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Claus Mueller

Claus Mueller is  Senior New York Correspondent

New York City based Claus Mueller reviews film festivals and related issues and serves as a  senior editor for Society and Diplomatic Review.

As a professor emeritus he covered at Hunter College / CUNY social and media research and is an accredited member of the US State Department's Foreign Press Center.



We Are One A Global Film Festival

Major Film Festivals Across the World Join with YouTube to Announce  We Are One: A Global Film Festival Starting May 29   The 10-day digital festival, produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises, will feature programming from 20 festivals including Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and many more, enabling audiences to experience films from around the world   Festival to benefit World Health Organization Covid-19 Solidarity Resp...

New York Outsider Art Fair 2020

  The maverick Outsider Art Fair was founded in 1993 covering a market gap and instantly grew by responding to an already existing collecting community tripling its attendance by 2013. After its acquisition by Wide Open Arts, a curatorial and seminar program was added the Outsider Art Fair opening its first French edition in Paris in October 2013 for a European audience attracted to the work of self-aught artists in the art brut tradition.   The New York 2020 Outsider Art Fair was...

New York Social Justice Film Festival, 2020

  Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival is a new film festival with the objective of having its audience reflect about inequality, injustice, advocacy and social responsibility. More importantly, the festival program includes films, discussions and other events serves to get audiences involved in actions to promote equality and justice.  From January 16-20, 2020 the festival screened ten feature length documentaries, Q&A discussions with film makers for each production, t...

Programming Documentaries DOC NYC 2019

  Held in New York City each year DOC NYC is the largest documentary festival in North America and has been expanding each year. The tenth annual edition was held from November 6-15  2019 in several downtown venues. Basil Tsiokos serves as the Director of Programming for DOC NYC Claus Mueller is the New York Correspondent for the London-based Claus Mueller:  Do you observe any thematic changes in your  2019 program compared to 2018 ...

New York, DOC NYC 2019

2019 marked the tenth anniversary of DOC NYC. The festival has retained its prominent position as America’s largest documentary film festival. At the IFC Center, the SVA Theatre, and Cinepolis Chelsea, DOC NYC presented more than 300 screenings and events from November 6-15. The program included numerous panels and seminars as well as social events. DOC NYC PRO provided eight full days of training that covered virtually all aspects of documentary film making and included design, fun...

New York Film Festival 2019

Maintaining its importance in the international film festival circuit the New York Film Festival presented more than 150 feature length and short films from 40 countries drawing an audience of nearly 70,00 people at Lincoln Center from September 27 - October 13 at the three venues on 65th street where films were shown.  40 individuals participated in the festival’s Artists and Critics Academy for emerging talent. With talks, seminars and screenings, the extensive program c...

New York: Other Israel Film Festival 2019

There is no other country whose films and television programs are as well represented in the United States as productions from Israel. There are currently more than 60 film festivals in North America with Jewish and Israeli themes. In addition, there are film festivals here which incorporate sidebars with Jewish or Israeli content.   The Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center Manhattan is a leading institution presenting Israeli productions and programs from other countries. Its pr...

New York 2019 Asian-American TV and Film Festival

The annual Asian-American TV & Film Festival’s Golden Oak Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Asian-American TV & Film Alliance on October 28, 2019 at the Symphony Space Theater in Manhattan. The Golden Oak Awards recognize outstanding TV and film works and the extraordinary contributions made by individual talents in the film and television industry both in China and through joint ventures. The award categories ranged from Best Independent Film of the Year, Best Television Program,...

New York: 2019 Margaret Mead Film Festival

Held from October 17-20, the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History, reinforced its preeminent role as the platform for superb documentaries. Productions screened were informed by anthropological and social science underpinnings, an orientation towards contemporary issues, and cogent analysis of problems ranging from political self determination to environmental challenges. The festival, started in 1977, is the longest running annual international documentary fe...

New York Affordable Art Fair, 2019

The global lifestyle art brand, The Affordable Art Fair (AAF), celebrated its 28th anniversary from September 25 – 29 with its acclaimed VIP Private View opening on the first day. Launched in 1999, the Affordable Art Fair brand has achieved amazing success with 13 fairs in 10 cities around the world, including New York, London, Honk Kong, Melbourne, Hamburg, Milan and Singapore. The global AAF fairs have attracted 2.5 million visitors and achieving sales of $587 million to date. &nb...

New York: Tribeca TV Festival 2019

Covering four days from September 12-15 with events including the celebration of the 25th anniversary of FRIENDS with their creators and actors and numerous screenings as well as panels, the third edition of the Tribeca TV Festival drew large audiences to mostly sold out events. The lineup of new series premieres and presentation of the next seasons for established favorites was aimed at an audience which consumes television in many ways. Tribeca TV Festival has become an innovative creativ...

New York: 2019 Asian American International Film Festival

  Held from July 25 – August 3 and presented by Asian Cine Vision in association with Asia Society the 42nd Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is the oldest film festival in The United States that focuses on Asian themes. It included 12 narrative features, 9 documentaries and 67 short films from 19 countries in its 2019 program. Numerous panels, a work-in progress seminar, a screen play reading, and other special events accompanied the screening program. The fe...

New York Asian Film Festival 2019

The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) provides the most comprehensive survey of current productions from East, North, and South Asia. NYAFF 2019 showcased premieres by known and new film makers. NYAFF included directors whose work has never been shown in the United States before. 30 foreign directors and 9 actors participated in Q&A sessions as well as several free seminars sponsored by HBO. The festival was held from June 28 to July 11 at several Lincoln Center venues and from July 11 ...

New York: Japan Cuts 2019

As noted by Sight & Sound, 8 of the top 12 highest rated Asian films of all time have been produced by Japan.  Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai was identified as the greatest foreign language film of all time in a BBC critics poll in 2018. Japan has won four best foreign language Academy Awards, more than any other Asian country. The reputation of Japanese films has been firmly established. There has, however, been a shift in international interest, to Anime productions ...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2019

Generally acknowledged as one of the most important showcases for issue oriented and outstanding documentaries, this festival, in cooperation with Film at Lincoln Center, celebrated 30 years of presenting more than 700 documentaries.  For the 2019 program the New York office screened 500 films of which 40 films were selected for the New York festival as well as for other fests organized by HRW. The New York edition was held from June 13-20 and included 13 recent productions from 2018 and ...

New York: Open Roads 2019

Co-presented by New York’s   Film at Lincoln Center (formerly branded as the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and the Rome based Instituto Luce Cinecitta from June 6-12, in its 19th edition the festival presented 16 feature films produced in 2018 and 2019 and the 1962 classic first film by Bernardo Bertolucci LA COMMARE SECCA.  It was followed by a separate homage from June 14 – 26 to  Ermano Olmi also  presented at the Lincoln Center  by Film at Lincoln ...

New York: 2019 Israel Film Center Festival

Held for the 7th time at Manhattan’s Marlene Myerson Jewish Community Center from June 3-12 this year’s edition continued its celebration of the New Israeli Cinema including a special section with Israeli Television programs. The program consists of eight feature films, an Avi Nesher  retrospective with two of his films, three TV programs,   a special discussion session at  Temple Emanu-El with screening clips from the acclaimed television series SHTISEL, a two da...

New York: Polish Film Festival 2019

Established in 2005 by its director Hanna Kosinska Hartowicz, the New York Polish Film Festival celebrated its 15th edition with eight feature films and four documentaries at the Scandinavia House on New York’s Park Avenue from May 22-24 and June 1-2.  Co-funded  by the Polish Filmmakers Association and the Polish Film Institute and  Polish cultural institutions, the festival continued its past record  of presenting  a  carefully created program of rece...

New York: Frieze 2019

According to Nanne Dekking from TEFAF, the overall market for art and design declined in 2018 by one percent, reflecting a market that is not healthy. There has however been some growth in art selling from $1 million to just under $10 million and $10 million and up, a clear reorientation of the auction market.  For a Citibank art advisor a similar tendency was noted; their clients “sweet spot” has moved over the last two years to between $500,000 and $3 million, a noticeable s...

New York: Pedro Almodovar at the Marlborough gallery

Photographic still lifes by Almodovar are presented for the first time at New York’s Marlborough gallery on 57th street from April 30 – June 29, 2019.  The WAITING FOR THE LIGHT exhibition with 25 digital prints of which 17 were displayed reflects a new chapter in the two-time Oscar winning film director’s artistic life.  It is his first exploration of photography focusing on everyday objects; flowers and glass ware from his home create still lifes which are ac...

New York: 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

Held for 12 days from April 24 – May 5 in six locations and the central Tribeca Festival Hub on Varick Street, the 2019 festival attracted more than 146,000 people. The fest featured 618 screenings and talks as well as the Virtual Arcade, the Tribeca Cinema 360, Tribeca TV and other special selections. The program presented 111 features, 53 shorts, 33 immersive story telling projects and 21 N.O.W., New Online Work, from 44 countries.  The films were selected from 9,304 submissi...

New York: Fletcher Benton at the Yares Art Gallery

Born and raised in an iron producing area of Jackson, Ohio in 1931, Fletcher Benton’s eclectic formative years included military service, time as a sign painter, studies in painting and fine art at Miami University, as well as teaching and exploring modes of visual presentations. He first gained recognition for his unique kinetic work.  After shifting his focus on bronze and steel sculptures which are now included in numerous American and European collect...

New York: New Directors New Films 2019

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center held the 48th edition of New Directors New Films from March 27 – April 7. The program included 35 feature and short films from 29 countries with numerous premiers and debuts by first time feature film directors. It is significant that New Directors New Films does not build its program from submissions. The six members of the MoMA feature film committee and the Film Society select  films from the large num...

New York Affordable Art Fair 2019

New York: Affordable Art Fair, Spring 2019  There is a growing fascination in in art created outside the boundaries of established pathways; works of art that can be classified as ordinary art, outsider art or art brut. This art is often shaped by individuals who have no formal training and innovate through their intuition. Personal taste and spontaneity are their only guides. A relatively large number of these works were part of the spring 2019 Affordable Art Fair and with some pieces p...

2019 New York Indian Film Festival Preview

The annual New York Indian Film Festival, North America’s longest-running Indian Film Festival, now in its 19th edition, will be held from May 7-12. NYIFF will premiere the latest feature films, documentaries and shorts from India including award winning releases and showcases for numerous regional movies with a special emphasis on films from Bengal, which account for 9 of the 19 regional productions.  Three feature length docum...


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