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Everything I say is contextual: Writer; Film/TV/Theater addict; Film programmer; Opinionated native-San Franciscan turned New Yorker and now Brooklynite.


Aaron Dobbs is a freelance writer, film programmer and festival operations director living in Brooklyn. After spending his first 17 years of life in beautiful and heavenly San Francisco, he ventured south to Los Angeles in order to attend UCLA as a theater major. By his third year, through a random sequence of events, Aaron accidentally began writing for the UCLA Daily Bruin, eventually becoming one of the paper's lead film critics, entertainment and media columnists and even editor of the Arts & Entertainment section.

Aaron hated living in Los Angeles, though. He spent a short period of time as an journalist, writing and producing a daily entertainment newswire and satellite feed for MJI Broadcasting and E! Entertainment, distributed to morning radio DJs around the country. But Aaron's goals always had focused more on film, from the creative side, rather than the critical.

He worked at a small Beverly Hills talent and literary agency for nearly three years before moving on to HBO NYC Productions during the halcyon days of New York indie film. Then came the mostly-Dark Ages of 2000-2004, of which he will not speak; at least not here because the period mostly bores even him.

Until Oct. 2009, Aaron was the Director of Programming Operations, an Associate Programmer and Panels Producer for the Tribeca Film Festival, which he first joined as a volunteer during its inaugural 2002 edition. In 2004, he started his blog Out of Focus (which was also the title of one of his Daily Bruin columns all those years ago). He has also contributed to Gothamist, indieWIRE and