ABOUT MUSE

 

MISSION

Based in New York City, MUSE Film and Television is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company that uses film and digital media to create quality documentaries on the visual arts and culture.  MUSE initiates projects, manages their production and distribution, and disseminates them to the broadest possible audience.

MUSE’s mission is 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 seek to enhance the art experience. 

Behind the scenes of our upcoming film on the artist Wangechi Mutu

Behind the scenes of our upcoming film on the artist Wangechi Mutu

HISTORY

Founded in 1992 by Karl Katz, MUSE brings an experienced network of talent to the production and distribution of documentaries and educational programs.  Katz is 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.  MUSE annually puts on the only film festival in New York City dedicated to films on art.  Partnering with the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), these films fall into three categories:  architecture films (screened at the Center for Architecture), performing arts films (screened at Lincoln Center’s Public Library for the Performing Arts), and visual arts films (various venues).

Distribution.  MUSE has compiled and made available quality films on art.  These films are available for sale as DVDs, video-on-demand and downloads.  Online study guides for many of the films are available for free download.

Fiscal Sponsorships.  MUSE is able to act as a fiscal agent to independent filmmakers who are making films related to the arts and in need of a non-profit sponsor.   A small percentage fee is charged for this service.