Director, Cameraman, Editor, Photographer
Born September 1963; studied at the Academy for Film and Television in Munich (1984-1991); since 1986 free-lance author, director and DoP; lecturer at seminars on cinematography and documentary film making; worked with 16mm, S16mm, 35mm and all video formats. Being a cameraman himself, Thomas specializes in poetic, sensual films with a strong visual level for cinematic release. Although his documentary films cover a wide range of subjects, he often finds himself working with artists and the human relation to nature.
Thomas has received numerous major national and international film and television awards for directing as well as for editing and camerawork and he participated in many official sections of international film festivals. His film “Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time” was a huge success in cinemas around the globe and earned him worldwide recognition.
Since October 2006, he has taught regularly at Filmakademie Ludwigsburg, Germany.
In 2008, Thomas and Stefan Tolz founded the production company Filmpunkt GmbH.
In 2009/2010, he taught film for one year at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada.
In 2012 and 2015, he was invited to exhibit a series of photographs at a solo exhibition in Mexico City and in Munich.
Thomas Riedelsheimer lives in Munich, is married and has two children. He is a member of the German and European Film Academy.
2014 Jury Award, Montreal FIFA (International Film Festival for Films on Art)
2013 Adolf Grimme Award (Best Documentary on German TV)
2013 Green Tenacity Award, San Francisco
2013 NatureVision Special Jury Prize, Ludwigsburg, Germany
2010 Prize of the Union of German Cinemas
2005 German Filmprize “Lola” Best Sound Design
2004 BAFTA Award Scotland (British Academy for Film and TV)
2004 Golden Dove Leipzig
2004 Prix Semaine de la Critique Locarno
2003 2 x German Filmprize "Lola - Best Camera and Best Documentary“
2003 Best Documentary, San Diego Critics Circle
2002 Best Documentary, German Film Critics Association
2002 Best Documentary, San Francisco Critics Circle
2002 Golden Gate Award and Grand Prize, San Francisco
2002 Grand Prix, Montreal FIFA
2001 German Camera Prize
1998 Film Award, Munich
1993 German Video Art Award
1993 Adolf-Grimme Award (Best Documentary on German TV)
Credits as Director, Director of Photography, Editor (selection)
Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy
Scotland/Germany 2016/ , 92min, Skyline Productions with Filmpunkt GmbH
The Colour of Yearning
Germany 2016/ 92min, Filmpunkt GmbH and Skyline Productions
Be Invited – An Internet Project with 56 Short Films Running From Dec 2013 - Dec 2014
Private Investors, still online under www.be-invited.de
Breathing Earth – Susumu Shingu ´s Dream
D/Scotland 2012, 93min Super 16mm, Filmpunkt GmbH and Skyline Productions
Jardin en el Mar – Cristina Iglesias
Mexico/D 2011, 68min, DVCPro HD, Fundea, Mexico with Filmquadrat.art
Seelenvögel („Soul Birds“) Pauline, Lenni and Richard
Germany 2009, 90min, DVCPro HD, WDR and BKM
„Alison Watt – A Painter´s Eye“
Scotland 2008, 30min, DVCPro HD, Skyline Ltd, Edinburgh for the BBC
Touch the Sound – A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie
D/UK 2004, 98 min, col., 35mm (S16mm); Prod: Filmquadrat with Skyline Productions for BR,ARTE, YLE, FFF, FFA, BKM, NW and Scottish Screen, International theatrical and TV release
Beyond the Horizon – Timbuktu and the Delta of the Niger
D/UK 2003, 2x43min, col., Digi Beta; Prod: Filmquadrat GbR for BR
Rivers and Tides - Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time
D/UK 2000, 90 min, col., S16mm, director, camera; Prod: Mediopolis, Co-Prod: Skyline Productions for ARTE, YLE, FFF, Filmboard Berlin and Scottish Screen, International theatrical and TV release.
Metamorphoses (Metamorphosen) - Three Encounters with Death
Germany 1997/98, 45 and 93 min, col., Digi Beta 16:9, ZDF and 3 Sat
Lhasa and the spirit of Tibet (Lhasa und der Geist Tibets)
Germany 1996/97, 60 min, col., Digi Beta 16:9, BR
“Floating means Love” ("Schweben heißt Lieben”) - Three People Beyond Normality
Germany 1994, 80min, col., 16mm, ARTE, ZDF "Das kleine Fernsehspiel", 3Sat
Government on Air – The Staging of a World Economic Summit
Germany 1992, 63min, sw, 16mm, in collaboration with M. Beger & M. Schwerbrock, ZDF, 3Sat
The Brides of Christ (Sponsae Christi) -The Lives of Three Young Ordained Nuns;
Germany 1991/92, 68min, col., 16mm, ZDF "Das kl. Fernsehspiel“
“You will shoot then” ("Dann werden Sie schon schießen...") - Three Months of Basic Training in the National Army; D, 1988/89, 60min, col, Highband
Dr. Kathrin Stengel
Author, Philosopher, Publisher
Kathrin Stengel, Ph.D., cofounder and president of Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc., Studio & Publishing, studied philosophy at the Universities of Leuven (Belgium), Munich, and Konstanz (Germany).
She has taught philosophy at Seattle University and the Rhode Island School of Design, and has published widely on ethics, aesthetics, and epistemology, including Yoga for the Mind: A New Ethic for Thinking and Being & Meridians of Thought (with Michael Eskin) and Das Subjekt als Grenze (The Subject as Threshold) — a comparative study on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language and Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of perception. For her book November Rose: A Speech on Death — a philosophical meditation on loss, grief, and survival — she received an Independent Publisher Book Award in 2008.
A frequent guest on radio programs throughout the US and Europe, Kathrin Stengel has created and produced international philosophical events, including ‘What is Space? A Philosophical Inquiry into Space and the Imagination’, ‘About Style: A Philosophical Meditation on the Question of Style’, and ‘On Imagination: A Philosophical Studio’ (all three at the Rhode Island School of Design), as well as ‘Thinking and Experiencing Space’ (Germany), ‘Philosophical Walks with Nietzsche’ (Switzerland), ‘Pain and Beauty in Philosophy and the Arts’ (Seattle University), and ‘Image and Music: Improvisations on the 14 Stations’ for the Interfaith Assembly for Homelessness and Housing in New York City (in collaboration with David Michalek and Christoph Hammer), video documentation of which was on display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2005. For many years, Kathrin has also taught Vipassana Meditation and practiced Jin Shin Jyutsu. She lives in New York City with her husband and has three sons.
2014 Living Now Book Award
2008 Independent Publisher Book Award