Today, The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that Director of Cinematheque Programming Robert Koehler will be stepping down from his position effective immediately.
A major hub in the film world, the New York-based Lincoln Center presents year-round film events, including screenings, panels, lecturers, educational programs and specialty film releases. It also acts as host to the annual New York Film Festival and publishes the award winning Film Comment Magazine.
Though Koehler asks that his privacy be respected, a press release states that he is returning to Los Angeles due to family healthy issues. Former Village Voice editor and frequent New York Times and Los Angeles Times contributor Dennis Lim will take Koehler’s place on April 1. As the new director, Lim will supervise the year-round screening series, festivals and retrospectives.
Critic/filmmaker Kent Jones will take over Koehler’s duties in the interim.
“I believe that we have laid a foundation for a new and exciting era at Film Society,” Koehler said in the press release. “And I also look forward to contributing in numerous capacities to the Film Society’s growth.”