New director for the IFI February 15, 2008 The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world’s population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species — forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction. It’s all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans. But time and hope are running out — until Ed meets Audrey, a human survivor who leads him to a startling medical breakthrough. Armed with knowledge that both humans and vampires will kill for, Ed must battle his own kind in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human race. A new director has been announced for the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street. Mark Mulqueen, the current director of the IFI, will step down this autumn allowing Sarah Gleenie to take the position. Gleenie has previously worked as Director of the Model Arts and Commissioner of the Irish Pavillion at the Venice Biennale 2005. Commenting on Glennie’s appointment, Eve-Anne Cullinan, Chairperson of IFI, said: “Sarah has a wealth of experience in strategic cultural planning and of running and working in public cultural institutions both in Ireland and internationally. We are delighted to welcome Sarah Glennie to IFI to lead one of the country’s most popular cultural venues into an exciting period in its history.” Along with maintaining the IFI’s mandate- to preserve, present and promote film culture in Ireland- Gleenie will be involved in a variety of projects to be undertaken, including the refurbishmentof the IFI centre Eustace Street, which opened in 1992.