Andrea Simon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has explored the interaction between politics, culture and religion in a variety of times and places. Praised as both visually striking and intellectually provocative, her films include many museum commissions – from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the National Gallery, the Jewish Museum, the National Museum of Jewish History, the Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien – as well as the wryly subversive ethnographic chronicle KORIAM’S LAW (Grand Prize at Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival), PBS arts specials DESTINATION MOZART: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA WITH PETER SELLARS (Grand Prize, Montreal Festival of Films on Art), and TALES FROM THE SHADOW WORLD, and TALK TO ME: Americans in Conversation, her populist film-essay on American identity, of which critic Todd Gitlin wrote that “The Whitmaniacal spirit has been brought to film by Andrea Simon. This America sings." FAYUM PORTRAITS, with original music by Meredith Monk, considers Egyptian funerary painting as a prism through which to view the death of the antique world. First Prize Fine Arts, American Film Festival; First Prize Arts, Int’l. Film and TV Festival; Jury Prize, San Francisco
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As Senior Producer of Bloomberg TV’s arts show MUSE, Andrea profiled 110 major artists including Laurie Anderson, Pierre Boulez, Leonrad Cohen, Umberto Eco, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Günter Grass, Alex Katz, Brice Marden, Philip Roth, Kehinde Wiley. She has worked extensively in Berlin and Vienna and is the translator of Robert Musil’s philosophical comedy “The Enthusiasts” (Die Schwärmer, 1922).