Haas, Philip: Director Career; Filmography

Philip Haas (born 1954) is an American artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, best known for his 2012 sculpture exhibition “The Four Seasons” and his 1995 film Angels and Insects.

He began his career as a documentary filmmaker, directing profiles of unusual artists through the early 1990s with the theme “Magicians of the Earth,” commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris.

His feature films include Angels and Insects, set in Victorian England, which was nominated for an Academy Award and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or.

Up at the Villa, an adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novella, starred Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft and Kristin Scott Thomas.

The Situation, a political thriller set in Iraq, was released in 2006.

The Music of Chance (1993).

In 2008, the Sonnabend Gallery of New York featured a film installation called The Butcher’s Shop, commissioned by the Kimbell Art Museum, in which Haas recreated the space depicted in Annibale Carracci’s 1582 painting of the same name.

In 2010, he expanded this series to include works by Ensor and Tiepolo. His exhibition of film installations at the Kimbell Art Museum, “Butchers, Dragons, Gods and Skeletons,” was listed by TIME magazine as one of the top ten museum shows of 2009.