The genre film has always been a permanent element of the Reeperbahn Festival programme. This year the cinematic offer will again stand out thanks to many premieres and innovations – and the Abaton-Kino as a new cinematic venue!
For some years now, the Saturday Education Programme has been giving interested festival guests the opportunity of gaining detailed insights into the current music business at over 30 internationally staffed workshops, panels and discussions. We are pleased to present the highlights of both programme items today.
Hamburg, 17 August 2018
The short melody introducing the appearance of Darth Vader in Star Wars is concrete proof that the interaction of film and music is often significantly more than the total of the individual components: For example, if you sing this sequence when telling an everyday incident, every listener will at once have clear mental pictures, underpinning the story. This is only one of the reasons why, apart from the concerts, every Reeperbahn Festival has always featured a cinematic programme. Moreover, the medium is perfectly suited to document socio-cultural and music history related phenomena that illustrate the careers of bands and artists, thus creating an overall image for the audience, revealing some completely new aspects. Reeperbahn Festival does not lack new aspects this year: First, there will be the Abaton-Kino as new central cinematic venue. And to give festival guests the chance to reconcile film screenings and concerts many films will be shown several times.
The Reeperbahn Festival Film Programme will start already on Tuesday evening, 18 September, with the world and German premiere of the short documentary “Türen” (Doors) (DE) about the doorman and educator Hennig Geisler, in the presence of director Claire Walker and the main actor.
After that, there will be the German premiere of the documentary “Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits” (GB) on the history of the women punk band The Slits and its members. Then, The Slits bassist Tessa Pollitt will be on the stage to answer questions in an interview.
The European premiere of “Bad Reputation” (US), a biopic about rock icon Joan Jett, the screening of “MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A.” (US/GB/LK) dealing with the career of the popular, but controversial singer and activist M.I.A., and “Whitney” (US/GB) about the late superstar Whitney Houston are more of the top-class documentaries on important female musicians.
The premiere of the film “Shut Up and Play the Piano” (DE/GB/FR) (photo) will be shown in the presence of its director Philipp Jedicke; it is dedicated to the crazy life of the Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales.
The documentary “Play Your Gender” (CA) matches the core theme of this year’s Reeperbahn Festival, illustrating the role of women in the music business in diverse interviews with business insiders and stars.
“Desolation Center” (US) tells the story of how punk happenings in the south Californian desert became the blueprint for today’s mega events, such as Burning Man and Coachella Festival.
The programme will be rounded off by special presentations of “3 Tage in Quibéron” (3 Days in Quibéron) (DE/FR/AT) about the last major interview with Romy Schneider, succeeded by a talk with the composers of the soundtrack, Christoph Kaiser and Julian Maas, as well as “Das schönste Mädchen der Welt” (The Most Beautiful Girl in the World) (DE), a coming-of-age film by director Aron Lehmann. In this convincing new version of Cyrano de Bergerac, the main character Cyril not only fights rap battles, but also composes his own love songs. The two musicians in charge, Robin Haefs (composition and lyrics) and Konstantin Scherer (production and composition), will give insights into their work on this special project after the film presentation.
Reeperbahn Festival Education Programme 2018
Almost all major representatives of the international music industry gathered as guests at Reeperbahn Festival from 19 – 22 September means concentrated expert knowledge on St. Pauli. On the other hand, there will be many people among the Reeperbahn Festival visitors who are trying to make a start into or are already active in the music business, seeking to deepen their knowledge. The Reeperbahn Festival Education Programme is aimed at bringing these two sides together. In around 30 workshops, panels and discussion groups, festival guests will have the opportunity to obtain first-hand comprehensible, realistic and practical inside views from experts in the fields of live entertainment, recorded music, publishing, marketing and technology.
The panel “Musikmarkt Hamburg, Jobmarkt Hamburg” (Music market Hamburg, job market Hamburg) with Frank Spilker (Die Sterne), Rick McPhail (Tocotronic) and Dirk Darmstaedter (solo artist, The Jeremy Days, former Tapete label director) will deal with the living conditions and challenges of Hamburg as a music location from the perspective of active artists whose contribution to the music world in the Hanseatic city is and was of critical importance. The expert talk “Wie geht gutes Netzwerken?” (How does successful networking work?) with Andrea Peters (chairwoman media. net berlinbrandenburg), Guido Kluck (Founder WK Legal) and Jan Kowalsky (Director Brand Marketing XING) will examine the function of analogue and digital networking options, in the workshop “Wie geht eigentlich Podcast?” (How does a podcast work?) Jakob Thoene (Electronic Beats) and Steve Clash (Übernacht-Podcast) will explain the secret of the unexpected success story of the 2018 trend medium as well as the making of a podcast. And, of course, a workshop on social networks such as “Instagram, Musically und Snapchat” (Instagram, Musically, and Snapchat), hosted by social media experts Marvin Göldner and Philipp Thurmann, as well as a session on “Youtube. Produktion und Vermarktung” (Youtube. Production and Marketing) with Danny Bokelmann (founder of Wolfpack Entertainment), Aimo Brookmann (founder of Faktory.tv) and Philipp Senkbeil (Director Network & Partner Management, Webedia Gaming) must not be missing, since all these platforms are playing an increasing role in the professional marketing of artists.
The following talks, workshops and sessions are examples of the diversity of the Education Programme:
The Reeperbahn Festival is organised by Reeperbahn Festival GbR
and Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG.
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg
PhG Reeperbahn Festival GbR: Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG und Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz / U-I-Nr.: DE247756458
PhG Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte / U-I-Nr.: DE 210469759