This year marks the 50th anniversary of Film at Lincoln Center. As we reflect on our organization’s legendary past and vibrant present, we know that this historic moment would not have been possible without the support, passion, and commitment of our incredible members and patrons.

This landmark anniversary marks not only a celebration of our history but also a look ahead at the exciting things in store. To commemorate this special occasion, we want to hear directly from all of you. Over the next few months, we will celebrate and showcase our unparalleled community of film lovers, including a Member Spotlight column in the member and patron newsletter that will reflect information collected from you in this form.

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Thank you for the vital role you have played in the organization’s first 50 years. We look forward to the next 50!

For this month’s Member Spotlight, we spoke with Qing Jin. Jin was a participant in the 2017 Industry Academy and is a New Wave member. She currently works at The Cinema Guild and has been involved with projects featured in our New Directors/New Films festival.

Qing Jin

Why is cinema so special and important to you?

It always challenges me with new points of view and allows me to connect with people coming from different backgrounds. It is a universal yet diverse language.

Do you recall the first movie you ever saw in a movie theater? If so, can you tell us what it was and your experience seeing it?  

The Lion King. I was totally shocked by the vivid images and soundtrack. I felt as though working in film must be the greatest thing one can be involved with!  

Do you recall the first movie or event you saw here at FLC or NYFF?  

The New York Film Festival in 2015 is where I saw my first Hong Sangsoo film on the big screen.

What is your fondest memory at FLC?  

I have so many! On top of the list was attending the Industry Academy with other young professionals during New Directors/New Films. I attended a week-long program which focused on increasing diversity within the film industry. The same year my company, Cinema Guild, brought two Hong Sangsoo films to NYFF. I was extremely excited that I got to work with director Hong during the New York Film Festival.

Why did you become a member or patron of the organization?  

There are consistently new films and events to attend. I get to know (and meet in person!) filmmakers and dive in their creative process. I’ve also become friends with many enthusiastic individuals during New Wave Film Club and Members’ Nights. It is a great community to be part of!

What are your top three (or more!) favorite films? Did you see any of them here at FLC or NYFF?

Lost in Translation, Hotel by the River*, 35 Shots of Rum*, Stranger than Paradise, The Rider*. (*saw at FLC/NYFF)

Anything else you’d like to tell us about your experience with FLC?

My husband Dan and I had most of our early dates at Alice Tully Hall and Walter Reade Theater during NYFF. Each of us would pick several films from the line-up and go together. We got to know each other through the two-week-long film experience and have been attending together ever since.

Interested in becoming a Member of Film at Lincoln Center? Learn more about our Member, Patron, and New Wave programs and join anytime!