Laura Thies – Director (BVR), Producer
Laura Thies was born in Munich and grew up at the Chiemsee where already at the age of five she was standing on stage for the first time. At the age of eighteen she followed her dream of becoming an actress, which lead her directly to New York. During her studies at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and at the New School University she developed a passion for filmmaking. Today she holds a certificate in Musical Theater, in 16mm Film Production and in Screen Writing, a BFA in Musical Theater, a MA in Media Studies, as well as a MA in International Affairs with a concentration in Media and Communication. In 2011 Laura made her feature film directing debut with the American independent film “Surviving Family“. The movie premiered in August 2012 and so far has received 25 distinctions, eleven awards and fourteen nominations at ten festivals. The movie has won ‘Best Feature Film’, ‘Best Actress’ and an ‘Audience Award’. For this work Laura won the “Alice Guy Blache Women in Cinema Award“.
Josephine Ehlert – Writer, Actress, Producer
Josephine Ehlert was born in East Berlin. Already during high school she acted at the P14 of the youth theater group of the Berliner Volksbühne and was a guest with several productions at many international theater festivals. In 2005 she first worked as a writer and director in this kind of setting. Also during her acting studies at the Konservatorium of the city of Vienna she worked, besides her jobs in bars and pubs, as a writer and director. Since 2010 she writes screenplays alongside being a principal player at a theater. For her plays she won several new talent awards. The short film ‘The Time In-Between’, which she wrote and produced, received the ‘Predicate Particularly Valuable’ and the title of ‘Short Film of the Month’ from the FBW. In 2012 it won the ‘Karl – Buchrucker – Award’ of the Inner Mission of Munich and was shown as part of the ARD – Theme Week ‘How We Want to Die’ on the MDR television station.
Markus Ilschner – Cinematographer (BVK)
Markus Ilschner has been fascinated by the magic of the cinema since his very early childhood. Growing up in Großenhain near Dresden he gained experience with the Super-8 camera of his father. The first shortfilms and the work at the local TV station as a youth journalist/camera man set the foundation for his professional career. With the training at the Bavaria Film GmbH in Munich Markus raised his technical and creative basis to a professional level. During this three-year program several short films were made as well as a 55-minutes feature film (A96). After the successful completion he started freelance work as a camera loader. Today he works as 1st Assistant Camera for multiple TV film, image films and commercials. Furthermore he has worked as cinematographer for short films, image films and commercials. His technical and creative knowledge grows with every production and advanced training.
Dieter Schleip – Composer (DKV)
Born in 1962 in Aachen, Dieter Schleip has played guitar and keyboard as a teenager in various bands, one being ‘Catch 22’. Already then his interest in film music started to develop and the first arrangements and compositions were written. In 1985 he was one of the founder of the Aachen Film House and participated as a co-organizer of the Aachen Film Festival. Two years later, with the goal to make a living with composing he moved to Munich. He started with student films and jobs for the theater. From the beginning Dieter developed an intense collaboration with directors such as Martin Enlen, Jobst Oetzmann and later on also Thomas Berger, Johannes Fabrick,Alexander Adolph and Dominik Graf. In 1995 he wrote his first orchestrated score for the short film ‘The Magician’. That same year he had his break through with ‘Roula’. Since then he won numerous awards
1995 gelang ihm mit Roula der Durchbruch. Seitdem konnte er zahlreiche Awards gewinnen, zuletzt 2010 den Adolf-Grimme-Preis. Seit 2001 engagiert sich der Komponist ebenfalls zunehmend in der Lehre. Seit 2005 war er Dozent an der Musikhochschule München und hält Seminare an der Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film „Konrad Wolf“ in Potsdam. Dieter Schleip ist Mitglied im Deutschen Komponistenverband und Gründungsmitglied der Deutschen Filmakademie.
Jana-Maria Kreutzer – Production
Jana-Maria Kreutzer was born in Munich where she attended the Waldorf School. In 2009 she started her law studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. Since 2010 she dedicates more and more time towards event organization and film production, working for companies such as the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, The Boston Consulting Group and the UFA Entertainment. The short film „Die Neonazijägerinnen“, for which she worked as production manager in 2012, was just shown at the 34. Max Ophüls Preis Filmfestival.
Michael Hoheisel – Production
Hagen von Sayn-Wittgenstein – Ton
Lorenz Kainz – Tonmischung
Artjom König – Schnitt