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.

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize and support new directors, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of film. Among its yearly programming of film festivals, film series and special events, the Film Society presents two film festivals in particular that annually attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, which just celebrated its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award—now named “The Chaplin Award”—to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Sidney Poitier. FSLC presents its year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational and transmedia programs and specialty film releases at the famous Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stonehenge Partners, Stella Artois, the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.


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