About Noir City: Kansas City



The Film Noir Foundation

The Film Noir Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement.

It is our mission to find and preserve films in danger of being lost or irreparably damaged, and to ensure that high quality prints of these classic films remain in circulation for theatrical exhibition to future generations.

That's the high-toned legalese. Here are the facts: Even as the high-tech revolution lets us own vast film libraries on DVD, the risk grows greater all the time that 35mm prints of some films will fall into disuse and eventually disintegrate—especially lesser-known titles that have slipped through the cultural cracks, but are worthy of rediscovery.




Eddie Muller

Founder and President, Film Noir Foundation
Producer/host, NOIR CITY
Network presenter, Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Author, non-fiction – Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir; Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir; and The Art of Noir: Posters and Graphics from the Classic Film Noir Era
Author, fiction – The Distance, Shadow Boxer
Director, The Grand Inquisitor (2008), film based on a short story by Eddie Muller
Playwright, Fear Over Frisco (2011), a trio of noir horror plays

Eddie Muller is a contemporary renaissance man. He writes novels, biographies, movie histories, plays, short stories and films. He also programs film festivals, curates museums, designs books, and provides commentary for television, radio, and DVDs. He has twice been named a San Francisco Literary Laureate, and his expertise in dark subject matter – both in fiction and film – has earned him the title “Czar of Noir”.

His debut novel, The Distance, earned the coveted Best First Novel Award from the Private Eye Writers of America; he’s also a two-time Edgar Award nominee from the Mystery Writers of America, and the author of three venerable studies of film noir – Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir; Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir; and The Art of Noir: Posters and Graphics from the Classic Film Noir Era. Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, which he co-wrote with the actor, was a national bestseller. Muller has his own imprint in France, “The Art of Noir” which to date has released lavishly illustrated book-and-DVD volumes on The Prowler, Woman on the Run, and Gun Crazy. Muller’s own Black Pool Productions, founded in 2013, is his latest multi-media project; its initial offering being the first English language publication of Goodis: A Life in Black and White, French journalist Philippe Garnier’s legendary biography of the mysterious author.

Muller is internationally known as the producer and host of NOIR CITY: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival, the largest retrospective of noir films in the world, which now has satellite festivals in seven other U.S. cities (Austin, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.). As founder and president of the non-profit Film Noir Foundation, Muller has been instrumental in rescuing America’s noir heritage, which to date has included restoring and preserving (with the UCLA Film & Television Archive) such nearly lost classics as The Prowler, Cry Danger, Try and Get Me!, and Too Late for Tears. He has presented a month-long 40-film noir series at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, and regularly presents a series of rare noir films at the annual Grand Lyon Film Festival at France’s prestigious Institut Lumière.

As a theatrical director, Muller staged the first U.S. production of Noël Coward’s one-act The Better Half, and his original three-play horror-noir spectacle Fear Over Frisco was presented by the Grand Guignol company Thrillpeddlers. Muller’s 20-minute film, The Grand Inquisitor, starring veteran Hollywood actress and blacklistee Marsha Hunt, played the international film festival circuit.

In early 2014, Muller agreed to a multi-year non-exclusive contract with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) to serve as one of the network’s regular presenters of classic cinema. He programmed and hosted the network’s “Summer of Darkness,” a nine-day marathon of film noir, in June-July, 2015.