Heiko Kalmbach

IF ONE THING MATTERS - a film about Wolfgang Tillmans
documentary, 72 min., USA / Germany
Berlinale 2008, International Forum of New Cinema

"...and all that thought-up stuff, will always just be thought-up stuff."

a film by Heiko Kalmbach / featuring Wolfgang Tillmans, Irm Hermann, Conor Donlon / music: Frank S. Blumm /
additional editing: Susan Korda / editing consultants: Susanne Burg, Frank Domhan / script consultant: Alexander Pfeuffer /
sound design: Jana König / color grading: Marianne Thiess

recent screenings:
Bookers Den Haag, March 2016
Meta House Phnom Penh, May 2015
SCHAU-Fotofestival Dortmund, June 2014
Amherst College Massachusetts, May 2014
Fotokunst Bremen, October 2013
Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, April 2013

festival selection:
International Film Festival Berlin
CPH:DOX Copenhagen
Queer Lisboa
International Film Festival Oslo
Films on Art Torino
Inside Out Toronto

'Wolfgang Tillmans became known during the nineties for his photos of parties and club life. His pictures had the effect of having been taken at random. Today he is one of the best-known photographers in the world. For four years, filmmaker Heiko Kalmbach followed him around with a video camera, observing his private as well as his professional life. It is Tillmans' voice speaking and not that of any expert. In its presumed casualness, the film stays right with its protagonist, whether Tillmans is lovingly wiping the dust off his houseplants or, equally precisely and meticulously, he's putting up one of his exhibitions with the patience of job. Of particular interest are glimpses into Tillmans's video debut for the pop band Pet Shop Boys, which make it clear that his inner readiness to fail is also what makes his success possible. Whether he's portraying dazzling stars or grey mice, Tillmans's artistic greatness is in the catching unexpected moment, for, as Tillmans says, "stuff that ́s thought-up will always just be thought-up stuff." By consolidating the banal and the glamorous at the same level, always catching the unexpected moment, Kalmbach successful emulates his subject.'
Ansgar Vogt, International Forum of New Cinema, Berlinale 2008

distribution:
Rise and Shine World Sales

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Heiko Kalmbach

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Filmmaker, video artist, stage director.

Screenings and shows at Anthology Film Archives New York, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Art in General NY, Pilot London, the Knitting Factory NY, Lux Centre London, Manzi Art Space Hanoi, Meta House…


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Filmmaker, video artist, stage director.

Screenings and shows at Anthology Film Archives New York, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Art in General NY, Pilot London, the Knitting Factory NY, Lux Centre London, Manzi Art Space Hanoi, Meta House Phnom Penh, Goethe Institutes in Kolkata, Mexico City, New York and Paris, and at Festivals like Short Film Festival Oberhausen, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, South By Southwest Austin Texas, Mix Festival NY, Independent Exposure Seattle and Video Art Plastique Basse-Normandie.

Heiko Kalmbach's feature documentary IF ONE THING MATTERS – A FILM ABOUT WOLFGANG TILLMANS premiered in the Forum section at Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 and has been presented at Festivals in Copenhagen, Leipzig, Torino, Lisbon, Oslo and Toronto. Besides producing and directing his own work, Heiko has worked as writer/director, DP and editor for institutions like Rockefeller Foundation and YIVO Institute NY and for broadcasters like Arte, 3Sat, Discovery Channel Germany, SRF, M6 France, TV Ontario and SBS Australia.

His collaboration with composer Katharina Rosenberger, the interactive sound and video installation VIVA VOCE, featuring vocal artists Shelley Hirsch, Juliana Snapper and Pamela Z, was shown at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles in 2013 and at Sweet Thunder Festival in San Francisco in 2014. It will be on view in Berlin in September 2015.

Heiko Kalmbach’s work as stage director and projection designer has been presented at Volksbühne Berlin, La MaMa E.T.C. NY, Theaterhaus Jena, Fusion Festival, Chamäleon Theater Berlin, Aarshi Theater Group Kolkata, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Autorentheatertage at Thalia Theater Hamburg, Crash!Boom!Bau! Festival, Dramafest Mexico City, the Kitchen NY, Schleswig Holsteinisches Landestheater, Tanztage Bremen, Roxy Basel, Stadttheater Bern, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, on Hapag Lloyd's MS Europa2 and on worldwide tour with the y2d/Chamäleon production LEO which was awarded the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, Three Weeks Editors Award, Scotsman Fringe First Award, Adelaide Critics Circle Award, Adelaide Fringe Award and the John Chattaway Innovation Award.

Heiko Kalmbach has been leading workshops and seminars in his fields of practice since the late 1990s. He pursued Drama, Film and Cultural Studies at Universities in Berlin and Bremen before earning a BfA in Film (Honours) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998. He has been teaching spatial media design at Technical University's MA Program ‚Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum‘ in Berlin since 2011 and has been a studio tutor and lecturer for film and dramaturgy at the Architectural Association's Interprofessional Studio in London since 2009.

Individual grants and residencies include an Artist's Fellowship for Film from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Martin Scorsese Award, Russell Hexter Filmmaker's Award, Nestor Almendros Award, Artist Residencies at Camargo Foundation in France, MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA, kunst:raum Sylt-Quelle in Germany, Human Resources Gallery LA, USA, and at Sitterwerk St Gallen in Switzerland.

Links:
Heiko Kalmbach @ IMDB - imdb.com/name/nm1272133/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
VIVA VOCE - interactive sound & video installation - vivavoce.ch
VIVA VOCE - select clips of installation - VIVA VOCE selects
AA London - Interprofessional Studio @ Architectural Association London - interprofessionals.net
TU Berlin - Szenischer Raum / Spatial Composition - tu-buehnenbild.de/index.php
FRAMING REALITY - Taller de video-documentación - vimeo.com/user14237815
RE-MEX - el poder de las artes - facebook.com/Remex.artes
IF ONE THING MATTERS - a film about Wolfgang Tillmans, Berlinale 2008 - berlinale.de/en/archiv/jahresarchive/2008/02_programm_2008/02_Filmdatenblatt_2008_20085090.php
LEO - Video Design - facebook.com/pages/LEO/220813137947193
STABAT MATER & TOSCA, SST - Projection Design - theater-saarbruecken.de
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