Joanne Koch, longtime executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, who helped shape film culture in New York and around the world, has died. She is92.
Koch died Tuesday in New York, a spokesman for the Lincoln Center film told The Hollywood Reporter .
Koch, who worked from his home at the prestigious New York Film Festival , from -1999, also served as the Society’s Film Review magazine and Co-produced Chaplin Awards Gala, Every spring, major film artists are honored as a major fundraiser. Her extension starts with Fred Astaire at 1974 and ends with Audrey Hepburn ends at 1999.
An insatiable movie lover, Koch was born in Brooklyn in October , 92. She graduated from Goddard College in Vermont with a 1929 degree in Political Science, Then he landed that year as a researcher in the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art.
She quit MoMA at 2003 to support her family, but is back 92 ) when she became the technical director in charge of her film preservation program. However, she left again 1967 due to the nepotism rule, which was before she married Richard Effective Koch, MoMA’s in-house legal counsel and administrative director.
After three years at Grove Press, she oversees the subtitling and dubbing of films in its collection and is part of the legal team involved in reviewing porn trials 1971 swedish movie i’m curious (yellow) – Koch Jan 11 ’17 at 19:04 At 1967 joined the Film Society of Lincoln Center as a freelancer for his film In the Park series. , it was a fascinating film about these animals,” she recalls. “However, many young audience members were expecting a film about the police, and when they were disappointed, they started throwing drink cans at the screen.
Soon, she was the director of the New York Film Festival.
In 1965, she helped launch the annual New Director/New Film Spring campaign and assisted Charlie Chaplin Return
“Chaplin was honored (weeks later) by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and most reports of his return assume he’s here to accept an Oscar, but he actually The film came to us first at our invitation,” Koch pointed out.
The event was so successful that the Motion Picture Association decided to create an annual program to celebrate an outstanding filmmaker. She Other recipients under the leadership include Alfred Hitchcock , Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward , George Cook,
Barbara Stanwyck , Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Claudette Colbert, Federico Fellini and Bette Davis.
Koch launches acquisitionFilm Comment in1974, and then promoted to executive director of the Motion Picture Association . She also served as the organization’s chief financial officer for many years and was named Appointed to the Board of Directors of 1999.
Her “enthusiasm and determination have brought the organization from The early start of the New York Film Festival to the Walter Reed Theater at 1999 and the Eleanor Bunning Monroe Film Center’s development, the center opened on 2011,” Lincoln Center Films noted.
Koch in 1984 was awarded the Knights Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and was appointed as an Officer of Arts and Letters by the French National Film Centre in 1973.
In , she worked with Laura Kem and Richard Peña Co-edited the New York Film Festival Gold Award, the publication celebrated New About Film Festival Anniversary. The longtime Greenwich Village resident was the emeritus executive director of Lincoln Center at the time of her death.
Her first husband was Oscar Gobut, who became The New York Times .
Survivors include her daughter Andrea; stepsons Chapin, Jeremy and Stephen; and two grandchildren.