Film Society of Lincoln Center Executive Director Rose Kuo Steps Down

The organization, which produces the New York Film Festival, also announced an interim replacement.

Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo is stepping down, it was announced Wednesday.

The New York Film Festival producer added that current managing director Lesli Klainberg has been named interim executive director. Kuo also will consult with the Film Society's board through the first quarter of 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.

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Klainberg has been managing director of the Film Society for almost two years and produced the last three New York Film Festivals. She also has produced award-winning documentaries like A Place at the Table.
"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."

Film Society board chairman Ann Tenenbaum said of Kuo: "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 years."

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Board president Dan Stern added: "The organization has accomplished a tremendous amount under the stewardship of Rose, and for that we are thankful. She leaves us with an exceptionally strong team, and in a position to now continue strengthening our relationships within the film community, build the profile of the organization overall and further solidify our theaters as important cultural destinations."

In addition to producing the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents additional film programs year-round including festivals like the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films and NewFest. The organization also runs two independent theaters in New York, the Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center, both located at Lincoln Center.