the popular FilmColumbia Festival each October. For information on the Chatham Film Club, or to see what’s showing, visit