“Heading into the fiftieth anniversary of the festival, it seems a perfect time for a transition, both for me personally and for the organization,” Pena said. “Working at the Film Society has been beyond a dream come true, but in the years left for me, I would like to possibly explore other areas of interest, both within and beyond the cinema.”
Rose Kuo, who became the Film Society’s executive director last year, called Pena “a shining light” who guided the Film Society’s discovery of directors like Pedro Almodovar, Mike Leigh, Lars Von Trier, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Hong Sang Soo.
No successor to Pena, who also teaches film at Columbia University, has been named.
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