DEFA Film Library
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Cinema of East Germany
Director Jörg Foth
Public Events in Massachusetts - September 20-27, 2010
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From September through November 2010, the DEFA Film Library is pleased to host director Jörg Foth as the featured guest in our Artist-In-Residence Program. Foth will follow in the footsteps of other internationally-known filmmakers brought by the DEFA Film Library who have presented their work to North American audiences—including Frank Beyer (Jacob the Liar, Trace of Stones), Andreas Dresen (Silent Country, Changing Skins), Rainer Simon (The Woman and the Stranger, Jadup and Boel) and Wolfgang Kohlhaase (Solo Sunny, Berlin – Schönhauser Corner).
Jörg Foth is an insightful analyst of German society and film history, who is deeply familiar with the works of his generation. Starting in the early 1980s, he actively lobbied for a role for the youngest generation of DEFA filmmakers in East German studio structures, many of whom are represented by films in our WENDE FLICKS series. Mentored by director Ulrich Weiβ (Miraculi), Foth himself later became the mentor of director Peter Welz (Burning Life) and was integral to the creation of the Young Filmmakers Group at DEFA, shortly before the East German film studios were closed. His films include Biology!, one of the only East German films to address ecological issues, and Latest from the Da-Da-R, made in collaboration with the cabaret duo of Mensching and Wenzel and featuring the actress Irm Hermann.
If you would like to invite Jörg Foth to your institution in fall 2010, as part of an Artist-in-Residence program and/or in concert with films from the WENDE FLICKS series, please contact Hiltrud Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supported by: DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin; Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington; Medien Bildungsgesellschaft Babelsberg; DEFA Film Library and German & Scandinavian Studies at UMass Amherst; VSI Media; zenon design and durchblickreisen; Umass Arts Council.
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