Finding Felix Project

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Berlin, Germany
The Finding Felix Project is a work for screen and publication from Katy Kavanaugh, a curator and filmmaker (katykavanaugh.weebly.com). A fellowship from Stanford University and The Freie Universität- Berlin allowed her to return to the Berlin Film Festival's 35 year-old Generation (formerly Kinderfilmfest) to collect evidence of the directive impact that international films seen in childhood can have toward shaping the breadth of a person's view of the world and the decisions they make. This investigation focuses on one eleven year-old film festival-goer whom Kavanaugh met while serving on the Kinderfilmfest's international jury in 2001. Ten years later, Kavanaugh wants to know how a childhood full of international films influenced Felix's life so far. Meanwhile, with help from Media Consultant Tina Toepfel and Gintare Malinauskaite, PhD History at Humboldt Universität, Felix has been found and is now in post-production. To help meet its completion goal, please consider contributing via our fiscal sponsor, Cinefemme.net.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sandra Andrews-Strasko, Film Memory: MY LIFE AS A DOG/ Brigitta Andrews, Film Memory: A SUMMER PLACE

Sandra and her mother Brigitta moved to Berlin
with Sandra's husband, a rabbinical student.

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Brigitta was born in Hamburg and raised in Beirut before moving to the United States.
Sandra was born in Seattle and moved to Berlin.

Dagmar Meyer, Political Scientist

Dagmar Meyer shares a thoughtful perspective on fairytales. Fairytales are often used as storylines for cinema for young audiences and because they are well-known, they are considered acceptable. Dagmar suggests that the value of folklore can wait until later. video

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Looking for Felix an die Straße


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On a cold, foggy day we took to the streets looking for Felix and hoping to collect a few stories. We were met by curious visitors at Potsdamer Platz and, to be sure, they went away thinking of their childhoods. We did find a Felix, and though he was not "our" Felix, we hope he contacts us at findingfelixproject@googlemail.com.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Almost Felix...


Christoph, student at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design in Potsdam (d. school Deutschland) could be Felix....but he's not...so we're still looking. Meanwhile, we continue to hear rich stories of early film memories....keep watching the posts and keep your eyes open for someone who looks like Christoph.

Only three weeks until the Berlinale, February 10-20. We'll be taking interviews at the Berlinale's 31 year-old children and youth section, Generation, at their new location at Der Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which brings the section's two parts, KPlus and 14Plus together again under one roof. Take a look at the press release for a list films in the upcoming program: http://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/generation/kff-presse-detail_8212.html. Explore the rest of the Berlinale site www.berlinale.de for it's many offerings like the Talent Campus (Katy Kavanaugh, participant in 2003, 2004), The European Film Market and the World Cinema Fund.