Richard Peña is a Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in international cinema and film theory. From 1988 through 2012, he was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival. At the Film Society, Peña organized retrospectives of Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, Robert Aldrich, Gabriel Figueroa, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura, Roberto Gavaldon and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Chinese, Taiwanese, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Arab, Korean, Soviet, Turkish and Argentine cinema. In 1992, he created with the Spanish Ministry of Culture the annual "Spanish Cinema Now" series at Lincoln Center, and in 1996 "Rendez-vous with French Cinema". A frequent lecturer internationally on a wide variety of film topics, he is also currently the host of WNET/Channel 13's weekly Reel 13.