After a quarter century of producing quality films on art, MUSE is winding down. We have had a great 25-year run, and there is much to be proud of.
All MUSE assets have been turned over to the non-profit organization IndieCollect (www.indiecollect.org) whose goal is to preserve and archive films. Most importantly, Kino Lorber (www.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.
Based in New York City, MUSE Film and Television, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company, used film and digital media to create quality documentaries on the visual arts and culture.
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 was the former 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 will be soon be available for sale as DVDs, video-on-demand and downloads through Kino Lorber (www.kinolorber.com). Online study guides for many of the films will be available for free download.
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.