FEMMEfille was made up of many people that made it possible for this film to exist. I'm eternally grateful to Kathrin Brinkman, my commissioning editor at ARTE/ZDF, who waved her magic wand and brought this film into existence.
Director: Kiki Allgeier
Kiki Allgeier is a filmmaker specializing in both visceral and artistic documentary as well as hyper-stylized analog worlds. She has shot in over 15 countries with the hope of understanding the human experience from as many cultures as possible. Being in the world of art and commerce for over ten years, she honed her craft working alongside artists such as: Lawrence Weiner, Sam Green, Julika Rudelius, Ralph Gibson, Morgan Spurlock, Fredrik Gertten and curator Jerome Sans. She has created films and videos for brands such as: Le Labo, Kate Spade, Rodarte, Soul Pancake, The Creative Class Group and American Express.
EDITOR: Gesa Marten
Having studied in Paris and Munich, Gesa then graduated from Cologne University in Dramatics, German Literature and Philosophy (Master of Arts Degree). As a freelance film editor Gesa Marten has since 1991 edited more than 60 films - feature films including “Fräulein Stinnes travels the world” (2008) or “LowLights” (2009) as well as documentaries including “pereSTROIKA - reCONSTRUCTION of a flat” (2009), „The Order of Things“ (2013) or „The Last Gigolos“ (2014). She is very much committed to her work as a dramatic advisor specialising in feature-length documentary film and documentary series. Her work was several times nominated or awarded as Best Edit (German Television Award in 2000, German Camera Award in 2004 and 2006, Filmplus Editing Award in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2014). Gesa has taught at various film schools since 1996 (Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Berlin University of the Arts, ZeLIG Bolzano, Baltic Film and Media School Tallinn et al.). From 2014 to 2017 Gesa is teaching at the Film University Babelsberg. She is a member of the European Film Academy EFA and the German Film Academy. Gesa lives in Cologne and Potsdam close to Berlin.
COMPOSER: Masami Tomihisa
Japan-born Masami Tomihisa is a New York based composer and sound improviser. Her work often includes collaborations with visual artists, filmmakers, choreographers and other musicians. Tomihisa's most recent work is a composition for solo piano, "Nocturne for a River".
COMPOSER: Andreas Bjørck
Originally hailing from Norway, Andreas Bjørck currently resides in Boston, where he works as a freelance composer, producer and remix artist. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a degree in Film Scoring and Electronic Production and Design. He is a former staff composer, sound designer and engineer Verité Music, one of the premier commercial music houses in Boston. As a composer, Andreas has specialized in scoring documentaries for film and television. He has also scored a wide variety of short films, corporate/educational videos and advertising/promo work. His most recent work includes the score to “FEMMEfille”, a feature length documentary by acclaimed director Kiki Allgeier, and the PBS/NOVA documentary special “Hunting The Elements”. As a producer his credits include producing and co-writing the critically acclaimed album “Verdugo Hills” for indie-electronic artist Caroline, released on Temporary Residence Ltd. He has also produced tracks with the NYC-based band Measure, singer-songwriter Laura DiStasi and human beat-box phenomenon Andrew Chaikin, a.k.a Kid Beyond. Andreas also currently serves on the faculty of the Film Scoring department at Berklee College of Music.
PRODUCER: Gerd Haag
After studying theater, film and television, philosophy and social psychology in Cologne and Bonn he initially works as author and freelance editor for literature programs at the WDR (German public broadcasting station). 1979 he establishes TAG/TRAUM filmproduction in Cologne, mainly as a director of feature films and documentaries. In the mid-1990s he switched his focus to creative producing of documentary films, TV movies and feature films. Until today TAG/TRAUM filmproduction produces international co-productions for cinema and TV as well as TV documentaries – mostly in the fields of social issues, culture and history.
In addition to his profession as producer at TAG/TRAUM Gerd Haag is a devoted teacher for young film professionals. After teaching at the dffb in Berlin the 1980s, he now is professor of "Creative Producing" at the international film school in Cologne - ifs.