News from Dec 17, 2009
Thu. dec. 17th 16:00 at Kino Moviemento (Kottbusser Damm 22, Berlin-Kreuzberg, U-Herrmannplatz
The filmmakers Elfi Mikesch and Lilly Grote present selected pieces of
their documentary work and talk about their way of film making
In our next ethnographic film series we will have the honour to have Elfi
Mikesch and Lilly Grote as our guests. Both have made numerous films and
worked on many films as director of photography and sound recordist. Along
their long film career they collected many experiences and shaped their
own film "philosophy".
We will have the chance to talk with them about documentary film making,
about how to research a topic, locations, choosing the appropriate crew,
how to see and how to hear, about how to film in tricky locations and how
coincidence can change a whole project.
We will see scenes and parts of their films as examples about their way of
making films and we will talk about it.
Due to the fact that the films are so rare, most of the films are
not subtitled in English. We apologise for that. Also the discussion will
be in German but it will be translated into English.
Elfi Mikesch is a photographer, director of photography and filmmaker,
born in Austria and living in Berlin since 1964.
She was educated as a photographer and has been making fiction and
documentary films since 1974.
In 1969 she published together with Rosa von Praunheim "Oh muvie" an
"anarchistic history of photography".
While becoming more and more a specialist in the experimental film genre
("Die grausame Frau" 1985") she also filmed and directed documentary films
for German television and arte.
As a director of photography she worked together with filmmakers like
Monica Treut, Rosa von Praunheim, Werner Schröter and Peter Lilienthal.
She taught at dffb; Berlin and is since 1991 member of the akademie der
Künste, Berlin, selection film and media art.
Lilly Grote lives in Berlin. She is an artist and film director for
fiction films and documentaries. She studied painting at the Kassel Art
School (1970-1975) and film at the German Film and Television Academy in
Berlin (dffb 1977-1982).
She founded the production company SO 36 Film together with Ulrike Herdin
Since then she has directed numerous feature and documentary films i.e
"Berlin, Bahnhof Friedrichstraße", "Oranische Tor" (both premiered at
Forum/berlinale) and television co productions ( "Ich bin der Eifelturm",
Stark für's Leben)
She teaches at dffb and works as a sound recordist with filmmakers, like
Rosa von Praunheim, Elfi Mikesch, Gisela von Tuchtenhagen and Heide