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o-1 secured for director, screenwriter, and technology entrepreneur

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed to secure O-1 classification for Tobias Weber. Mr. Weber is a Swiss film director, screenwriter and technology entrepreneur.  

Tobias Weber is best known for directing the interactive feature film Late Shift (2016), for which he won the BAFTA Cymru award. He is the founder of participative motion picture technology company CtrlMovie AG and Los Angeles based production company Kino Industries. He shot an interactive proof of concept film in 2013 and set up interactive movie technology company CtrlMovie AG the year after. In 2015 he shot LATE SHIFT in London, the interactive feature-length film that he wrote together with Michael Robert Johnson. The film was first released in 2016 at the Cannes Film Festival (Next), travelled on to festivals such as the New York Film Festival, Raindance and the Locarno International Film Festival and won multiple awards including a BAFTA Cymru award. The CtrlMovie technology was subsequently adopted by Hollywood studios such as Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Studios and Amblin Partners.

Wildes & Weinberg was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner, Leon Wildes.  Nearly three quarters of a century later, the firm continues to concentrate its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International firms, banks, industrial, financial, and manufacturing concerns, as well as law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.

In addition, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, and literary agents. Most notable was Leon Wildes’ successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his artist wife, Yoko Ono in their deportation proceedings, the basis of which has inspired legislation, and has been portrayed in films, plays, and literary works worldwide.  Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (z”l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Michael Wildes, the firm’s Managing Partner, is also currently serving his fourth term as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey,  is the author of
Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (which draws on over a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field),  is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, and serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and several international/corporate law firms.

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, the firm has maintained an extraordinary track record for success in its cases. The firm’s litigation group has expanded its efforts in filing Mandamus Actions and other Actions in Federal Courts throughout the nation.

In addition, Wildes & Weinberg’s multilingual staff is spread throughout its offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and by appointment only in Los Angeles, California and Tel Aviv, Israel, and are known for their experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism.

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