People On Sunday 2010

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

Biographies of the Professors

Gundolf S. Freyermuth

is a Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the ifs international film school, Cologne, and the co-founder and co-director of the Cologne Game Lab (

Freyermuth received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Free University Berlin, Germany. He taught at several universities and art schools, including the Free University Berlin, the Zurich University of the Arts, and the Shanghai Theatre Academy.

Prior to his academic career, he was an editor with the magazine TransAtlantik, published by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, a reporter for the magazine stern, head reporter for the magazine Tempo and a freelance writer in the US covering film and digital media.

Freyermuth has published ten nonfiction books, among them “Reise in die Verlorengegangenheit. Auf den Spuren deutscher Emigranten” (1990) and “Cyberland. Eine Führung durch den Hightech-Underground” (1996), three novels, among them “Bogarts Bruder” (1997) for which he received the German Mystery Award, and more than 400 articles.

He holds dual German-American citizenship and lives in Cologne and Berlin. For more information (in German) see his homepage

Lisa Gotto

is a Professor of Film History and Film Analysis at the ifs international film school, Cologne.

She received her M.A. from the University of Cologne and her Ph.D. from the Bauhaus University Weimar. Since 2001 she has taught at a variety of institutions, including universities in Mannheim, Regensburg, Weimar, Cologne and Munich. Lisa Gotto’s major research interests are in media theory and popular culture, in film history and film analysis as well as in film culture outside the academy. She teaches and writes on Hollywood and European cinema, on technological and cultural transitions in film history, on the relations between film theory and historiography.

Gotto has published books and articles on race and representation, on postcolonial cinema, on ethnic border-crossing, on television culture, gender topics and alternative cinemas. Currently, she is developing a book project on visuality and tactility.

Jan-Christopher Horak

received his B.A. in history from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in film from Boston University, and his PhD. from the Dept. of Communications at the Westfalische Wilhems-Universitat in Munster, Germany. His long career as a film archivist and curator has taken him from George Eastman House, where he was Senior Curator of the Film Department to the directorship of the Munich Filmmuseum (Germany). In 1998 he became Founding Director of Archives & Collections at Universal Studios, then moved to Hollywood Entertainment Museum, where he was curator until 2006. He has taught as an Adjunct at the University of Rochester, the Munich Film Academy, the University of Salzburg, and at Wayne State University’s Program Abroad, and has been Visiting Professor at UCLA since 1999, teaching in Critical Studies and in Moving Image Archive Studies.

Horak has published numerous books, including “Making Images Move: Photographers and Avant-Garde Cinema” (1997), “Berge, Licht und Traum. Dr. Arnold Fanck und der deutsche Bergfilm” (1997), “Lovers of Cinema. The First American Film Avant-Garde 1919-1945” (1995), “The Dream Merchants: Making and Selling Films in Hollywood’s Golden Age” (1989), “Anti Nazi Filme der deutschsprachigen Emigration von Hollywood” (1984), “Fluchtpunkt Hollywood. Eine Dokumentation zur Filmemigration nach 1933” (1986 expanded 2nd edition), “Helmar Lerski – Lichtbildner. Fotographien und Filme 1910-1947 (1982), and Film und Foto der zwanziger Jahre” (1979). He has also published over 200 articles and reviews in English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Hungarian, Spanish, Czech, Swedish, and Hebrew language publications. His research interests continue to be classical Hollywood, especially silent cinema, German cinema, film propaganda, avant-garde and documentary film. In 2000 he founded “Making Images Move. Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists” (University of Minnesota Press), editing the first twelve issues. He is presently working on a book on designer and filmmaker Saul Bass.

Becky Smith

is a film and television director based in Los Angeles. Smith is in postproduction on the feature film “16 To Life,” a romantic comedy shot on location on the Mississippi river that features veteran screen actor Theresa Russell as well as talented newcomers Hallee Hirsh and Mandy Musgrave.

Smith recently completed the TV series How To Look Good Naked, starring Carson Kressley. She is also directing the feature documentary The Daring Project, which chronicles a world premiere with five principal dancers from the Bolshoi, Kirov, NYC Ballet and ABT.

Smith was nominated in 2004 for an Emmy in directing (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), the same year the show won an Emmy, and has directed numerous series and pilots for networks including MTV, MTV2, NBC, Fox, Disney Channel, PBS, Fuse and ABC Family. Her documentary on Title IX, “In the Game,” received numerous awards, including Best Television Documentary of the Year from Women in Radio and Television.

Smith has received grants for her work from Women In Film, the California Arts Council and AFI. She received her Masters degree in film from Stanford University and has extensive theatre directing experience. She is an alumna of the American Film Institute’0s Directing Workshop for Women and Movie of the Week Writer’s workshop, as well as the Squaw Valley Screenwriter’s workshop.

Smith is currently directing a web series for Nikon, Look Good In Pictures, featuring Carson Kressley, which has new episodes posted weekly

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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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