Presentation and Discussion Can Filmmaking be Sustainable?

Filmstill Tatort Freiburg © Felix Meinhard

Wed, 11/09/2016

19:00 Uhr

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

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Historically, filmmakers have played an important role in raising awareness about critical social issues, including environmental threats from climate change and over exploitation of resources. Like any other large industry, film production creates climate debt.  As more and more production companies and talents like Leonardo di Caprio, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Sally Potter, Rachael Joy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Douglas have begun to undertake measures to alleviate the damage to our ecosystem, one question that arises is “How can films be produced in a sustainable way? “

Some immediate and obvious solutions include finding shooting locations that are close to each other, eliminating the need to travel long distances between locations, working closely with local suppliers and caterers and utilizing a new generation of lights that use significantly less energy on the film set. There are however many more ideas and approaches that can be implemented in nearly every aspect of film making. The Producer’s Guild of America’s Green Production Guide and The American University in Washington, D.C.’s  Code of Best Practices for Sustainable Filmmaking are considered the “bible” of green film production.
At the Goethe-Institut, consultants Katja Schwarz, and Michael Kaliski will join producers Pascal Nothdurft, and Michael Geidel, for a panel discussion focusing on innovative and sustainable solutions in film production, providing perspectives from the world’s creative capitals: Berlin and Hollywood.

A reception will follow the discussion.
Katja Schwarz has extended the Tolle Idee! network's offer and expertise in the field of ‘Sustainability in media development and production’, i.e. coaching and writing for filmmakers, festivals and institutions. As sustainability consultant she is advising architects in all questions regarding green offices.
Pascal Nothdurft is creative producer at the production company Ziegler Film in Germany. In 2015 he worked on the episode “Fünf Minuten Himmel” (Five Minutes of Heaven) of the renowned primetime TV crime series “Tatort” (Crime Scene). Produced as a pilot project for “green shooting”, the project sought to identify the relevant factors for effective reduction of the eco footprint of German TV productions.

Michael Geidel is a German film and interactive producer. He co-founded Germans research-backed Green Film Initiative and worked on the German sustainable media production guideline, teaches about the topic and connects stakeholder in Europe and worldwide. He co-produced the action-adventure film ‘The Stolen’ that applied Green Film Making best practices and is being part of AFM 2016. (He will join the session via video conference.)
Michael Kaliski is the founder and CEO of Good Planet Media. GPM’s mission is to represent sustainable, fair trade and cruelty free brands in order to integrate them into globally-distributed commercial films, television shows and other media platforms. Providing consultation and hands on, Good Planet finds sustainable solutions for every department, from art department to catering and post-production.

John Gresch is ARRI Inc.'s VP, Lighting Products for the Americas. Headquartered in Munich, ARRI is the world's largest motion picture equipment manufacturer. 
He is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), an instructor of various lighting topics for IATSE 728 (Studio Lighting Technicians) Safety & Training program and lecturer for other union, trade, and educational groups.
John is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and serves on the advisory committee for their Masters of Entertainment Industry Management program(MEIM). 

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