Lilo Mangelsdorff, born and raised in Frankfurt/Main, studied pedagogics and finished with diploma, various jobs, among others in adult education, then studied visual communication in Offenbach, focussing on film, with Werner Nekes, experimental short films. Member of the video workshop Bornheim, alternative media work.
After numerous short films from 2000 she did films for cinematic release, among them the essayistic feature film ‚The Bebuquin‘ as well as documentary films on social and cultural topics, among them in 2002 „Damen und Herren ab 65“ (ladies and sirs from 65 onwards), which got the documentary film award of the German film critics and the Jury Award Dance on Camera in New York. Participated in numerous international festivals.
I am a documentary filmmaker and photographer from Berlin, Germany. Since completing my film studies in the US and returning to Germany in 2006, I have been directing and producing independent films and productions commissioned by German television and non-governmental organizations like Greenpeace and the WWF. Community art collaborations are a special interest of mine – projects that challenge the distinction between documentary and art and strengthen local perspectives. Since 2008, I’ve been leading a documentary collaboration with the Mushuau Innu First Nation in Labrador, Canada, and have worked with other communities and groups in India and Germany.
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Philipp Eichholtz is a German film director and screenplay writer. He grew up in a small place near Osnabrück, at age 15 recruited his school buddies to shoot his first short film. His perplexed arts teacher, too much of a coward to discourage the young idealist at an early stage, attested his talent. Piqued by this first success he shot over 20 more short films in the years to follow. In 2005 his 4 minute film „Der letzte Abend“ (the last evening) won the Young Talent Award at the Hamm film festival.
Since 2005 he’s been concentrating on music videos, for Kapelle Petra, Peilomat, The Intersphere, Global Kryner and Da‘ Blechhaufen and others. In 2007 he tried for Deutschen Filmund Fernsehakademie (German Film and TV Academy) Berlin and was turned down. Unable to take a „No“ as such, he took it as challenge and made his first feature length film, before the class he wasn’t part of, would finish their studies.
So the documentary feature „My data and me“ was made with the help of Axel Ranisch and
Hardy Schwetter was made, in 2009 published by Good Movies. In 2010 he adapted Oscar
Wilde’s „The Nightingale and the Rose“, a 30 minute short film, which premiered in 2012 at the 35. Grenzland Filmtagen Selb.
Lovingly supported morally and financially by his granny, why his production company is rightly named „Von Oma gefördert“ (supported by granny), not to be taken for irony.
The current project of the autodidact is a documentary about Jerry Schatzberg, whom he accompanied with a camera for six years. Because he was a bit frustrated about the slow progress of this long term project, he wrote in February 2013 a script about a very different topic: „Liebe mich!“ (Love me!) is the unobtrusive title of the film, which he realized in the same year. This film will have the premiere at the 48th Hofer Filmtage 2014.