Neue Nähe

A Film by Christian Stahl
and Sonja Vukovic

Synopsis

The idea for the video essay “Neue Nähe” was created in autumn 2010. As a volunteer at the Axel Springer Academy and following the success of their teams with the cross-media project “Little Berlin” written and produced Sonja Vukovic in collaboration with moderation and video coach Christian Stahl and with the support of cross-media director Ansgar Mayer and the Director of the Academy, Marc Thomas Spahl, the video essay on the “Future of journalism”. The topic of the future journalism / new media is one of the most important in the think tank of the publisher. So “Neue Nähe” was used on the one hand for the training, but also for the in-house, substantive debate.

Director

  • Picture of Christian Stahl © Christian Stahl

    Christian Stahl

    Christian Stahl (born 11 February 1970) is a German filmmaker, author and journalist. He studied German and History at the University of Bonn and at Queen's College, Oxford. Following a traineeship at the Sender Freies Berlin, he worked as a regional radio correspondent for the ARD and as a presenter at Radio Multikulti. He has run a media agency since 2005 and teaches film and video journalism at the University of Fulda, among other places.
    In 2004, he developed the fictional documentary "Hundeleben" ("Dog's Life") with punks from Berlin's Alexanderplatz, in which Otto Sander and Maria Simon also played small roles. In winter 2007, Stahl produced the no budget short film "The future comes to Srebrenica" with young people in Srebrenica. In 2010 he received the Grimme Online Award as video lecturer and team member of the Axel Springer Akademie for the website www.littleberlin.de.
    The documentary film "Gangsterläufer" ("Gangster Runner") about a Palestinian refugee family in Berlin-Neukölln is Stahl's first 90-minute film, which he worked on for six years.

  • Picture of Sonja Vukovic © Sonja Vukovic

    Sonja Vukovic

    I am 26 years old and therefore grew up in a generation which did not even consciously experience the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification. Many of us are individualists on the street and only join groups in the virtual world. We have an immigrant background and do something with the media. I started in 1998 as a freelance reporter for the city desk of the "Rheinische Post". Further ports of call were the WDR Aachen, the Germany office at "Der Spiegel" and the political department at "Spiegel Online". In 2007 I was a feature writer for the WELT Group of the Axel Springer publishing house. Two years later I started my traineeship at the publisher's academy, within the framework of which I, as managing editor, produced the cross-media project "Little Berlin" with my team. For this we were awarded with both the Axel Springer Prize as well as a Grimme Online Award. With a special budget "Neue Nähe" ("New Closeness") was created – my first video essay. I have been an editor at "Die Welt" and "Welt Online" since the beginning of 2011, and in early 2012 I founded my own media agency, MatterOfOpinion. Among other things, this works for the Deutschen Levante Verlag, which publishes the renowned Middle East magazine 'zenith - Zeitschrift für den Orient', and the red onion communications agency (Tedx, Interview Project Germany), responsible for social media, cross-media and project development.

Awards + Festivals

  • supporting film to “The Ides of March” in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich (Cinemaxx) November 21, 2012
  • 11th INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND VIDEO FESTIVAL OF BEIJING FILM ACADEMY (Peking, China)November 4, 2012
  • DAWN BREAKERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL December 25, 2012
  • 7th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA 2013 (Int’l Competition)March 10, 2013
  • INDEPENDENT DAYS 13|FILMFEST (Karlsruhe, Germany) April 24, 2013
  • 19th SAN GIO VERONA VIDEO FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Italy)July 23, 2013
  • 5th ARES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF SYRACUSE (Int’l Competition, Italy)July 24, 2013
  • DIE LANGE NACHT DES KURZEN FILMS GERA (Germany)August 24, 2013
  • BERLIN CINEMA SUMMER PARTY (Berlin, Germany)August 29, 2013
  • PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (London, UK)September 1, 2013
  • GREAT LAKES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (USA)September 26, 2013
  • PETALUMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, USA)October 11, 2013
  • 6th INTERNATIONAL RIGHT FILM FESTIVAL “STEPS” (Competition, Ukraine)November 8, 2013
  • 25th ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Turkey)November 20, 2013
  • 4th MANYA HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FETSIVAL 2013 (Int’l Competition, Uganda)December 10, 2013
  • 8th STREAMINGFESTIVAL FOR AUDIO VISUAL ART (The Hague, Netherlands) December 16, 2013
  • AEROE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2014 (Official Selection, Denmark) August 23, 2014
  • 3rd MUMBAI SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – 14 (Official Selection, India)December 20, 2014
  • *NOMINATION BEST SHORT*
    5th FILUMS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pakistan)February 13, 2015
  • 8th INTERNATIONALES MEDIENFESTIVAL VILLINGEN-SCHWENNINGEN (Competition, Germany)March 13, 2015
  • 6th NYC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)October 12, 2015
  • *SILVER AWARD IN FOREIGN FILM COMPETITION*
    CALIFORNIA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, San Diego, CA, USA) December 30, 2015

Crew

Director
Sonja Vukovic, Christian Stahl
Screenplay
Sonja Vukovic
Producer
Christian Stahl
Director of Photography
Riza-Rocco Avsar
Editor
Johannes Fritsche
Music
Tom vonderSonne

Details

Running Time
04:50
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
BluRay, HDCam, DigiBeta, .mov, BetaSP, DVD, miniDV
Aspect Ratio
1:1,78 (16:9)
Sound
Stereo

Contact

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