Dear Readers,

As we approach the new year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is laying the foundation for a period of change at its 50-plus-year-old magazine, Film Comment.

Senior Editor Nicolas Rapold has been named the interim editor of Film Comment as Gavin Smith concludes his run as editor of the publication effective with the January/February 2016 issue.

Launched in 1962 by founding editor Gordon Hitchens (and quickly given its current name), Film Comment was subsequently edited by a young Richard Corliss starting in 1970. The Film Society took on publishing duties of the magazine in 1973 as its new owner and since then the magazine has been edited by Harlan Jacobson, Richard T. Jameson and then Gavin Smith (who joined the organization as an intern in the late 80s).

Gavin Smith served the magazine passionately and professionally as its leader for fifteen years, ushering it into a new era with the launch of while also honoring the legacy of the brand. As a senior programmer at the Film Society of Lincoln Center he has also served on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films and annual series including Film Comment Selects and Scary Movies.

Looking ahead, the Film Society is committed to building on the foundation established by the five illustrious editors of Film Comment and expanding a diverse, multi-platform strategy for the publication as we embark upon the search for a new Editor.

A leading voice of film culture for five decades, Film Comment shows no signs of slowing down. We will keep you informed as we invite readers, writers, members, filmmakers and those in the broader film community to engage with us over the coming months as we explore ideas and opportunities aimed at growing a contemporary film publication committed to smart coverage and criticism of the movies.

We look forward to your continued support.

Thank you,

Lesli Klainberg & Eugene Hernandez


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