The Film Society Of Lincoln Center revealed today that Rose Kuo will exit as executive director and will be replaced by managing director Lesli Klainberg, who oversaw the past three New York Film Festivals. She will now be Interim Executive Director. Kuo will be a consultant through early 2014 to smooth a transition. Kuo came in during the summer of 2010, displacing former Public Theater exec director Mara Manus.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to steward the Film Society through an amazing period of transformation and growth into new frontiers,” Kuo said in a statement. “After the successful opening of the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, the milestone celebrations of the 50th New York Film Festival and Film Comment magazine, the 40th Chaplin Award Tribute and New Directors/New Films, and this year’s installation of a new creative team, the organization is now in a perfect place for me to make my own transition. Leading the Film Society has been one of the most interesting, rewarding and enjoyable experiences I have ever had and it has opened many new and exciting opportunities.”
Said FSLC board chairman Ann Tenenbaum: “Rose came on board with an expertise that was invaluable to this organization, and during a time when we needed this leadership the most. She has guided us through an incredible growth period, and we are thrilled to have been able to work so closely with her these last three and a half … Read More »
AMC‘s Breaking Bad hits the home stretch of its Emmy-winning five-season run on August 11, and to celebrate the network has partnered with The Film Society Of Lincoln Center on a week-long celebration in NYC. Starting July 26 and running until July 30, FSLC will screen each season in order at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center with tickets free to fans on a first come, first served basis. On August 1 and 2, showrunner Vince Gilligan and star Bryan Cranston will be joined by Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk in a Q&A presenting their favorite episodes at the Walter Reade Theater which will also be streamed online. The celebration is also conveniently timed to Emmys voting season. Read More »
A Tom Cruise retrospective might seem atypical of the often rarefied fare at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which considers itself “a pioneer among film institutions and one of the film world’s most respected and influential arbiters of cinematic trends and discoveries”. But on December 17th — sandwiched between the closing night of Spanish Cinema Now and a series of retro favorites including 2001: A Space Odyssey, It’s A Mad, Mad Mad, Mad World and The Sound Of Music — FSLC has scheduled An Evening With Tom Cruise. In the flesh, with New York Film Festival director of programming Kent Jones moderating. A screening of Cruise’s latest movie Jack Reacher directed by Christopher McQuarrie follows as an introduction to the December 18-20 retrospective All The Right Moves: The Films Of Tom Cruise.
It’s a pre-couch-jumping Tom Cruise’s greatest hits — Top Gun (directed by the late Tony Scott), Born On The Fourth Of July (Oliver Stone), Jerry Maguire (Cameron Crowe), The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick), Mission: Impossible (Brian De Palma), Rain Man (Barry Levinson), and Risky Business (Paul Brickman). With those directors Cruise was certainly in good company, so maybe the retrospective programmed by Scott Foundas isn’t so atypical after all. And the Chistopher McQuarrie-directed Jack Reacher, adapted from Lee Childs’ novel One Shot, happens to open the next day.
New York’s New Directors/New Films series has introduced the likes of Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Darren Aronofsky, Richard Linklater, Kelly Reichardt and Pedro Almodovar. Spielberg’s Sugarland Express debuted at the event and the fledgling filmmaker went on to direct Jaws a year later. Spike Lee’s NYU thesis film Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads was the first student film to be shown in ND/NF back in 1982, and Christopher Nolan debuted his first feature Following in the U.S. in 1999. The series, hosted by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, this year includes 29 features and 12 shorts. It opened tonight. Here are six directors to watch: Read More »
An anticipated event on the annual festival circuit in the U.S. the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) unveiled the full lineup for the New Directors/New Films series taking place March 21 – April 1 in New York. The 41st edition of the event will spotlight 29 features and 12 shorts by emerging talent. Foreign titles are heavily represented in this year’s lineup with only a few Americans making the cut. Sony Classics’ Where Do We Go Now? by Nadine Labaki join the large group of foreign titles this year. Adam Leon’s Gimme The Loot, Sundance ’12 titles How To Survive A Plague by David France and An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty by Terence Nance are among the new U.S. offerings this year. ND/NF will break some precedent this year, hosting a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Fear And Desire, twenty years older than the festival itself. Also new for the closing night is a surprise screening that will be revealed as the curtain raises April 1st.
The 41st New Directors/New Films features selections include:
THE AMBASSADOR (Ambassadøren) (2011) 94min
Directed by Mads Brügger
The consummate agent-provocateur–his method fittingly described as “Graham Greene meets Borat”–Brügger (THE RED CHAPEL, NDNF 2010) shocks and mightily entertains by performing an artistic intervention in reality using role-playing and hidden cameras to expose an awful truth about life in central Africa.
BREATHING (Atmen) (2011) 90min
Director: Karl Markovics
The remarkably assured directorial debut
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French acting icon Catherine Deneuve will receive this year’s Chaplin Award in April in New York. The annual gala, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will take place April 2. With a career that has spanned five decades and more than 100 films, Deneuve’s roles have included Jacques Demy’s classic The Umbrellas Of Cherbourgh (1964), Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965) and later Indochine (1992), which earned her an Oscar nomination and her second César Award. Sidney Poitier received the award last year.