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Robert Koehler Resigns Film Society of Lincoln Center Post; Dennis Lim New Director of Cinematheque Programming

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 4, 2013 at 1:01PM

Sadly, Robert Koehler, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's recently appointed Director of Cinematheque programming, is resigning to focus on family health matters. He will be replaced by programmer and critic Dennis Lim. Koehler requests privacy for his family. Lim will now oversee the year-round retrospectives, festivals and screening series, reporting to Kent Jones, who supervises all programming.
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Robert Koehler
Robert Koehler

Sadly, Robert Koehler, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's recently appointed Director of Cinematheque programming, is resigning to focus on family health matters. He will be returning to Los Angeles; Koehler requests privacy for his family. His duties will be fulfilled by programmer and critic Dennis Lim, who will now oversee the year-round retrospectives, festivals and screening series, reporting to Kent Jones, who replaced outgoing NYFF director Richard Pena and supervises all FSLC programming.

The Film Society's exec director Rose Kuo states:

"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.”

Koehler adds;

“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.”

More on Lim below:

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.