The Film Society of Lincoln Center is pleased to announce Michael Koresky as the organization’s new Editorial Director and Nicolas Rapold as Editor of Film Comment.
The Editorial Director is a newly created position at the Film Society, and Koresky will oversee planning, strategy, and development of all editorial content for the organization as well as for Film Comment and its platforms. He will work closely with the existing Film Comment editorial team—Rapold, Managing Editor Laura Kern, and Digital Editor Violet Lucca—to establish the overall editorial vision of the magazine, and with the Film Society’s programming, digital, marketing, and publicity departments to unify and strengthen the institution’s voice in program descriptions, print materials, audio and video content, and online channels. Read Rapold’s note about the changes on the Film Comment website.
“Michael Koresky has brought a distinct voice and an editorial eye to his various roles at the Criterion Collection, Metrograph, and Reverse Shot, while also engaging amazing writers as contributors,” said Film Society Deputy Director and Co-Publisher of Film Comment Eugene Hernandez. “We know he will bring the same rigor and commitment to his role at the Film Society. He’s devoted to reassessing the organization’s editorial mission, rethinking everything it publishes and where it publishes it. We’re also investing in our existing team by elevating Nicolas Rapold to the role of Editor. He has been a key member of Film Comment for more than a decade, and, alongside Laura Kern and Violet Lucca, brings experience, knowledge, and history—a link to the magazine’s past and a deep understanding of its mission. That’s the foundation we need for everything we’re trying to do.”
Koresky is an editor and writer, and was most recently the Director of Publications and Marketing for the new Metrograph Theater in downtown Manhattan, envisioning and overseeing the creation of its website and calendar. Prior to that, Koresky worked for 10 years at the Criterion Collection, functioning as the sole Staff Writer and, earlier, its Managing Editor; during his time at Criterion he composed all copy for the company’s releases, managed and wrote for its website, created video essays, and wrote over 40 printed essays for both Criterion and its Eclipse line. Koresky is also known for co-founding and co-editing—along with Jeff Reichert—the popular online critical film journal Reverse Shot (est. 2003), a publication of New York’s Museum of the Moving Image since 2014. Koresky’s other positions have included Assistant Editor of Film Comment (from 2001 to 2005) and Copy Chief of Interview magazine. Additionally, Koresky is the author of the book Terence Davies, published by University of Illinois Press, and has written on film for Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, Village Voice, Film Quarterly, Cineaste, Filmmaker, The American Interest, and Indiewire.
Rapold joined Film Comment magazine’s editorial team in 2005 and held the position of Senior Editor for the past four years, establishing its website as a daily publication. He has served as Interim Editor since January, and in that time has overseen the launch of three new online columns and the Film Comment podcast, and expanded content online and in the bimonthly print magazine. His criticism and journalism have appeared extensively in The New York Times, Artforum, The Village Voice, Reverse Shot, The L Magazine, Tablet, Stop Smiling, The New York Sun, and Sight & Sound. In addition to covering international festivals such as Cannes and Toronto, he has advised on film series about Rainer Werner Fassbinder, international science fiction, old Hollywood, rare documentary, public access television, and Tuesday Weld. He has taught at NYU and Princeton University, guest lectured at Harvard, and is the editor of a forthcoming book on Frederick Wiseman.
“Film Comment has been a leading voice of film criticism for over 50 years,” said Film Society Executive Director and Co-Publisher of Film Comment Lesli Klainberg. “If anything, the magazine’s place in film culture is more important than ever because so many other voices have been silenced. The work Film Comment does is vital and important. It elevates the discussion around the art of film and we’re determined to expand on that and develop platforms to make the magazine accessible to new audiences.”
Among their upcoming ventures, Koresky and Rapold will advise on the launch of Film Comment’s app—a project spearheaded by Lucca, Film Comment Business Manager Vicki Robinson, and the Film Society’s digital department.
“The mission of the Film Society of Lincoln Center is to celebrate the art of cinema and to enrich film culture,” Hernandez added. “We celebrate cinema by exhibiting films in our theaters. We enrich film culture by publishing Film Comment and by creating content to support our programming and express it in new ways—through video, podcasts, apps—and to new audiences outside our theaters. We’re very excited about these new roles and our focus on the voice of the institution.”