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Cohen Media Group Adds Ex-Film Comment Editor to Team

Cohen Media Group Adds Ex-Film Comment Editor to Team

Having left his editor-in-chief role after 15 years at Film Comment, Gavin Smith is going over to the other side.

He is joining New York indie distributor and exhibitor Cohen Media Group in the new position of Vice President. Smith will work alongside owner and CEO Charles S. Cohen and CMG’s Vice President and Archivist, Tim Lanza, to seek out films to acquire for the Cohen Film Collection, currently comprised of over 800 classics.

Smith, who served as a programmer at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will help to program and curate the repertory screen at the redesigned Quad Cinema in the Village, working on film series and moderating filmmaker presentations and discussions.
Cohen Media is branding the Quad Cinema as “the New York City home of classic, foreign, art-house and independent films.” Cohen bought the dilapidated movie house in 2014 and is renovating it. They will compete for audiences with another new venture, Lower Manhattan’s Metrograph Theatre.  
While Smith is a respected figure among highbrow New York cinephiles for his deep cinema knowledge, he is used to working autonomously, running his own show at the Film Society with a narrow coterie of like-minded critics. Collaborating in concert with a group of industry professionals may prove to be a character-building challenge.

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