A conversation with Simone Stewens: 20 years of ifs

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)


AMOR FATI — ifs film of the week on vimeo

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 🙂


Funding for Homeshoppers’ Paradise!

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!

MiA. with a dot

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!

Remembering Lisa Martinek

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.

Schwester Weiß on ARD Television

On wednes­day night, July the 3rd at 0:35am my film SCHWESTER WEISS will be shown once again on ger­man Tele­vi­sion. This time in state broad­cast­er ARD first channel’s  year­ly selec­tion of first and sec­ond fea­tures.

It is an hon­our to be part of this round of won­der­ful films!

(Also, after Film­fest Dresden’s poster, this is the sec­ond colour­ful but­ter­fly logo I’m con­nect­ed with.)

Tutorial in Dresden

13 years after my stu­dent film Amor Fati won an audi­ence award in Dres­den, I’m proud to be back with my music video Tuto­r­i­al (Erd­mö­bel) which was select­ed for the nation­al com­pe­ti­tion (pro­gramme 1) from April 9th to 14th . These are the dates:

If you’re around, click on the image for tick­ets or here. I’ll be there for all screen­ings but the one on fri­day.