DOCUMENTARIES FOR CINEMA:

HEART OF SKY | HEART OF EARTH (98 min., 35mm) 2011, HDCAM, Co-Production with ZDF/3SAT, ITVS, Theatrical release in Germany and Japan. Screened at 112 international film festivals (including IDFA Masters Section, DokLeipzig, Vancouver IFF, Thessaloniki Doc FF, Margaret Mead FF) winning 15 awards including: •First Prize at the largest environmental festival in the Americas, Toronto’s Planet in Focus.• Won awards or opened every human rights festival in both Central and South America.• First Prize in every Indigenous film festival where it has screened in Canada and given the three top awards in Montréal’s “Terres en Vues” • Opening Film at the Muestra de Cine International, Guatemala. • First Prize, Pukañawi award, in Bolivia, the other country in Latin America with the highest percentage of indigenous peoples.www.heart-of-sky.com, www.herzdeshimmels-herzdererde.de

FROZEN ANGELS (93 min.), premiered on Sundance International Film Festival in 2005, “a mesmerizing work that is not so much a science film as a startling conduit into the future of the American Dream, where “perfect children” can be added to the shopping list. In their visually enthralling documentary, Eric Black and Frauke Sandig brilliantly evoke an atmosphere of familiar otherworldliness as they survey the field of assisted human-reproductive technologies.” (Shari Frilot, SIFF). Other festivals and awards include Winner of the Prix du Public at Visions de Réel, Nyon, Winner of the Prix de Cinephage Creteil, Paris, Special Jury Mention at FICCO, Mexico City, International Competition at HotDocs Toronto, Competition at DokLeipzig, Mill Valley International Film Festival, Sheffield International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Guang Zhou International. Film Festival, China. Opening film at the Dokumentarfilmfestival Kassel, Preselection German Film Award, nominated for the World TV Award Banff, and chosen as one of twelve of the best documentaries worldwide by the International Documentary Association for Academy Award qualification. It was broadcast on public television worldwide including PBS in the United States. The film was released theatrically in Germany by Piffl Medien. Read synopsis…

AFTER THE FALL (1999), our first film together, documented the mysterious, disturbing and almost complete disappearance of the Berlin Wall ten years after its fall. The film was awarded the German Camera Prize and a Golden Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Translated into thirteen languages, it was broadcast on public television worldwide including PBS / ITVS. It was selected for more than 40 international film festivals, including Berlin Int. Film Festival, IDFA Amsterdam (Int. Competition), Karlovy Vary (Int. Competition), DOCAVIV (Int. Competition) and MOMA New York. Read synopsis…

hos Frauke Sandig (director, producer) was born in Germany. After studying Drama and German Literature in Erlangen, she has worked as a television producer and documentary director of more than thirty documentaries, including In the Same Boat, WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT, THE MAN WHO FELL FROM GERMANY, KRAKOWSTORIES OF A CITY, the documentary series, STRANGERSYOUNG IMMIGRANTS IN GERMANY, which was nominated for the Adolf Grimme Award in Germany and TRANSIT CAMP FRIEDLAND. Her feature length documentary OSKAR & JACK told the story of twins, separated at birth, who grew up in completely different worlds: one raised as a Jew, the other as a Nazi. The film was screened on numerous international film festivals, shown on public television worldwide and awarded a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Int. Film Festival. She is a member of the German Film Academy.

Eric Black (director, producer, director of photography) was born in Ohio. He attended schools in Columbus, Ohio and Florence, Italy and High School in West Berlin. He graduated with a triple-major in Photography, Political Economy and Anthropology with Honors at the University of California and the Chancellor’s Award for Art for his photographs of Northern Ireland and attended the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. The first film he shot (also in black and white) won the Student Academy Award for Western States. He has shot many documentaries since and worked twice with the American Director Jon Jost in Rome. He was awarded a stipendium at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. He was the runner up for the cinematography award at Sundance in 2005 and is currently in the process of publishing a book of his black and white photographs.