Head of Berlinale Panorama since 1992, he initiated, together with Manfred Salzgeber, the Teddy Award. He is author and producer of numerous film productions and directed, among others, ESCAPE TO LIFE: THE ERIKA AND KLAUS MANN STORY. He has also worked for European film institutions and taught at universities.
American filmmaker, famous for his Trash Trilogy films PINK FLAMINGO, FEMALE TROUBLE and DESPERATE LIVING. He is currently a professor of Cinema and Sub-cultural Studies at the European Graduate School. THIS FILTHY WORLD, a documentary on Waters, was in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2007.