Film Archive

149th and Grand Concourse

Animadoc
USA
2016
3 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Andy London
Andy London, Carolyn London
Terri Ridout, Andy London
Andy London, Terri Ridout, Kay Xia
Terri Ridout, Andy London
Quinten Diego
The subway station is going crazy. The call box wants to bring about world peace like the Dalai Lama, the construction area light is heartbroken and the newspaper vending machines belt out a hit song from the eighties. A street filled with rhythm and passion.

Kim Busch
Disobedient Images 2016
Billy’s Balloon Don Hertzfeldt

A child beams with joy at his balloon. Not for long, because the round red friend on the line has some mean ideas of his own about how to play with the little cutie. Don Hertzfeldt’s classic of black humoured drawn animation.

Billy’s Balloon

Animated Film
USA
1998
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Bitter Films
Don Hertzfeldt
Rebecca Moline
Don Hertzfeldt
Don Hertzfeldt
Don Hertzfeldt
A child beams with joy at his balloon. Not for long, because the round red friend on the line has some mean ideas of his own about how to play with the little cutie. Don Hertzfeldt’s classic of black humoured drawn animation.

Ines Seifert
Disobedient Images 2016
Bobby Bumps’ Last Smoke Earl Hurd

Even in its rebellious youth, cartoon already tested its boundaries and freedom. In 1919, Earl Hurd drew the serial character Bobby Bumps and his dog Fido.

Bobby Bumps’ Last Smoke

Animated Film
USA
1919
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English Captions

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J.R. Bray Studios
Earl Hurd
Earl Hurd
Earl Hurd
Even in its rebellious youth, cartoon already tested its boundaries and freedom. In 1919, Earl Hurd drew the serial character Bobby Bumps and his dog Fido. He lights a cigarette for the underage boy who promptly flies to the land of dreams in a cloud. “Gee, we’re in Turkey!” Mr. Hurd, what exactly was in that tobacco?

Ines Seifert

Datamosh

Animated Film
USA
2011
5 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Max Barbaria
Yung Jake
Yung Jake
Yung Jake
Yung Jake
Yung Jake
Yung Jake
Cool, hip, nerrrdyyyyy … and brilliantly funny. Yung Jake nonchalantly raps his way through the online visual world of the digital youth, contaminating pretty boy Justin Bieber with a virus-like pixel infestation, celebrating hip-hop stereotypes with data errors. “I’m on my datamosh. Glitched out swag.”

Ines Seifert
Disobedient Images 2016
Decasia Bill Morrison

Archives are tirelessly fighting against the age-related decay of film stock. Chemical processes produce blisters and crystal carpets in the emulsion.

Decasia

Animated Film
USA
2002
67 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Bill Morrison
Bill Morrison
Michael Gordon
Bill Morrison
Bill Morrison
Archives are tirelessly fighting against the age-related decay of film stock. Chemical processes produce blisters and crystal carpets in the emulsion. The ephemeral beauty of decay has become the subject of art – as the analogue’s aesthetic resistance in the age of digitisation. Bill Morrison’s masterpiece “Decasia” portrays the special nature of that thing called film. His touching, ingenious composition interweaves sequences from the early days of documentary and fictional cinema in which the damaged spots enchant and at the same time comment on the images. Michael Gordon’s music shifts between serial and No Wave Drone and supplies the speeding train on which the damaged images race across the screen once more.

André Eckardt
International Programme 2016
Do Not Resist Craig Atkinson

A country on its way to becoming a police state: a journey through the US featuring astonishing material about the military industrial complex that’s behind the shootings of black people.

Do Not Resist

Documentary Film
USA
2016
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Laura Hartrick
Craig Atkinson
Grayson Sanders
Craig Atkinson
Craig Atkinson, Laura Hartrick
Scott Weber
Those were the days, when Hollywood allowed the world to laugh at American police recruits who stared at their guns as if they were flat irons! Of course reality was never like “Police Academy”. Today, however, regular police operations occasionally resemble cinema plots – of war movies. “Do Not Resist” opens with apocalyptic images from Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting of the 18-year-old African-American Mike Brown in August 2014 was followed by protests against police violence. In the heat of the night heavily armed policemen advance, guns ready, accompanied by an armoured car. What exactly is their mission here? And who protects the rights of the citizens?

Starting in Ferguson director Craig Atkinson embarks on an investigative journey through the U.S. to explore the police methods of tomorrow and finds a lively debate about militarisation and becoming a police state. It’s true: councillors in communities with non-existent crime rates decide to buy armoured cars. Ideologists like police trainer Dave Grossman cite the frontier metaphor and the good-versus-evil formula. Windows are smashed at random in police operations against a few grams of grass. And criminologists examine the technical potentials of early recognition of criminals. The slogan “Yes We Can” acquires a whole new meaning.

Lars Meyer
Disobedient Images 2016
Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure anonymous

“Climax Fables presents” the fantasy world of an unknown artist from the Roaring Twenties. Eveready Harton has adventures with wife, rival and pet.

Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure

Animated Film
USA
1928
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English Captions

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anonymous
“Climax Fables presents” the fantasy world of an unknown artist from the Roaring Twenties. Eveready Harton has adventures with wife, rival and pet. It’s astounding what his John Thomas is up to … One of the oldest pornographic animations, produced anonymously in three renowned New York animation studios.

Ines Seifert
German Competition 2016
Furusato Thorsten Trimpop

Radioactivity is invisible – but omnipresent around Fukushima. An activist fighting a losing battle, a Tepco engineer and a young horse breeder between normality and shock.

Furusato

Documentary Film
Germany,
USA
2016
94 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Tobias Büchner
Thorsten Trimpop
Benedikt Schiefer
Thorsten Trimpop
Stefan Oliveira-Pita, Daniel Mooney
Thorsten Trimpop
Björn Wiese
Radioactivity is invisible. And yet there is a fine black dust all around Fukushima that makes the Geiger counters go crazy. Men in white hazard suits comb the landscape to scratch it meticulously from the roadsides and fill it into small bags. Passers-by stop, worried. They had hoped to take up their former lives again. One by one not only the birds are returning to the town of Minamisōma, but the people, too. But the nuclear accident is a crack running through biographies and traditions, separating the old people who feared less for themselves than for their children from the next generations. All those who return must ask themselves daily what price they’re willing to pay for it. But while animals are perishing by the roadside, the new (old) ideology that home is more important than security is seeping into many people again.

“Furusato” takes an ancient cultural landscape as a framework to unfold the visually monumental panorama of a place where normality and shock are at war years after the accident. Its protagonists are, among others, an activist who wants to prevent a public children’s run, a proud young horse breeder who is determined to continue her family’s tradition, and a former Tepco security engineer. All of them have one thing in common: the human factor.

Lars Meyer



Golden Dove German Competition 2016;
Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Goethe-Institute Documentary Film Prize 2016

International Programme 2016
I, Destini Nicholas Pilarski, Destini Riley

Destini’s brother is young and black, like countless other often innocent prison inmates in the U.S. All the words and lines of this story made up of 10,000 single frames speak of both a distressing individual fate and active solidarity.

2016

I, Destini

Animadoc
USA
2016
14 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Nicholas Pilarski, Kathleen Lingo, Sarah Bassett, Lattina Lennon Riley, Lindsay Course
Nicholas Pilarski, Destini Riley
Markus Popp, Lucky Dragons, Nicholas Pilarski
Nicholas Pilarski, Destini Riley
Nicholas Pilarski
Destini Riley, Nicholas Pilarski, Sarah Bassett, Anabela Turlione, Isaac Sagastume, Kamil Adamski
Destini Riley
Nicholas Pilarski
Destini’s brother is young and black, like countless other often innocent prison inmates in the U.S. All the words and lines of this story made up of 10,000 single frames speak of both a distressing individual fate and active solidarity. Destini Riley’s artistic way of coping with grief is also an attempt to fight the prison sentence. The film was made before “Black Lives Matter” became a nationwide movement, as a collaborative effort of 13-year-old Destini and the director.

Nadja Rademacher
We Are Hip Hop 2016
MissMe: The Artful Vandal Mohammad Gorjestani

Refusing to be tamed, rejecting the “fancy job” in the art world and taking on the big advertising agencies? MissMe shows us how to do it.

MissMe: The Artful Vandal

Documentary Film
USA
2015
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Taylor Feltner, Malcolm Pullinger
Mohammad Gorjestani
Heavy Duty Projects, Marmoset
Noe Chavez
Malcolm Pullinger
Joel Raabe
Refusing to be tamed, rejecting the “fancy job” in the art world and taking on the big advertising agencies? MissMe shows us how to do it. Her street art also casually sweeps away female stereotypes and shows us what beauty can, even must be. “Who run the world? Girls!”

Kim Busch
Disobedient Images 2016
Negative Man Cathy Joritz

Film was long considered a medium of mass education in which talking heads explained the world. Cathy Joritz gleefully scratches the surface of these claims of authority, etching playful visual comments into the emulsion.

Negative Man

Animated Film
USA,
FRG
1985
3 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Cathy Joritz
Cathy Joritz
Cathy Joritz
Cathy Joritz
Cathy Joritz
Cathy Joritz
Film was long considered a medium of mass education in which talking heads explained the world. Cathy Joritz gleefully scratches the surface of these claims of authority, etching playful visual comments into the emulsion. And so the film professor suddenly grows pig’s ears.

Ines Seifert

Pickle

Animadoc
USA
2015
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Amy Nicholson
Amy Nicholson
Joel Shelton, Tim Schadt
Jerry Risius
John Young
Brothers McLeod
Amy Nicholson
Jose Araujo, Weston Fonger
Pets are only human, too. Debbie and Tom own a farm and have the biggest hearts for abused creatures one can imagine. They have given shelter to hundreds of animals – from cross-eyed Siamese cats to disabled opossums to the Pickle of the title, a poor little fish that became a nursing case and for whom they finally crafted a comfortable sponge corset. A heartbreaking animadoc mini-drama about the tragedy of being.

Ralph Eue
Disobedient Images 2016
Removed Naomi Uman

A film of unfulfilled dreams. Naomi Uman removed the objects of desire from a 1970s porn movie. Using nail polish remover and bleach, she made the women’s bodies invisible, frame by frame. What’s left is a phantom.

Removed

Animated Film
Mexico,
USA
1999
7 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Naomi Uman
Naomi Uman
Naomi Uman
Naomi Uman
A film of unfulfilled dreams. Naomi Uman removed the objects of desire from a 1970s porn movie. Using nail polish remover and bleach, she made the women’s bodies invisible, frame by frame. What’s left is a phantom. The upstanding Romeos grasp nothing but emptiness and are left alone with their manhood.

Ines Seifert
We Are Hip Hop 2016
The Boombox Collection: Boots Riley Mohammad Gorjestani

“I got love for the underdog.” Boots Riley is not a capitalist for he knows the seamy side of the land of opportunity.

The Boombox Collection: Boots Riley

Documentary Film
USA
2015
10 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Malcolm Pullinger, Mohammad Gorjestani
Mohammad Gorjestani
The Coup
Michael Gioulakis
Malcolm Pullinger
“I got love for the underdog.” Boots Riley is not a capitalist for he knows the seamy side of the land of opportunity. Class struggle is what drives his art, not selling out, fame or fortune. Hip-hop is the boombox for his political vision.

Kim Busch

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Documentary Film
Canada,
USA
2016
87 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Brett Story
Brett Story
Olivier Alary
Maya Bankovic
Avril Jacobson
Brett Story
Simon Gervais, Ian Reynolds
One of the pre-eminent characteristics of film and cinema is that they allow us a direct experience of universally visible phenomena of reality. “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” takes this one step further: the film is searching the mundane social environment for traces of an institution of American life that was carefully banished from people’s sights and minds and, by doing this, brings them back before our eyes and minds.

Statistically speaking, more people are detained in US prisons today than at any other time or in any other place in human history. Brett Story’s film is an ingenious documentary investigation into the American prison system across the States. Though we hardly ever see even the silhouette of a real penitentiary, we get a tangible sense of how much these places, which have been pushed out of sight, and their inmates are part of everyday life and at the same time an indispensable economic factor.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2016
We Are Made of Bone Olivia Ebertz

Nowhere else is death celebrated as joyfully and in such baroque fashion as in Mexico. It’s the same in the New York borough of Queens, where migrants celebrate the annual Day of the Death.

We Are Made of Bone

Documentary Film
USA
2016
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Olivia Ebertz
Olivia Ebertz
Olivia Ebertz
Olivia Ebertz
Gonzalo Espinoza
Nowhere else is death celebrated as joyfully and in such baroque fashion as in Mexico. It’s the same in the New York borough of Queens, where migrants celebrate the annual Day of the Death with lots of tinsel, holy water and lovingly decorated skeletons. The Day of the Death makes the living feel they belong to a vibrant community that sticks together even in a foreign land, where – at least that’s what they believe – the dead followed them.

Cornelia Klauß