People On Sunday 2010

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

Deutsch-amerikanische Freundschaft am Sonntag

> Article about People On Sundays 2010 in “Kölner Stadtanzeiger” 03.08.2010

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Immer am Sonntag – “Kölnische Rundschau” 17.07.2010

Newspaper article about our film and the last shooting-day in the “Schrebergarden”. Unfortunately only in German:

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Saludos Nancy

World Cup Final

So happy that we have found some great “non-actors” named Sabrina, Luke and Jeremy. They are all very interesting personalities and ought to bring a lot of their own lifes into our soccer-romance…

After a motivating story analylsis with our professors, cinematographer Leigh Underwood and me have shot some images during the World Cup Game “Germany vs. Spain”… Unfortunately Germany lost. :/

BUT as our part of the movie will be a mixture of reality and fiction Germany still might win the World Cup! Yeah!


The Summer School Project

“People on Sunday” (“Menschen am Sonntag, Germany 1930) had been one of the most innovative films of the late Weimar Republic, created by five young and then unknown German-American filmmakers. Only three years, however, after Billy Wilder, Robert and Curt Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann and Edgar Ulmer had finished this movie that made their name, they all had to flee Berlin and soon became famous again in Hollywood.

Our joint Summer Workshop People on Sunday – or rather People on Sunday 2010 – took its cue from this masterpiece by five German-American filmmakers and was centered around practical work: the making of short documentary or semi-documentary portrayals of everyday life in a contemporary city: Cologne.

The Summer School started on June 21 with five days of academic instruction. In seminars, lectures and workshops, taught by Prof. Chris Horak, PhD (UCLA), Prof. Lisa Gotto, PhD (ifs) and Prof. Freyermuth, PhD (ifs), the participants analyzed the 1930 movie “People on Sunday”, learned about its history, its influence on German and American film making and about the life and works of its makers.

During this first week, the participating young film makers also formed mixed German-American teams and started to develop ideas for documentary or semi-documentary shorts which they produced in the following five weeks.

Sponsored by the state chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, the project had been developed by Prof. Gundolf S. Freyermuth of the ifs. He had proposed the project to Prof. Barbara Boyle of the UCLA Film School in August 2009. The German-American cooperation then had been signed in Los Angeles – in the presence of Andreas Krautscheid [Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and Media of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia] and Prof. Teri Schwartz [Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television] – by Simone Stewens [Chief Executive Director of the ifs] and Prof. Barbara Boyle  [Chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media] in October of 2009.

This website provides continuing information about our joint Summer School.

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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