Also this year at the UNERHÖRT! Music Film Festival will again award a prize for the best music film of the year. The jury consists of Kathrin Kohlstedde, programme director of Filmfest Hamburg, sociologist and expert for youth and music culture research Dr. Johannes Springer and Klaus Maeck, who helped to shape the German music film industry as a producer, director and screenwriter with films such as “Decoder”, “Fraktus” and “B-Movie”.
Programme Manager Filmfest Hamburg
In her search for the right formulations for the questions of this world, she studied philosophy and political science at the University of Eichstätt, where she infected herself with the world beyond this world: cinema. Since 1999, she has brought her love and passion for film, its contents and the audience to Filmfest Hamburg. She became musically socialized in the 80s with The Cure, New Order, The Jesus and Marie Chain, Joy Division and Neue Deutsche Welle.
In 1979, when punk rock was spreading to Germany, Maeck Rip Off, the first punk shop in Hamburg, soon opened distribution for the new German music of the time. At the same time, he made his first Super 8 short films and a feature film before founding Freibank in 1988 together with Mark Chung (Einstü̈rzende Neubauten), an independent music publisher specializing in music consulting for films. In 2003, together with Fatih Akin, he founded the film production corazón international, during which time he made the music films ‘Crossing the Bridge’ (2005) and Fraktus (2012). In 2013 he founded his own film production Interzone Pictures, with which he produced the documentary ‘B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin’ (2015). He is currently working on a documentary about the beginnings of the Chaos Computer Club, which will be released next year.
After studying in Marburg, Nottingham and Bremen, he worked for many years as an editor for the Vienna periodical Skug – Journal für Musik, focusing on film. Texts about his film have also appeared in music magazines such as Intro or political magazines such as Hamburger Sozialismus. His academic involvement with pop music has led him to teach and research at various institutions, including the Universities of Bremen, Göttingen, Reykjavik, Zurich and currently the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the Catholic University of Münster. Fruits of this work have been included in publications such as: Draußen – Zum neuen Naturbezug in der Popkultur der Gegenwart, Bielefeld, transcript (with Thomas Dörren), Let’s talk about the Hamburger Schule – Eine Kulturgeschichte aus der Sicht beteiligter Frauen, Mainz, Ventil (with Jochen Bonz and Juliane Rytz), Echt! Pop Protocols from the Ruhr Area, Duisburg, Salon Alter Hammer (with Christian Steinbrink and Christian Werthschulte), Popjournalismus, Mainz, Ventil (with Jochen Bonz and Michael Büscher).