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Smoking Hot: The Wide World of Web Series

10.02.2015 - Katja Blichfeld, Ben Sinclair, Florian Weghorn

    Bite-sized, punchy and readily available on your devices, web series are a thing of economy and substance that are here to stay. Not created for the big screen, and tailored to different kinds of viewership, web series defy the limitations of more traditional formats. Cocreators, writers and directors Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair will lead a case studyon the idea, development, production and audience reception of their cult web series HIGH MAINTENANCE. Showing episodes from the series as well as other visual materials from its development and production, Blichfeld and Sinclair will discuss how the web series format is conducive for testing new ideas as well as production and distribution models rather free from the structures of classic filmmaking.



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    Katja Blichfeld


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    Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair are a married writing/directing duo, based in Brooklyn, NY. Their first collaboration, HIGH MAINTENANCE, has been recognized as one of the best web series by The New Yorker, Slate, EW, Time, & others. Katja, an Emmy-winning casting director (30 ROCK), and Ben, editor, actor and star of High Maintenance, also produce the series.


    Ben Sinclair


    photo of Ben Sinclair
    Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair are a married writing/directing duo, based in Brooklyn, NY. Their first collaboration, HIGH MAINTENANCE, has been recognized as one of the best web series by The New Yorker, Slate, EW, Time, & others. Katja, an Emmy-winning casting director (30 ROCK), and Ben, editor, actor and star of High Maintenance, also produce the series.


    Florian Weghorn


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    Florian Weghorn is the Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents. Together with Christine Tröstrum, he heads the initiative and advises its seven international offshoots and its alumni network. He holds an MA in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Cologne. He joined Berlinale Generation in 2002, serving as co-director and curator from 2008 to 2014, and is a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. He has written and edited several publications on film and youth culture.


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