Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Film Society of Lincoln Center
announce multi-year partnership and launch of a
Filmmaker in Residence initiative 

(New York, NY) Wednesday, April 17, 2013 — Jaeger-LeCoultre, inspired by 180 years of passion for artistic and technical excellence, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, America’s pre-eminent New York based non-profit film organization, are pleased to announce a multi-year partnership and launch of the upcoming Filmmaker in Residence initiative.

“Creating a dedicated program for cinema with the Film Society of Lincoln Center is a privilege for Jaeger-LeCoultre. This partnership will serve as a U.S. anchor for Jaeger-LeCoultre at the crossroads of culture in America” said Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Jérôme Lambert. ”As a Swiss manufacturer who has dedicated all its technical art to excellence and creativity for the past 180 years; we are delighted to be partnering with such an esteemed institution who has such an extensive reach within cinema.”

For close to a decade, Jaeger-LeCoultre has recognized the creative ingenuity of filmmakers through the Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice International Film Festival, presented to a personality that brought “great innovation to contemporary cinema.” Past honorees include Spike Lee, Al Pacino, Agnes Varda and Abbas Kiarostami. Jaeger-LeCoultre has also been a long-term supporter of the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

The leading luxury manufacturer extends its support of cinematic arts by now aligning with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to create the Filmmaker In Residence program; an annual initiative designed to further cement both organizations’ roles within the film community, and support of the arts. A panel of notable filmmakers and screenwriters will oversee the selection process of the nominee, to be announced in June, and the initiative will launch in September in New York.

Each year, this nominee will have the opportunity to focus on developing or refining new work in New York City. During the residency, the emerging or established artist may participate in master classes, mentorships or cultural exchange and enrichment film programs with the Film Society of Lincoln Center members, the film community and the public.

Rose Kuo, Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said, “We are thrilled to be working with Jaeger-LeCoultre, and excited to share such an important initiative as the Filmmaker in Residence program with such an esteemed partner. The new initiative will allow the Film Society and Jaeger-LeCoultre to both deepen their support for filmmakers and offer that support at an earlier stage in the creative process.”

The new partnership also extends to two of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s most prestigious annual events – the 40th Annual Chaplin Award Gala and the 51st New York Film Festival. The Gala will be held April 22nd honoring Barbra Streisand with a star-studded, black-tie tribute attended by industry leaders in film, fine arts & fashion and President Bill Clinton presenting the award at the end of the evening. Previous honorees include, Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas and many more.  The 51st Annual New York Film Festival will take place from Sept 27- Oct 13th, and is a 17-day celebration showcasing the best & most significant films of the year from around the world. 

Throughout the year, Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will also partner on a series of events, including the annual Film Comment Luncheon in January, celebrating the best actors and films of the year and also a Tastemaker Screening Series. 


About Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre – 1833-2013
A major player in watchmaking history since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre is the first Manufacture to have been established in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. It played a pioneering role by uniting the full range of technical and artistic professions under one roof and made an indelible imprint on the watchmaking development of the entire region. Guided by time-honored know-how and a constant quest for technical enhancements, the master-watchmakers, engineers and technicians craft each watch in harmony with the same passion. Each masterpiece, heir to 180 years of expertise, benefits from cutting-edge technologies while being crafted in harmony with the noblest traditions. Building on a vast heritage encompassing 1,231 calibres and 398 registered patents, Jaeger-LeCoultre remains the reference in high-end watchmaking.

Committed to a constant quest for excellence and supported by a uniquely inventive spirit, Jaeger-LeCoultre perpetuates the tradition of Grande Complication models introduced by the Manufacture through a succession of extraordinary creations: Atmos Mystérieuse (2003), Gyrotourbillon 1 (2004), Reverso grande complication à triptyque (2006), Master Compressor Extreme Lab 1 (2007), Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 (2008), Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie (2009), Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication (2010), Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau (2011), Duomètre Sphérotourbillon (2012), and Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee (2013).

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 www.filmlinc.com and follow #filmlinc on Twitter.

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