Christopher Wells named director of repertory programming at Quad Cinema

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Christopher Wells, formerly a programmer at New York City’s IFC Center, has joined Cohen Media Group as director of repertory programming for Manhattan's Quad Cinema.

Charles S. Cohen, the founder, chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, acquired the historic Greenwich Village movie house in 2014 and is currently in the process of renovating and modernizing it to present a wide range of new and vintage films.

"Chris Wells is a skilled programmer and film exhibition veteran, but more importantly, he's a true film lover whose taste, intelligence and passion will help make the new Quad Cinema a prime destination for filmgoers in New York City," Cohen said.

Wells worked at the IFC Center for ten years in all aspects of the theatre's operations. He curated its popular ongoing "Celluloid Dreams" series, which featured discussions with filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch and Paul Schrader. A writer for the website MUBI and the film journals La Furia Umana and Lumiere, Wells has also curated film series at New York's BAMcinematek and Anthology Film Archives.

At the Quad Cinema, Wells will program the multiplex's dedicated repertory screen and will advise on the programming of first-run titles.

The 800-plus-title Cohen Film Collection includes landmark works by Buster Keaton, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock and other cinema giants, and includes such titles as Intolerance, For Ever Mozart, The General, Jamaica Inn, Scene of the Crime, Tristana and W.C. Fields shorts.