coming in production:
REBELS WITH A CAMERA (AT)
Editor Rolf Bergmann RBB / Foundation Processing of the SED dictatorship / Production Medea Filmfactory GmbH Berlin / Camera Lars Barthel / Screenplay & Director Pamela Meyer-Arndt
This film deals with the view of society. Three young rebellious photographers had impressively photographed the GDR in the 1970s and 1980s: Gabriele Stötzer, Barbara Metselaar Berthold and Tina Bara. Their photographs and their critical attitude towards the normalized society of the one-party-state GDR will be the subject. There will also be prospects in the early 1990s, when young women are looking for something new.
ROGER MELIS – PHOTOGRAPHER
A film by Pamela Meyer-Arndt / for the series LEBENSLÄUFE on behalf of MDR / camera Chris Trieloff / editor Vinzent Kutsche / speaker Anna Tahlbach / producer Gregor Streiber / a werwiewas media production
He photographed Wolf Biermann as Icarus, Sarah Kirsch sitting cross-legged on the exit crates, Anna Seghers as a doubting woman. He did not show the models for the GDR fashion magazine Sibylle as fashion dolls but at eye level. Roger Melis was an exceptional artist, his life between rebellion and adaptation reflects the fate of many who lived in the GDR. A portrait.
TO THE MOVIE
A film by Pamela Meyer-Arndt / MDR / TV Editor Beate Schönfeldt / Kulturstiftung des Bundes / Defa Stiftung/ DOP Peter Badel / Sound Jürgen Schönhoff / Montage Gudrun Steinbrück/ Music Tonfarm Leipzig / Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion/ 90 min. / 2010
The documentary VILLAGE LOVE portrays everyday existence in the small Thuringia village of Berka over the last 60 years. The local miller’s son, Ludwig Schirmer, photographed his village’s daily life before moving on to become an advertising executive. His photos of Berka possess an aura of stunning authenticity. His daughter Ute Mahler and her husband Werner Mahler, both previously known for photography prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain, continued this photographic documentation. The result is a visual time capsule of a community over the course of decades. Where once there was small town community, today there is merely isolation.
JUST AN ORDINARY LIFE
A film by Pamela Meyer-Arndt / MDR, WDR, 3sat / Kulturstiftung des Bundes / Defa Stiftung/ DOP Andreas Höfer / Sound Andreas Gläßer, Peter Schmidt / Montage Hanka Knipper / A Pamela Meyer-Arndt Filmproduktion/ 86 min. / 2006
The documentary relates the life and work of Helga Paris, Sibylle Bergemann and Gundula Schulze-Eldowy, three photographers living in East Berlin during the GDR era. All three worked freelance in their own unique way, sometimes on the very edge of illegality. Censored and forbidden to work, they created a critical and sensitive portrait of the GDR. The photographers remember the genesis of their photographic series, their exciting lives, their roles as women and their experiences with censorship and the Stasi.
A Film by Pamela Meyer-Arndt / Screening at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kampnagelfabrik Hamburg / DOP Hanno Kunow / Sound Michael Fiedler / Montage Hanka Knipper / Filmproduction Radial System Berlin / 30 min. / 2009
Can music be an adventure? If you were a GDR musician and the Wall suddenly fell, then yes! From one day to the next, a whole new world opened up. WENDZEITEN looks at the careers of composers and musicians in East and West Germany. Among the interviewed are the composers Helmut Lachenmann, Helmut Oehring and Georg Katzer and the musicians Georg Kallweit and Stephan Mai.
A Film by Pamela Meyer-Arndt / MDR / TV editor Elfi Schmidt / DOP Andreas Höfer / Sound Andreas Gläßer / Montage Hanka Knipper / A Pamela Meyer-Arndt Filmproduction/ 30 min. / 2006
The photographer Sibylle Bergemann takes a look back. As a GDR photographer, she worked for the legendary magazine “Sibylle” and as a freelancer. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, she took photos for many reputable West German magazines such as Geo and Stern and saw the world – Yemen, for example. There she created dreamlike images of women in haute Couture.
My passion is telling adventurous documentary stories: biographies, gender issues, contemporary history, society, art, music, photography and politics.