Nicole Wegner

D I 2017 I 100 mins. I OV (with German subs) I Hamburg premiere

This film pays homage to the American DIY spirit and the diversity of the US musical landscape outside the commercial music industry. While many other music films never make it beyond hero worship, director Nicole Wegner consistently maintains eye level with her twelve interview partners : Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat, Dischord Rec.), Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Michael Gira (Swans), Alap Momin (Dälek) Otto von Schirach, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Weasel Walter (The Flying Luttenbachers, Cellular Chaos), Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata), Anna Barie (i.a. These Are Powers), Mick Barr (i.a. Orthrelm), Justin Pearson (u.a. The Locust, Three One G Rec.), Valentine Falcon (Get Hustle). What they all have in common is that they couldn’t care less about marketing strategies and target group orientation as they gleefully hack the music industry and play by their own rules. Though the film shows extremely diverse musical styles, there is a general agreement to see the DIY idea as the most important legacy of punk and the starting point of self-empowerment and resistance.

Like a certifed mixtape, “Parallel Planes” combines old and new songs, really clever thoughts about making music and personal insights to generate a narrative that resembles an open building kit of ideas from which everyone who wants to take things into their own hands can help themselves. Using gaudy cut-up elements and references to video clip aesthetics, the film develops a drive which might even lead the viewer to rush out of the cinema with a project of their own in mind and simply start on it ... 
(Source: Luc-Carolin Ziemann, DOK Leipzig 2017)

PARALLEL PLANES is director Nicole Wegener's graduation film at KHM (Kölner Hochschule für Medien = Academy of Media Arts Cologne). Since the early 2000 years, she is involved in the production of various music videos and music related film works, partly also as an animator. “Parallel Planes” is her first feature-length film. She also works as a music curator in Cologne.

Hamburg-Premiere I Thursday, 08th of November 2018, 9 pm I Venue: 3001
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