Muriel Peters is a New York - based film producer and executive. She is currently developing two feature film projects. “The Diplomat’s Wife”, an original story about an American diplomatic couple in India in the early ‘60’s, which was originally commissioned by American Playhouse with a script written by Girish Karnad and Muriel Peters. The second film, “The Hidden Force” is based on a Dutch classic novel by Louis Couperus. It is set in turn-of-the-century Java. It deals with a Dutch colonial Administrator’s discovery of the hidden forces of Java on many levels (mystical, political and emotional). Its screenplay is by Tim Rose Price.
Her earlier projects include: "The Only Real Game" a documentary about baseball in Manipur and “Listening to Volcanoes” , a documentary shot in Indonesia in 1990-91 for PBS and BBC, with Madhur Jaffrey as presenter; “Inner Space to Outer Space”, a trilogy of films on Indonesia; “Asia Stage Center”, a television series bringing together Asian and Western performing artists; “The Revenge of Two Sons”, a video on the Court Dance of Okinawa; “Manifestations of Shiva”, a documentary feature for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Asia Society and PBS; “What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Old?" With DCA Productions; “The Eye of the Storm", a documentary for ABC News, winner of 1970 Peabody Award and many other awards; “The Day Before Tomorrow”, for Newsweek Magazine; “The Guru”, a Merchant Ivory feature shot in India for 20th Century Fox, starring Michael York and Utpal Dutt; and “Africa”, a four-hour documentary for ABC which was the 1967 winner of the Peabody Award.
Ms. Peters was Director of the Film and Broadcasting Department of the Asia Society in New York from 1977-82, during which time she was Director of “Film India” (a major retrospective of films from India, jointly with MOMA), of “Films from Korea” and of “Cinema Indonesia”, a traveling festival in the United States. She was also Executive in charge of Film and Broadcasting for the Indo-US Subcommission on Education and Culture from 1976-83, and subsequently consultant to that organization. She served as a consulting producer to the ASDA Foundation in 1984. She started her film career in the story department of Paramount Films. Prior to that she was Managing Editor of Art News Annual in New York. She has written for numerous art magazines and has acted as a consultant on Oriental Art.
Ms. Peters received a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University, and a B. Litt in Oriental Art from Oxford University. Her dissertation was on the Elephanta Caves of India.
**Also known as Muriel Neff
Editor & Writer
1959: Editor, Museum News, monthly publication of the American Association of Museums at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (as Muriel Neff)
1954-60: Consultant on Oriental art to museums, collectors and publishers
1984-87: Executive Producer, “Inner Space to Outer Space”, trilogy of films on Indonesia.
1977-83: Executive in charge of film and broadcasting activities, Indo-U.S. Subcommission on Education and Culture.
1977-82: Director, Film and Broadcasting Department, The Asia Society, New York.
1982-83: Director, “Cinema Indonesia”, a festival of Indonesian films in the United States.
1982: Director, “Films from Korea”, presentation of Korean films to honor the USA-Korea Centennial of diplomatic relations. Muriel Peters was honored with the “Korea-USA Centennial Program Committee” award on May 22, 1982.
1981: Co-Director, “Film India”, a major retrospective of Indian cinema, in three parts. Part 1: “Satyajit Ray” --- Part 2: “Historical Retrospective” --- Part 3: “Contemporary Cinema”. Presented in New York and eight cities by The Asia Society, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Directorate of Film Festivals, New Delhi. Co-Directors: Muriel Peters, Adrienne Mancia (MOMA) and Erik Barnouw (Library of Congress).
1969: Associate Producer, “The Day Before Tomorrow”, a half-hour film for Newsweek Magazine, VPI Films.
1965-66: Story Department, Paramount Films, New York.
1999: Producer, "Out of the Blue" by William Benton.
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