Richard Peña Selects
For three decades, Richard Peña has been one of the leading voices and tastemakers in New York film culture – as former director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, as former head programmer of the New York Film Festival, and as host of Reel 13 Classics on PBS channel Thirteen. Along the way, he has been instrumental in introducing North American audiences to the diversity and richness of global cinema, a legacy that he has continued as a professor at Columbia University for the past 25 years.
On the eve of his retirement, Professor Peña has selected six films of particular importance to him and his career, ranging from classic Hollywood noir (Kiss Me Deadly) to one of the last Chinese films made before the Cultural Revolution (Two Stage Sisters). In keeping with the breadth and pluralism that have always been his hallmark, many of the selected films are either little known or hard to see. The series culminates with an in-person discussion moderated by MoMA curator Josh Siegel, in which Professor Peña reflects on his career as New York City’s most influential film curator.