The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Robert Koehler would be resigning immediately from his position as director of programming due to family health issues. In his place, the Film Society announced the appointment of Dennis Lim in the position of Director of Cinematheque Programming.
Koehler was hired last fall in the new position alongside New York Film Festival director Kent Jones following the departure of Richard Peña, who previously handled both roles. In the wake of his departure, the Film Society said that Koehler would be returning to Los Angeles and requested that his family's privacy be respected.
Lim previously served as a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee from 2009 to 2011. A former film editor for The Village Voice, he founded the Museum of the Moving Image's online publication Moving Image Source and currently teaches cultural journalism at New York University.
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FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER PROGRAMMER ROBERT KOEHLER RESIGNS DUE TO FAMILY HEALTH ISSUES
DENNIS LIM NAMED NEW DIRECTOR OF CINEMATHEQUE PROGRAMMING
NEW YORK (March 4, 2013) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center today announced the departure of Robert Koehler, and the appointment of critic and programmer Dennis Lim as Director of Cinematheque Programming. Koehler will step down immediately and return to Los Angeles to focus on personal matters and requests that his family’s privacy be respected.
Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Executive Director Rose Kuo said, “Bob brought a lot of fresh new ideas and innovation to the Film Society during his tenure and we are sorry to see him go. We wish him and his family well and send him our support during this challenging time. We will continue to move forward in a new direction while maintaining our commitment to excellence with the appointment of Dennis Lim as the new Director of Cinematheque Programming. Dennis' knowledge about our organization, his important contributions to film writing and his talent as a programmer make him an ideal partner and leader in the organization's development and growth.”
On his departure Robert Koehler notes, “I am leaving the position of Director of Programming both with a sense of regret, particularly the feeling of personal separation from a wonderful staff and programming team, as well as absolute confidence, given the entrance of Dennis Lim, who has been a friend, colleague and fellow cinephile for several years and whom the Film Society is extraordinarily fortunate to have in a leadership role. I believe that we have laid a foundation for a new and exciting era at Film Society, and I also look forward to contributing in numerous capacities to the Film Society’s growth.”
As Director of Programming for the Cinematheque, Lim will oversee the year-round retrospectives, festivals and screening series. He will officially begin his new role at the Film Society on April 1st. Kent Jones, Director of Programming for the New York Film Festival, will expand his current duties and oversee all programming in the interim.
“I’m excited and honored to be joining an institution that has played a central role in the vitality of New York film culture and meant a great deal to me personally as a writer and a moviegoer,” said Dennis Lim. “I look forward to collaborating with Rose Kuo, Kent Jones, and the rest of the staff in developing a programming vision that both lives up to the illustrious history of the Film Society and opens new paths for its future.”
Dennis Lim has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times since 2006. His writing has also appeared in Artforum, Cinema Scope, and The Village Voice, where he was the film editor from 2000 to 2006. He is the founding editor of Moving Image Source, the online magazine of the Museum of Moving Image in New York, where he has also organized film series and retrospectives. He teaches in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism graduate program at New York University’s Journalism Institute, was the programmer of the 2010 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, and served on the New York Film Festival selection committee from 2009 to 2011. Lim is also completing a book for Amazon Publishing on David Lynch.