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On the opening weekend of the IFC’s new IFC Center (which a friend reported was packed out for the opening of Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know), the folks at Gothamist have posted an interview with our friend John Vanco, the chief programmer for the theater. Vanco talks a lot about film and outlines an exciting vision for the theater, and he also reveals a past life as a carpenter when asked about the theater’s construction delays:

“My background as a carpenter is an awfully obscure fact and fading memory — that was a long time ago. But, yes, kind of being handy with tools and having confidence with basic rules of physics and engineering has been useful in participating in some of the problem-solving moments of the renovation. But I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by lots of experienced and talented specialists who have helped conquer all the construction challenges and make this such a beautiful place and such an architecturally successful mixing of the past and the present. I do look forward to the day in the very near future when my previously untapped talent for HVAC [Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning] systems programming and my opinions about the best way to cantilever a 40-year-old neon marquee sign from the ceiling are no longer relevant.”

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