New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones Will Step Down After 2019 Edition

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New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones Will Step Down After 2019 Edition
New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair Kent Jones will step down at the conclusion of this year’s festival, which begins next week. The news was first reported in Variety and confirmed by the festival this morning.

Last year, Jones made his feature directorial debut with the Mary Kay Place-starring “Diane,” which won the Best Feature award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, and his exit was reportedly inspired by his desire to continue making his own films. IndieWire first reported on the possibility of Jones’ exit earlier this summer.

Jones will continue to work with Film at Lincoln Center in a to-be-determined advisory position. Flc executive director Lesli Klainberg will oversee a search for Jones’ replacement. While no new director have been named, an announcement is expected soon.

Before stepping behind the camera, the longtime film critic and programmer had enjoyed an enviable and multi-facted career, from
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