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January 28, 2023

Film scholar Amos Vogel dies

New York Film Festival co-founder Amos Vogel died Tuesday, April 24, in New York at 91, variety.com informs. Vogel founded the avant-garde film club Cinema 16 in New York with his wife Marcia in 1947 and wrote the 1974 bestseller “Film as a Subversive Art.” He and Richard Roud founded the New York Film Festival in 1963, with Vogel serving as program director of the event until 1968. The success of Cinema 16 is hard to imagine today. Operating until 1963, it had, at its height, 7,000 members. Its focus was on experiment and documentary efforts rather than narrative art films. A champion of international and independent cinema, Vogel was a film consultant to Grove Press and National Educational Television and a program director of the National Public Television Conference. He also served as chairman of the American Selection Committee for the Cannes, Moscow, Berlin and Venice film festivals. Vogel was born in Vienna as Amos Vogelbaum and fled Austria with his parents in 1938. He studied animal husbandry at the U. of Georgia and later graduated from the New School for Social Research. Vogel appeared in Martina Kudlacek’s 2003 documentary “In the Mirror of Maya Deren,” about the filmmaker whose work he championed at Cinema 16.

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