For those who have not seen it yet:
this thursday, July 9th 2020 at 15:30, and Sunday morning, July 19th at 9:30 (CET) arte tv will replay my film Schwester Weiß with the miracoulous Lisa Martinek. Thank you.
The film will also be available for free from thurdays her on arte online.
It’s a german copy without english subtitles. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to see it with subs.
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
A different kind of success note :
The web series Beauty 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.
Find the video here (in German only, unfortunately)
Some nostalgic news: My former filmschool ifs in Cologne, where I was lucky enough to study in their very first directors’ programme, is turning 20!
To celebrate the occasion they stream a film a week from two decades of ifs films. First in line is my graduation film AMOR FATI from 2005, which I co-wrote with producer Melanie Andernach and shot under adventurous cicumstances in Cologne and Montenegro. I’ll tell you all about it one day with a beer or a glas of slivovic 🙂
After three years of script development the regional film fund MFG Baden-Württemberg announced its support for Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye’s first feature HOMESHOPPER’S PARADISE!
Our team — first of all Nancy, as well as Stefanie Groß (commissioning editor SWR television) Pascal Nothdurft (producer, Ziegler Film Baden Baden) Toks Körner (script advisor) and myself (co-writer) are over the moon!
Shooting is scheduled for next year — as a green flagship-production, conserving natural resources! Nice!
After 5 years, german Band MiA. will soon release their new Album and “Kopfüber” is its first single, which was released today. I had the pleasure to direct the music video to this fab song. Great work in Black Box Music Halls Berlin with john management, Sony/Four Music, Levin Hübner from Hübner/Wallenfels, Andreas Köhler, Marc Bitz, Jana Schneider, Silke Zeitz and many other wonderfull people!
Sometimes things just happen quickly. From the day before yesterday I am professor for film and television with the focus on directing at Macromedia, university of applied sciences in Cologne. I will be teaching in both german and english. Semester starts October 1st.
So much to do, let’s get it done.
Lisa Martinek has died. I adored working with her and would have loved to get another chance at it. My deepest condolences to her family. Rest in peace, Lisa.
German broadcaster ARD will be streaming our feature SCHWESTER WEISS until october 22nd (Germany only).
And here is a link to our music video TUTORIAL (english subtitles) and its interactive version TUTORIAL INTERAKTIV (german only) for which she stopped by one morning in Berlin to endow us with her most graceful tears. Unflappable, professional and warm. Thank you.