People On Sunday 2010

Joint SUMMER SCHOOL of the UCLA Film School and the ifs internationale filmschule köln

Ersatz Documentaries

Prof. Becky Smith:

I’m reading another biography of Billy Wilder – “On Sunset Boulevard The Life and Times of Billy Wilder” – by Ed Sikov, Hyperion Books – and came across the following excerpts about “People on Sunday”.  I thought they might provide you more to think about…

“(In Germany) ersatz documentaries known as “cross-section films” (came into popularity).  Eric Pommer…was helping to spur a broad push toward a kind of street realism.

Cross-section films were… compilation films fashioned out of vignettes of what was (or at least could be passed off as) the common man’s common life.  Cross-section movies…were trying to capture the flavor of industrialized urban life through montage.  Rien que les heures (1926), The Man With the Movie Camera (1928) and The Bridge (1927) were conscious attempts both to stylize the documentary form and to make the form more real – to bring out the essence of urban reality by splicing fragments of it together creatively on film.

Structurally, the films were supposed to be loose.  What might seem to be a mistake in a tightly planned, slickly photographed fiction film could come across as a fortuitous accident in a fake documentary – a glimpse of real life in all its messy glory…”

Short Description

The joint Summer School of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and the ifs internationale filmschule köln brings together young American and German filmmakers - directors, producers, cinematographers. In mixed German-American teams they are shooting several shorts about city life in Cologne.


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    From the UCLA:
    Lucas Mireless, 2nd Year Director
    Iliana Sosa, Director
    Jeanne Tyson, 3rd Year Director of Photography
    Leigh Underwood, 2nd Year Director of Photography
    Ryan Slattery, Producer

    From the ifs:
    Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye, Director
    Johannes F. Sievert, Director
    Christopher Becker, Producer

    From the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts:
    Nina Frey, Director of Photography
    Jens Nolte, Director of Photography

    'Making Of' of the Project:
    Paul Pieck
    Nicole Schmeier


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    51063 Köln

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    Geschäftsführung: Simone Stewens, Rainer Weiland

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