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Smoking Hot: The Wide World of Web Series

10.02.2015 - Katja Blichfeld, Ben Sinclair, moderated by 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.



    Moderated by

    Florian Weghorn


    photo of Florian Weghorn

    Florian has been the programme manager of Berlinale Talents since 2014. Together with Christine Tröstrum he is responsible for the yearly summit in Berlin and the further development of the six offshoots of Berlinale Talents worldwide. Florian studied theatre, film and television studies at the University of Cologne, and gained a master’s degree majoring in the ‘Visual Language of Melancholy in Film’. Florian joined the Berlin International Film Festival in 2002, initially working for the Generation section. From 2008 to 2014 he served as the section’s co-director and as a curator of its short and feature-length film programmes. He is also a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. Apart from the Berlinale, Florian worked for other international film festivals and cultural institutions. He is an author and editor of several publications addressing film and youth culture.


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