I have just returned from a publicity tour to New York and L.A. where I promoted my book DEAD FUNNY - HUMOR IN HITLER'S GERMANY. The trip included several public talks, including one with author Ron Rosenbaum at Brookyln's bookcourt, and another with Prof. Mark Crispin Miller at New York University. Meanwhile, the first batch of press & reviews has arrived. I've enclosed a couple of links to several articles, and to two National Public Radio (NPR) shows on which I was invited.
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The Sheffield Documentary Festival has asked me to produce and chair a session this year. It will take place during the festival, on June 10th 2011, from 9:45-11:15 a.m. at the Lyceum.
The other speakers will be Ann Julienne, Head if International Development at France Télévisions, David Glover, Head of Science at Channel4, and Bernd Wilting, CEO of Taglicht Media GmbH
I've attached a blurb of the session below. More information may be posted on the festival website: www.sheffdocfest.com
SESSION DESCRIPTION: NO MORE COPRODUCTIONS
As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, DEAD FUNNY, my book on humor in the "Third Reich", is ready for publication in the U.S. in May, and in the U.K. in June. I will be visiting both countries, starting with the U.S.
Some public events have been set up in New York and Los Angeles which are listed below. If you happen to be in town on those dates, do drop by! (U.K. events will be posted in several weeks.)
5/9: A reading/conversation at Brooklyn bookstore Bookcourt with Ron Rosenbaum
Last week I was invited on a panel at the renowned World Congress of Science and Factual Producers. The topic of our discussion was how to crack the international co-production market, an important subject in times as these. I strongly feel that broadcasters need to pool their assets to generate budgets for high-end documentary productions. For the directors and producers involved, this means creating versions which address the frequently contradictory needs of their backers. This may seem daunting at first but there are strategies to facilitate the process.
U.S. publisher Random House will be distributing my book DEAD FUNNY on humor in Hitler's Germany. The book was translated by Jefferson Chase and will be available in English from April 2011 onwards.
For details, check the FILMS & PROJECTS section of this website.
For advance orders, check the Random House website: http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781935554301
(please note that I'm not responsible for the content of external links).
I just spotted that my film ABORA -LOST ON THE ATLANTIC will be shown on NRK 1 in Norway this evening at 8 p.m. So for those who happen to be up North, please tune in. I know that this could be of particular interest to all those who participated in my AMUNDSEN production last year, since this touches on the life and achievements of another great Norwegian explorer, Thor Heyerdahl.
Details on the production can be found in the FILMS + PROJECTS section of this website and a Norwegian synopsis can be accessed by following this link:
After last year's LATOFILMOW - Warsaw's summer film festival - at which eight of my films were showcased in the young director's section, my new film AMUNDSEN: LOST IN THE ARCTIC will be shown at this year's edition. The screening will take place on July 18th. For details, check the festival website: www.latofilmow.pl.
-Needless to say, I'm delighted that my film has been selected, especially since I have very fond visit of last year's event and my showcase of 10 years of work.
After first public screenings in Oslo and at the Nordic embassies in Berlin (see foto!), my new film AMUNDSEN - LOST IN THE ARCTIC is now set to premier on Franco-German broadcaster ARTE this coming Sunday, the 28th. of March, at 10:10 p.m. The film will be shown in German and French. More details on the film are available in the Films+Projects section of my website. Please note that the film will also be shown in other language versions later this year on National Geographic U.S., NRK, ZDF and YLE. The transmission dates will be posted here.
My film AMUNDSEN - LOST IN THE ARCTIC was completed today, finishing with the final sound mixdown. After more than a year of intense work it can now go out to the broadcasters involved in this international co-production, including National Geographic U.S., ZDF, NRK Norway, YLE, ARTE and others.The filming was a wonderful, exhilerating experience that took me to such remote places as Bear Island in the middle of the Barents Sea. It reminded me of Arthur Conan Doyle's "Lost World" in which you expect a Tyrannosaurus Rex to walk out behind a rock at any moment.
This week, I completed a 3-minute imagefilm for one of Germany's leading producers of commercials, Trigger Happy. The film portrays a well-known Berlin advertising agency that is set to receive the renowned Horizon prize. It's my second foray into the world of advertising. The first, a Siemens commercial which I texted in 2004, won a Cine Golden Eagle.