Film- und Medienstiftung NRW supports the development of FIVESONGSFORTHEPATRIARCHY — Spanning from the mythological beginnings of patriarchy till a fictional dystopian end, FIVESONGS is an anthology film that asks if our men-built civilisation is the best humanity has to offer. Developed with Fiction Park and LavaLabs, the project aims to make creative use of the newes possiilities in virtual production.
Every year, my “band of neigbours” ERDMÖBEL releases a song for christmas season. In the year of Corona the song turned out pretty melancholic — a mood I feel quite comfortable with. I’m really hapy with the video — with Felix Brückner on camera and Til Strobl from Butterfilm on VFX on location in the truly special art space Raum13.
Ulrich Laven invited me to his Mastercut podcast, an invitation I gladly accepted. Shot on what must have been the hottest day this summer, our detialed conversation will now be put online in several episodes.
In German only, I’m afraid.
Five years ago, Ali escaped his home town Besançon for being gay. But his mother’s stroke makes him come back again , hoping for a peaceful reunification and a fast journey back to Paris. In Cooperation with DEMASK, LSVD e. V. and rubicon e. V.
One of the first student graduation film projects I tutor in my new role as film & tv professor has been awarded with a production fund! Congratulations and thank you Film und Medienstiftung NRW!
„Briefe an den Sohn (letters to the son)“, Director: Mats Willems, Macromedia university of applied sciences
His son’s death has thrown Frieder off course. His spends his days in inaccessible solitude and with endess bottles of red wine. His last remaining friend is a fish in lake of Lagke Maggiore. But after even the fish disappears, Frieder sets out to write letters to his son, experience a miracle and finally find his peace. The screenplay for the 20min film was wirtten by director Mats Willems who completes his bachelor studies at the cologne campus of Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, as well as the film’s producers Calvin Castenow and Moritz Bastian. Funded with: 20.000 Euros
The web seriesBeauty Summer School by the PR-Agency komm.passion for Klier Hair Group, which I had the honour to direct last summer in croatia won two awards at the International German PR-Awards in the categories „employer branding“ and „moving image“. All that hard work under the hot croatian sun payed off after all!
So the Band Erdmöbel and Ihad this on-the-spot idea to make a new music video during these strange days of isolation. We asked a few friends how they would be partying at home. About 70 homemade videos were the basis for my contribution the this new Corona-Splitscreen culture of ours. So here it is: Party Deines Lebens (Party of Your Life)!
This month, Simone Stewens is leaving her position as chief and creative executive director of my Alma Mater, the international filmshool Cologne, which I attended back in the days as one of her first students in film directing — and which is turning 20 this year.
I had the privilege to talk with Simone about early beginnings of what is today considered to be one of the leading filmschools in Germany. We talked about goals and milestones and about what was always most important to her both in training filmmakers, as well as in film in general.