Why this festival?
Music and Films for both sides of the brain.
Our mission statement: World access.
Music is an issue very early in human history, probably originated before the language. Music has something archaic, almost mysterious: With our festival we also following some basic questions, for example, why do people even make music? What is the purpose of music? The films in our programs participate, each in its own unique way, in this universal "guesswork".
By contrast, film is a very young medium of expression. But much earlier, as most probably know, already in the beginnings of film history, music is involved here as well. That may have something to do with a very basic commonality:
Music and film are time-based media. Anyone who listens to music or sees a movie in the cinema submits to a given organization of time. Something is spinning, linear from the beginning to the end, without the listener and the audience being able to influence this process.
On the other hand, film is ultimately only a new form of preoccupation with a medium that is probably as old as music, namely the image. Equally puzzling in its effect: what are the pictures doing with us? Nobody knows that exactly. At the same time, film adheres to something analytical; In general, we think that what movie images present to us is real: we can see it, so it exists.
Everything people do is enrolled in what conditions these things could arise. Therefore, one can also learn something about the condition of our planet when dealing with stamps, rabbit breeding, nanotechnology, football or contemporary sculpture.
Music has been done for so long and in such a diverse way, and so many people are taking part in music that the presentation of individual musical styles or musician biographies or forms of music consumption in different subcultures tells enormously much about the world, in and for the the music was made.
We also like to think again and again that this is the reason for the growing popularity of feature and documentary films around music. At any rate, our perception is that these topics are back in the picture, after years of saying that music is in free fall and films on the subject on television or cinema would be quota or cash-poison.
In 2007, we launched a small festival that does not want to be primarily a profit generator, but sees itself as a showcase for films and as a partner and advocate for the artists. As important as the devotion to the audience is, as essential is for us always the interaction with the filmmakers, who often filmed their heart issues with little resources.
Festivals are often compared with museums and like to be differentiated to the commercial of the other movie theater. This is not important to us. We do not just want to "exhibit" the films, we also want to support and comment them and thus become a link in the mediation chain. UNERHÖRT! should always be an iconoclasm and a world of experience that can fulfill a cultural (and political) mission.
The "seeker-head-rocket-mission of the Festival" (J.-P. Rehm, FIDMARSEILLE), which we also proclaim for ourselves, does not narrow our perspective to the mere succession of films. We always try to work out an overall concept and integrate as many aspects of the film and music industry as possible.
For UNERHÖRT! it means: absolutely ANY kind of music is welcome! This programmatic openness is the foundation of UNERHÖRT!
"It will always go on: music as a carrier of ideas."
(Music Non Stop, Kraftwerk)
"We know life. We've been to the cinema."