Sophisticated Acquaintance began production in November 2006 and continued until mid-2007 when director Daniel Kremer abandoned the film to pursue other projects. Over five and a half years later, Kremer returned to finish the film, changing many things from the 62-minute cut he left behind. Experimenting with a much more fragmentary form of do-it-yourself filmmaking, mixing elements of narrative, experimental and mock-documentary, the film is the portrait of a tormented individual whose short life and long death were affected by a great many factors. It is a film about the creative process; it is the depiction of a rigid father-son relationship, but most of all, it is a film about individuality (artistic and otherwise). Filmmaker John Gross plays Klaus Mann, a stylized and fictionalized version on the real writer of the same name. Klaus lives in the shadow of his father, the successful intellectual, novelist and Nobel Laureate Thomas Mann (Ernst Hohmann). Featuring a soundtrack of artists from the fiercely independent Constellation Records label, Sophisticated Acquaintance is a film that is sure to intrigue, vex, exhilarate and challenge. Formerly known as Umlaut: The Klaus Mann Project.