Sonia Kennebeck is an independent documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist with more than 15 years of directing and producing experience. She has directed eight television documentaries and more than 50 investigative reports. Most recently, she completed her first feature-length documentary, National Bird, a film about the U.S. drone war which was executive produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris and premiered in the prestigious Specials Section of the Berlin Film Festival 2016 and was also selected for Tribeca, Sheffield and IDFA, among many other festivals. National Bird will open in theaters in the U.S. and Europe in November and will be broadcast on PBS in spring 2017. Filmmaker Magazine selected Sonia Kennebeck as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2016. Sonia Kennebeck received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. She was born in Malacca, Malaysia and lives in New York.
Ines Hofmann Kanna
Ines Hofmann Kanna has been a television producer and director for the past twenty years. She began her career at Boston’s PBS station, WGBH, where she worked for ten years, most notably on the hit series Antiques Roadshow. She has also served as Supervising Producer for ITVS, the Independent Television Service, guiding more than thirty filmmakers from production to broadcast, and was the Series Producer on two ITVS documentary series, Global Voices and Women Of The World. She now focuses on making social-issue documentaries with independent filmmakers. Ines Hofmann Kanna has a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She was born and raised in East Germany.
Director of Photography
Torsten Lapp has 25 years of experience filming and producing investigative news reports and documentary films. He often works on highly sensitive stories and has covered conflicts around the world, including those in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia. Torsten Lapp has photographed numerous award-winning documentaries and is best known for his unique and artistic visual style that challenges the technical capabilities of his cameras. He studied photography at the Bavarian State Institute for Photography, and politics, law and philosophy at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.
Maxine Goedicke most recently edited Wim Wenders’ new documentary The Salt of the Earth, which received a 2015 Academy Award nomination and the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Her previous documentary This Ain’t California won the Dialogue en perspective prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012, a German Camera Award promotional prize for editing in 2013, and the Nashville Film Festival Special Jury Prize. She has worked with Wim Wenders for many years and was assistant editor for his 3D documentary, Pina. In addition to her work in film, Maxine Goedicke also edits commercials for multinational brands.
Insa Rudolph is an accomplished composer and jazz singer with a very unique voice, who has written and recorded soundtracks for award-winning narrative independent films and theater performances. Her compositions are inspired by unusual sounds and combine the familiar and the unknown to create unexpected new soundscapes. Insa Rudolph is a founding member, musical director and stage musician for the independent theater group werkgruppe2. She recently composed the score for director Sonia Kennebeck’s documentary Sex – Made in Germany.
Wim Wenders came to international prominence as one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema in the 1970s and is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary German film. In addition to his many prize-winning feature films, his work as a scriptwriter, director, producer, photographer and author also encompasses an abundance of innovative documentary films, international photo exhibitions and numerous monographs, film books and prose collections. He has directed such iconic films as Paris, Texas; Wings of Desire; and the Oscar-nominated documentaries Buena Vista Social Club and Pina. His most recent documentary film, The Salt of the Earth, was nominated for the 2015 Academy Awards. To honor his lifetime achievement, Wim Wenders received an Honorary Golden Bear at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. He lives and works in Berlin, together with his wife Donata Wenders.
Errol Morris is one of the most renowned documentary directors in the United States. His films have won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, an Emmy, the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Horse at the Taiwan International Film Festival and the Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America. Film critic Roger Ebert has said about Errol Morris: “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more … Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” He has received five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.