People On Sunday 2010

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

The Summer School Project

“People on Sunday” (“Menschen am Sonntag, Germany 1930) was 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 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 – will take its cue from this masterpiece by five German-American filmmakers and will be centered around practical work: the making of short documentary or semi-documentary portrayals of everyday life in a contemporary city: Cologne.

The Summer School starts 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 will analyze the 1930 movie “People on Sunday”, learn 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 will also form mixed German-American teams and start to develop ideas for documentary or semi-documentary shorts which they will produce in the following five weeks.

Sponsored by the state chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, the project was developed by Prof. Gundolf S. Freyermuth of the ifs. He proposed the project to Prof. Barbara Boyle of the UCLA Film School in August 2009. The German-American cooperation was then 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 will provide continuing information about our joint Summer School.

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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


    ifs internationale filmschule köln gmbh
    Schanzenstraße 28
    51063 Köln

    T +49 (0) 221 - 92 01 88 - 0
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    Geschäftsführung: Simone Stewens, Rainer Weiland

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