Jane Minton, the longtime head of the nonprofit media arts center IFP Minnesota, posted an open letter to the film community on her Facebook page Monday describing her ouster as “heartless, cold, mean, and calculating."

Minton charged that “board/staff protocols may have been violated” in the action, which she characterized as the executive committee “looking for a scapegoat” for a “one-month financial shortfall” of $15,000. The organization’s overall annual budget is $750,000. Minton wrote that by shifting her attention to full-time fundraising, she could have “easily addressed” the deficit, had the board given her the opportunity.

Minton’s sudden termination Aug. 17 after a quarter century as IFP’s head made waves in the Twin Cities film and photography community. Many of those who expressed concern offered praise and pledges of support for her successor as interim executive director, Andrew Peterson.

Emails seeking comment from Christie Healey, IFP Board President, and Chris Barry, IFP Board Treasurer, were not returned  Tuesday. Minton is married to Tim Campbell, the Star Tribune’s senior arts and entertainment editor.

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