People On Sunday 2010

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

German-American Filmmaking – Past and Present

As a conclusion of the Joint Summer School of ifs international film school and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television we will have an evening event on German-American Filmmaking – Past and Present at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles on November 8th, 2011 at 8 pm with Eric Braeden, Wolfgang Petersen, and Christoph Bull.

• Actor Eric Braeden will be reading texts from the creators of the iconic silent film “Menschen am Sonntag” (People on Sunday), which include Billy Wilder, Robert Siodmak and Fred Zinnemann.

• We will present a short documentation entitled “Wolfgang Petersen – Mein Leben, mein Werk” in German, with English subtitles, written and directed by Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Professor for Comparative Media Studies at the International Film School in Cologne.

• The film will be followed by a panel discussion between Wolfgang Petersen and Professor Freyermuth.

• The evening will be accompanied by acclaimed organist Christoph Bull, who will present songs in the style of the time on organ, piano and voice.

More information:

People on Sunday 1930 and 2010

Come and join us at the Goethe Institute in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 6, at 11:30 am:

“Menschen am Sonntag” – “People on Sunday 2010”

Premiere of the German-American Short Film Compilation by Filmmakers from UCLA and ifs

Film Matinee
November 6th 2011 Matinee, 11:30am
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 5253388

People on Sunday in Post Production

POS Post Production

German directors Frieder Sievert and Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye meet online to discuss post-production with American directors Lucas Mireles and Iliana Sosa and producer Ryan Slattery.

by Ryan Slattery

Post-production is fully underway for the feature film project People on Sunday 2010. Consisting of four distinct parts, each with its own director and cinematographer, the film is coming together with common themes and a shared sense of purpose.

We are working with our composers in Freiburg to put together an amazing score, and other aspects of post-production are taking place both in Germany and in Los Angeles.

Bringing the filmmakers together in post-production from a distance of 6,000 miles is no easy task. From our studio facilities at UCLA, we are videoconferencing with our German counterparts to give feedback and make decisions about the process. This has always been a collaborative experience, and post-production has been no exception.

We are very excited to be moving ever closer to finishing this project, and can’t wait for all of us to reunite for the premiere in Los Angeles next spring!

Locked In Our Hearts

Thanks to our photographer Paul we have a lot of beautiful pictures of our Summer School. This photo, however, shot by Iliana Sosa is my personal favorite. For me it perfectly symbolizes the many lasting friendships as well as the four short films that have been made during the summer school.

Kerstin Steiner

An artist who plays an artist – John Mobilio and his paintings

I was very happy when we finally find an original painter who plays the ‘role’ of an artist who is haunted by the dead of his father and can`t paint anymore: John Mobilio. 

All the more that John is an American living in Germany – what  fits wonderfully into the project and expands the level of the cross-cultural experience.

You will find more informations about John and his paintings here:

Lucas&Jens-Shooting Days 1-4

Iliana&Nina-Last Shooting Day

Johannes&Jeanne-Shooting in Cologne

That’s a Wrap!

by Ryan Slattery

After almost six weeks of incredible collaboration between ifs and UCLA, principal photography has wrapped.

All of the teams worked against the clock and overcame obstacles to finish their shoots. Most of the participants even worked as crew on the other projects, helping their colleagues by giving their time and talent.

The first team to shoot was director Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye (ifs) and cinematographer Leigh Underwood (UCLA). Their first day found them documenting a large public viewing of Germany playing in the World Cup. An incredible love story took shape in the days to follow, and Nancy is hard at work editing her rough cut.

The next team was director Iliana Sosa (UCLA) and Nina Frey (ifs). They found themselves in front of Köln’s most famous landmark, the Kölner Dom, and captured beautiful views of the city from the Kölner Seilbahn, the cableway over the Rhine River, as they told a story about the highs and lows of relationships. Their editor is Carina Mergens.

The next team was director Frieder Sievert (ifs) and cinematographer Jeanne Tyson (UCLA). They filmed at locations all over Köln to tell the story of an artist in the city, played by John Mobilio, an actual artist from New York, now living in Hamburg. Some of their locations included Cap Cologne, a vibrant artist’s colony in the heart of Nippes, and Eigelstein, the famous wall of the city still standing from the middle ages. Preparing their rough cut is editor Patricia Testor.

The final team to shoot was director Lucas Mireles (UCLA) and cinematographer Jens Nolte (ifs). They worked together to tell a story in three parts, which was at times funny, at times steamy, and at times touching. Their locations included a rainy Rhine Riverbank, an eclectic industrial complex, and a 200-year-old cemetery, the Melaten Friedhof. Lucas and Jens were the only team to work with children, all non-actors who had never appeared in front of a camera before. Lucas is working with editor Daniel Rakete Siegel on his rough cut.

All four projects were produced by Christopher Becker (ifs) and Ryan Slattery (UCLA), and assisted by Roshanak Khodabakhsh (ifs). Paul Pieck (ifs) documented the projects.

A preliminary rough cut of the film will be screened on 29 July, followed by several months of post-production. The aim is to have post done by November and premiere the film in early Spring 2011. Thank you to everyone who made these past many weeks possible, especially the collaborators who each brought their unique vision and special talent to the project.


Music by Christoph Clöser

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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