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Claus Mueller


Claus Mueller is a Film Festival Ambassador to filmfestivals.com

He is based in New York where he covers the festival scene.


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New York: DOC NYC 2018

The largest and probably most prestigious North American documentary film festival was held from November 8-15 in New York City featuring 135 feature-length documentaries, including 42 world premieres, in its program of 312 films. They covered a broad thematic range in 21 sections that included local, regional and global issues, with a strong focus on problems faced by contemporary societies. 2,000 films were submitted to the festival and hundreds more documentaries were screened for possible ...

The Last Resort, 2018

  THE LAST RESORT is a compelling documentary by Dennis Scholl and Kareen Tabsch. The film presents the  photographic work of Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe and  includes backstories about their lives. It is a persuasive study of the Jewish community in Florida’s South Beach. With background documentation and superb use of the extensive visual records of the Jewish community taken during the seventies by Sweet and Monroe in  color and black and white respectively, T...

Invisible Hands, Documentary, 2018

  In a period when politicians openly disregard the truth and the rise of embrace authoritarian rule around the globe constraining public opinion,  important documentaries can have a difficult time overcoming the informational noise and finding their most essential audience while competing with other documentaries’ that cover equally disturbing problems.  INVISIBLE HANDS, a USA production by Shraysi Tandon belongs to the relatively small group of must see 2...

New York: Other Israel Film Festival, 2018

  The 12th annual Other Israel Film Festival was held from November 1-8 at the Manhattan Jewish Community Center (JCC) with additional screenings at three other venues. The JCC is the home of the Carole Zabar Center for film and serves as an essential resource for Israeli films and its expanding film industry supporting the distribution of Jewish and Israeli themed productions. It provides a streaming platform for film and television programs, organizes the Other Israel film festival, an...

New York: Margaret Mead Film Festival 2018

With an excellent reputation among the numerous documentary film festivals in the New York metropolitan area, The Margaret Mead Film Festival, held from October 18-21 at the American Museum of Natural History, delivered once again an outstanding program of 55 productions from 39 countries. There where 18 premieres and numerous special events and performances. The festival received 500 submissions, and including the solicited films reviewed, about 800. Drawing an audience primarily from Manhatt...

New York Film Festival 2018, post script

Held from September 28 – October 14 by the Film Society of Lincoln Center  the New York Film Festival continued to expand in its 49th edition an extensive program covering more themes, filmmaking approaches, and emerging production technologies with each edition.  Over past decades the festival has carved out a significant role as a curator for the most important domestic and international films. NYFF introduced a savvy New York cinephile audience to a film world beyond Hollywo...

New York: Affordable Art Fair, Fall 2018

The proliferation of independent art fairs is creating a small constrained market for young artists. This market has not been impacted by the boon in the international global art market driven by investments which in 2017 generated close to $64 billion, an annual increase of 12%, and is generally considered to be a better investment than stocks, antiques, jewelry or gold.   Four out of five artworks bought at auction go into storage for future sale. Unfortunately, art does not provid...

New York: Tribeca TV Festival 2018

With the rapid expansion of new viewing technologies, specifically the streaming of feature films and series which in the United States now has about 160 million individuals subscribing to Netflix and Amazon Prime and millions more to many other streaming services, television is continuing to enjoy a golden age. Virtually all past and present television programs can now be transmitted. The variety of Television programs and how they can be watched are constantly expanding.  Only a tiny fr...

New York: Asian American International Film Festival

Asian CineVision presented the 41st edition of the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) from July 25 – August 5 at the Village East Cinema and the Asia Society. This  community oriented unique film festival  is the premier with a comprehensive focus on Asian and Asian-American films and selected this year 80 productions from over 14 countries.  The relevance of the festival for the Asian American community is reflected in a record number o...

New York: Japan Cuts 2018

Japan Cuts 2018, the festival of New Japanese Films was held from July 19-29 at New York’s Japan Society having grown into the largest United States event for contemporary Japanese cinema with a selection of 30 films of which most were premiering in North America. The program included 27 feature films, 3 documentaries, classic films, the experimental spotlight and Q&A sessions for most films with 14 guest appearances. The Cut Above award for outstanding performance in film was bestow...

New York Asian Film Festival 2018 - Reflections on China

One of the most popular international film festivals, the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), was held by Subway Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center at Manhattan’s Walter Reade Theater and the SVA theatres from June 29 – July 15. It has retained its prominent position as the leading festival in the United States for popular Asian films. Held now for 17 years NYAFF was started by Subway Cinema to present the most entertaining and strangest movies ranging from blockbuster...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2018

                       Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an independent international organization headquartered in New York with a global staff of more than 400 professionals including 80 researchers and a large number of human rights experts, lawyers, academics and media professionals. Main HRW offices are located in major Western cities but also in Nairobi, Tokyo and Moscow supported by field offices in Eastern Euro...

New York: Panorama Europe 2018

Presented by the Museum of the Moving Image and the Czech Center at the Bohemian National Hall the Panorama Europe Film Festival was held for the tenth time from May 4th to the 31st covering outstanding recent European fiction and documentary productions, with most of them being shown in New York City for the first time. Of the 17 productions shown 14 were made from 2016 – 18.  The films selected included a master piece of filmmaking, the digitally...

New York: Frieze Art Fair 2018

Held from May 2-6 on Randall’s Island with two preview days the 2018 Frieze Art Fair has added in its seventh edition new sections and programs solidifying its position in the international art world. The importance of Frieze is further demonstrated by plans to hold a Frieze Fair in 2019 in Los Angeles. This  reflects the significant share of the international art market that is dominated by buyers from the United States which account for about 42% of t...

New York: Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Documentaries

The Tribeca Film Festival has a well established reputation for presenting outstanding documentaries in its program and excelled again in this year’s edition.  43 feature length documentaries were shown in four sections, the Documentary Competition, Spotlight Documentary, Viewpoints, and Special Screening. Close to half of the documentaries were produced by women film makers and first-time directors, a proportion that also held for narrative, international and U.S. films. ...

New York: Tribeca Film Festival 2018

Known for its cutting-edge demonstrations of new story telling technologies and an outstanding selection of feature length productions in which documentaries often prevail, the 2018 edition of the Tribeca film festival was held from April 18 – 29.  It has greatly expanded its program with new innovative segments since its founding in 2002. In the first edition 1,300 productions were submitted of which 116 films and 36 short films were featured in the program. In 2018 there were...

Kino! 2018

From April 6-12 the  New York based German independent film festival presented its fifth edition with nine features and the next generation’s short film section including five premieres. A non-film component of the program were two episodes of the widely acclaimed German six-part thriller series Bad Banks which has been acquired by numerous countries apparently including the large US streaming site  Hulu. As in past years, Bertelsmann, the huge German media corpo...

Czech Film Marathon 2018

At Manhattan’s Czech Center 12 film masterpieces covering 120 years of Czechoslovak film history were presented in one day long session on March 24th in three screening facilities. The selection of these outstanding films from a country at the center of Europe’s political and cultural cross roads   reflected a compelling record of the principal film makers of one of the oldest European film industries. The Czech film industry was born during the earliest d...

New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival 2018

Though the New York Sephardic community is relatively small its film festival has been staged for the last 21 years presenting programs which promote the broad differentiated culture of  global Sephardic communities, emphasizing their history, tradition and the issues they face. The 2018 edition was held from March 5-15 at New York’s Center for Jewish History with a full schedule of cultural programs as well as feature and short films. The principal sponsor of the fes...

New York: Doc Fortnight 2018

From February 15 to 26 The Museum of Modern Art presented its 17th annual edition of Doc Fortnight with more than 20 documentary feature films and numerous short films. The international program included filmmakers and artist leading post screening discussions. Virtually all documentary features were shown for the first time in New York, including several world premieres. The program carried several productions shown before at major film festivals like Sundance and Berlinale. The selection ref...

The Young Karl Marx

Covering the seven year formative period of Karl Marx before he published The Communist Manifesto with Friederich Engels this documentary style biopic provides a holistic view of young Marx by focusing as much on his family and social life as on the development of his ideas. The roles of the principle protagonists Karl Marx and Friederich Engel are portrayed compellingly by August Diehl and Stefan Konaske respectively. The director, Raoul Pack, could hardly improve on this selection. Vicky Kri...

New York: Jewish Film Festival 2018

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The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center organized the 27th edition of the Jewish Film Festival which is one of the oldest global Jewish film festivals, ranking among the most important ones. Its program presented 37 films including 25 world, U.S. and New York premieres covering a wide spectrum of themes and formats. It showcased documentaries, feature and short films, restored productions and animated films. Topics addressed ranged from minority group issues, bio pic...

New York: Outsider Art Fair

The Outsider Art Fair (OAF) returned for its 26th year from January 18-21 at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion, hosting 63 international exhibitors presenting 60 galleries with works from artists expanding creative boundaries. Nine new exhibitors joined the fair including galleries from Beijing China, Seoul South Korea, and Tokyo Japan expanding the international presence of the fair. The program included presentations on “The Raw and the Cooked” with several multime...

Baron Noir French series presented in 8 parts

The rapid addition of video streaming platforms has considerably expanded program viewing choices accessible to the internet audience. Netflix and Amazon have made a large number of foreign feature films, documentaries and television productions available and foreign series have increasingly become more prominent in their programs which are a mix of acquisitions and sometimes co-productions. Another new feature in the differentiated internet programming scene is subscription video on demand se...

Born in Deir Yassin, Neta Shoshani, Israel, 2016

One of the most important documentaries shown at the November 2017 edition of The Other Israel Film Festival held by the Manhattan JCC [Jewish Community Center] was Born in Deir Yassin by Neta Shoshani.  She introduces her production with text stating the essentials:  April 1948: The Jewish state and army are soon to be established in Palestine. The underground paramilitary organizations – the liberal “Haganah” and the radical “Irgun” and...
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