After a quarter century of producing quality films on art, MUSE closed its doors in 2018.
All MUSE assets have been turned over to the non-profit organization IndieCollect (indiecollect.org) whose goal is to preserve and archive films. Most importantly, Kino Lorber (kinolorber.com), the highly acclaimed distribution company, has enthusiastically agreed to create the MUSE Library, enabling MUSE's legacy to live on. Additional quality films on art will be added to the collection to strengthen the umbrella overall.
MUSE Film and Television was a non-profit executive production company that used film and digital media to create quality films on visual art and culture. MUSE initiated projects, managed production and distribution, and disseminated films to the broadest possible audience.
MUSE’s mission was based on the belief that the moving image is one of the most important ways to appreciate and understand art. By examining art through historical and cultural contexts, MUSE documentaries sought to enhance the art experience.
MUSE was founded in 1992 by Karl Katz (1929-2017) who previously was Chairman for Special Projects at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the founder and director of the Museum's Office of Film and Television.
OTHER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Film Festival. For many years, MUSE partnered with the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) to annually put on the only film festival in New York City dedicated to films on art and architecture.
Distribution. MUSE compiled and made available quality films on art. These films are available through Kino Lorber (kinolorber.com).
Fiscal Sponsorships. MUSE acted as a fiscal agent to independent filmmakers who were making films related to the arts and in need of a non-profit sponsor.