We're incredibly proud that AJFF attracts some of the most talented, passionate people. From our staff, to our volunteers, or even to members of our audience, there's a huge group of people that make AJFF a world-class cultural event. This month, we're putting the spotlight on AJFF’s Development Associate Danit Drory.
A Little Bit about Danit
I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA and from an early age I developed a strong passion for film and entertainment. I literally had my eyes glued to the television as I learned so much through film. I enjoy the dialogue and storytelling it brings to the big screen. I also grew up in a household where my parents were heavily involved (and still are) with the Jewish community in Virginia. I soon began devoting my time to be an active member and giving back to the various Jewish communities I’ve lived in. I’m truly fortunate to work for an organization where I get to marry my love for film and the Jewish community into one.
I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in marketing, a minor in public relations and specialization in professional selling. After graduation, I worked at Nissan North America in Franklin, TN and at Leesa in their headquarters office in Virginia Beach. I moved to Atlanta in September 2017.
How did you come to be involved with AJFF?
Two years after moving back to Virginia Beach, I really wanted to move to a city that had a strong and vibrant Jewish community and to work for an organization that could connect me to that audience. When the development associate position at AJFF became available, it seemed like a perfect fit. I’m fortunate to be working at AJFF and to be able to do so with such an incredible, hardworking staff since September 2017.
What is the most interesting challenge, in improving AJFF, that you get to help with?
My biggest goal is to connect with as many people as possible to discuss the benefits of AJFF and what it has to offer to the community…especially with young adults.
I personally wish to thank all AJFF donors because they’ve given an amazing gift to the community like no other. Every AJFF donor has taught me the importance of what it means to truly give back and provide a ‘feel good’ investment. I am 27 years old and it’ll soon be my generation’s turn to bring into the fold and hopefully support an important cause.
What is your fondest memory from being involved with AJFF?
Meeting AJFF members. After living in Atlanta and working at AJFF for nearly two years, I can say I didn’t know much about the AJFF community beforehand. I’ve shared many phone calls and numerous emails with our supporters, but never met them in person. When I get to meet our supporters in the ticket lines or at AJFF events and I finally get to put a face to the name…it’s an amazing feeling and I’m filled with joy. I’ve grown very fond of the AJFF supporters in such a short time.
How has your experience outside of AJFF played into your work with the festival?
I come from a working background that provides the best experience, benefits and promotions to others, so I’ve been using those same skill sets and have now significantly enhanced them. I also volunteered a lot of my time in development as well. Shortly before moving to Atlanta, I served on the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Super Sunday committee in 2017 where we raised over $130,000 in 4 hours.
How do you describe AJFF to those who've never experienced it?
Mind-boggling! AJFF really goes the extra mile to provide an experience like no other. The films selected have so many layers and nuances and it brings interesting topics of discussion to the table. Adding in the educational element to the programming with opening speakers, Q&A’s and panel discussions…I get to take away something new I learned at every screening.
Who would you cast to play you in a film?
Emmy Rossum. I’d be so lucky to have her play me in a film!
Thank you to Danit for her enthusiasm and commitment to AJFF. We’ve no doubt many of you will be hearing from her soon! Stay tuned to see whom we profile next month.