I finally have an answer to the resurfacing, insomnia-causing question: Does she draw her gun or not? OK, the insomnia is an exaggeration. But there are tons of police work details that can cause sleepless hours. Writing crime more often than not involves police detectives or even the FBI. As a writer, you can copy behavior and procedures you have seen in other TV shows or in other movies. But you never know if that’s really the real deal? After 7 weeks at the FBI Citizen Academy in Los Angeles, one night per week, I’m no special agent, but I have acquired a lot of knowledge about the FBI as an institution, their values, regulations, as well as insight when it comes to the real people behind the badge, their attitude, motivations, their idiosyncrasies… We heard case studies about homegrown terrorism, cybersecurity, the spectacular sheriff Lee Baca case and his role in a scheme to obstruct an FBI investigation of abuses in LA county jails, and so much more. We collected evidence, went through a shooting simulation, and even fired some real guns at the shooting range. It was a lot of fun. Now, I’ve got the time to lose my sleep over other screenplay-related questions, for example, how to construct a great joke 😉
I’m so excited and honored to be a part of the jury at SEEfest 2018 for the Award for Best Short Documentary Film.
There are six films in competition including productions from Romania, Italy, Turkey, Macedonia, France, and the United States. I can’t wait to sit down and watch them. The program looks truly unique and intriguing.
Thank you to SEEfest LA to invite me to be a part of this adventure!
The WGA-West together with DreamAgo had put out a call to apply for a six-weeks residency in a beautiful Swiss castle. My screenplay in development TURKISH DELIGHT was selected as a semi finalist. Which meant that I got to meet with the DreamAgo team at the residence of the consul general of Switzerland in Los Angeles and pitch my project to them. Every pitch is always a challenge – because of the nerves 😉 – but it was also great fun, and TURKISH DELIGHT received very positive feedback. At the luncheon the next day at the consul’s residence the two (!) winning projects were announced. Of course, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to go to Switzerland. But it was a great pleasure and honor for me to be part of the pitching, and to learn about the wonderful work DramAgo does with and for writers. And I look forward to collaborating with them in the future.
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My documentary FEUER UND FLAMME FÜR DIE KUNST (Ready.Set.Art.) about the Olympic Art competitions just had a rerun last night on ARTE. Feel free to check it out in the ARTE mediathek. Available in French and German until 11.11.2015 Enjoy!
A few weeks ago my friend Claire invited me to stop by at LACMA after hours. She was having a rehearsal for an upcoming event in the galleries of the “Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada” show. A saxophone player and 4 dancers were invited to translate the artworks into jazz and movement. The concept sounded kind of cool, so I went. The artworks alone had an impact on me: a mixture of debris from the Watts riots, all sorts of junk found in the desert, bicycles turned upside down, rotten wood, bent spoons, skulls and colors, put together with humor and pain. The jazz musician, Phil Ranlin, an LA legend, started to play and the young African-American dancers (choreographed by Tony Testa) lazily exploded to the moody jazz. And I just couldn’t help it, I had to take out my iphone (5, not a 6) and “dance with them”.
As always, the rehearsal was much more exciting than the real show – not because of the performers, but because there were hundreds of people in the galleries while at the rehearsal we were alone with the artists between those amazing artworks.