Cinema Luminaries Celebrate 50 Years of Film Society at Lincoln Center — Now Minus the ‘Society’

This year, for the first time since 1971, the Film Society of Lincoln Center — an organization that is best known for putting on the annual New York Film Festival, but that actually caters to cineastes year-round — is not presenting its highest honor, the Chaplin Award, but is changing its name, dropping the snobby-sounding ‘Society of’ in favor of ‘at,’ as in, Film at Lincoln Center, which is not unlike, well, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

But rest assured: FLC remains committed to the same mission FSLC has had for the past half-century: “to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the art of cinema.”

The immense impact of FLC on both New Yorkers and filmmakers from all around the world was the focus of Monday night’s Chaplin Award Gala, which, sans honoree, was transformed into a love-fest at Alice Tully Hall, followed by a dinner at the David H. Koch Theatre, all to raise money for the organization.

Among those who took the stage to pay homage were Martin ScorseseJohn WatersPedro AlmodovarDee ReesMichael MooreJake GyllenhaalPaul Dano and Zoe Kazan. Others in attendance included Michael Barker and Tom BernardJulian SchnabelPaul SchraderJ.C. ChandorJim JarmuschJimmy ChinElliot GoldenthalChristine Vachon and Ira Deutchman.

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