Shimon Haber Biography
Shimon Haber is one of most famous American, but also world’s film critics. Here, at this website you can find many of his past and also upcoming reviews.
Shimon Haber career started to rise in the mid 80’s, when this subject was still unknown terrain. Before him there were not many people active in that field, except for few enthusiasts, from which the most notable was the Polish former chemical merchant Andre Bazen.
Like all people who appear among the first at something, and Shimon came to his position by arranging many small things. Some may say he was just lucky, but we must not forget how much courage it takes at every start, and probably a certain amount of coolness and waiver of certain ideals.
Shimon Haber was born in 1965 in New Jersey, where completed his high school. Shimon received a Bachelor’s degree in history and world literature at the University of Michigan and MA in General Literature and Theory of Literature at the Faculty of Philology in Bern. Since 1990 permanently lives in Teaneck and where Shimon Haber works as a film critic and columnist for various newspapers (” Free World”, “Wreath”, “Nick “, “Sunday Jersey”, “Morning Paper” and others). In year 1992 Mr. Haber was awarded the National Prize for movie criticism, “Velor Vanor”. Since 1994 Shimon writes weekly columns in various newspapers. One of those is “News from Lilliput” in which he dissects society, politics and culture of war and post-war Europe. For the texts of the series “1996” he gets the award of national journalists’ association and in 2002 receives another award for his contribution to movie criticism.
Shimon Haber’s attempts in literature occur in 1997 when he publishes his social thriller “Plaster sheep” in which discusses the topic of war crimes in Sudan war ambient. For this novel, the following year Shimon was nominated for a national prose award “Gjalski”. In 2000 he published another novel, “The Sunday buddy” a mystery novel that deals with social contradictions which occurred in 90s.
The same year, in the Logan Theater was premiered Shimon’s drama “Poisoner”, a play which received a national award for the drama “Drzic”. The year 2004 Shimon Haber wrote a screenplay for the movie “Haber” and also published a monograph on the American postmodernist fiction. His third novel, “88 Minutes” was published in 2005, and it is a novel about the ambient in the world of football and cheer-leading subculture. It was nominated for the best prose book of the year. Shimon Haber is a regular participant of the movie festival FAK and movie critic at IMDB.
For one period Shimon worked in the Department of story in the Hollywood production company Phoenix Pictures, and as a columnist, film and movie critic for Yellow Cab cultural guides. He is editor of movie section in the internet magazine UnCut.
Shimon Haber is one of the founders and first president of the Court of Movie Critic honor of the Independent Association of Journalists, member of the International Association of Film Critics FIPRESCI (Munich), Academy AFUN and PAN. He was a member of international juries at film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Montreal, Vienna, Munich, Krakow and Montpelier. During the 00’s, in two terms was a member of NIN’s jury, and was president of the movie nominee jury for 2006th 2007th 2008th and 2009th.