Lilja Brik featured by Rodtschenko

The New Human

As a prelude to the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the DVD edition "The New Man - A New Start and Everyday Life in Revolutionary Russia" will be released. It shows the cinematic utopias of those years of upheaval that followed the civil war and wanted to create the New Man.

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles invited to a creative industries' exchange with presentations and discussion

Can Filmmaking Be Sustainable?

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles invited to a creative industries' exchange

TATORT director is Katrin Gebbe with the investigation team led by chief inspector Ellen Berlinger alias Heike Makatsch.


The MFG film fund is backing the production of the TATORT special „Five minutes in Heaven“ as a pilot project with concern for the preservation of natural resources, Tolle Idee! is acting as advisor.
See here director Katrin Gebbe with the investigation team led by chief inspector Ellen Berlinger alias Heike Makatsch.

Ausschnitt aus dem Plakat des NaturVision-Filmfestivals 2013, Foto: Chad Cocking

Green Filmmaking

We offer consulting, development and execution of sustainable audiovisual projects. We provide advice and tips for green filmmaking processes.

Detail Poster NaturVision Film Festival 2013, Photo: Chad Cocking

Alexander Schwarz moderiert die Diskussion DEMOKRATIE UND KUNST. KUNST IN KRIEGSZEITEN zur Ausstellung TROTZ ALLEM

Democracy and Art. Art during Wartimes

Discussion with the artists for the opening of the exhibition "Despite of Everything"

Make Films, Not War - Lecture at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

Make Films Not War

Lectures, film programs and workshops in Munich and Los Angeles, based our extensive research on the history of antiwar film and pacifism. Docugame in development.

Multimediaausstellung TWICE A STRANGER

Twice a Stranger

European crossmedia project on forced migration in the 20th century. Multimedia exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, and website

Albert Einstein sailing

Einstein – A Genius and His World

The documentary film and the richly illustrated book show the many facettes of his personality

Routine and renewal in revolutionary Russia

The New Human

Released in March 2017: the DVD edition from Absolut Medien and Suhrkamp Filmedition, edited by Rainer Rother and Alexander Schwarz, with a comprehensive booklet by Alexander Schwarz.

In the wake of the far-reaching watershed in world history represented by the October Revolution, film served as a means of utopic self-projection designed to reform society and humanity. This selection of eight feature films, documentaries and animations from the period 1924-1932 – all available on DVD for the very first time – demonstrates the (idealised) image of the young Soviet state in the wake of the revolution and before the advent of Stalinism. Happy, healthy and productive members of society are held up as archetypes of the New Human, while the old and the bourgeois – depicted as alcoholics, bureaucrats or homeless people – are pushed to one side. These melodramas and comedies of everyday life convey a new image of women and the family, along with key themes of the Soviet state such as industrialisation and collective agriculture, literacy, the battle against alcoholism, and so on.

In famous films such as KINO-PRAVDA NO. 18 (Vertov, 1924), BED AND SOFA (Abram Room, 1927), FRAGMENT OF AN EMPIRE (Fridrikh Ermler, 1929), or the first Soviet talkie ROAD TO LIFE (Nikolai Ekk, 1931), as well as several newly discovered feature films and animations by David Maryan, Nikolai Khodataev and Olga Khodataeva, and Aleksandr Ptushko, all use humour and melodrama to depict everyday life and the new idealised images of women, families and heroes.

We have obtained the films from the Russian archives, translated and subtitled them, and described their context in the comprehensive accompanying booklet.

As part of the events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, Alexander Schwarz gave a presentation on the topic "Revolutionary Images: The Visual Memory of the October Revolution in the Soviet Union and the GDR" at the Erfurt Symposium on "The 1917 October Revolution: From Event to Myth", organised by the Stiftung Ettersberg, Weimar, and the Thuringian State Office for Political Education.

This was followed in autumn 2017 by presentations and film introductions on the subject of the "New Human" and on "The October Revolution in Film" at the Munich Film Museum, the Kommunales Kino Freiburg, the Münchner Volkshochschule, the cinema of the U-Centre for Art and Creativity in Dortmund and the Stadtkino Basel, as well as a panel discussion to mark 100 years since the October Revolution with Dr Alexander Schwarz, Brigitta Milde, Thomas Krüger and a performance by AMOK AMOR in Schwerin and at the Kunstforum Bochum.


Green Filmmaking in der taz Wochenende: „Muss der „Tatort" ein Klimakiller sein?" – Michael Becker, ARD/SWR, Birgit Heidsiek und Katja Schwarz zu den Möglichkeiten, Filme grün zu produzieren.

Green Producing als Chance

Tolle Idee! beim WDR: Die Journalistin Annika Schneider produzierte für „Töne, Texte, Bilder" „Green Producing als Chance". Hören Sie den Radiobeitrag mit Experteninterviews in der Mediathek.

Kino am Nullpunkt? Filmische Übergänge

Vortrags- und Filmreihe in der Münchner Volkshochschule zum frühen deutschen Nachkriegskino im aktuellen Programmschwerpunkt „Experiment Demokratie“ ab 16. Januar 2020.

Workshops for voice-over translation of TV documentaries

Since 2014 we have been running workshops for translators and budding authors together with the Sprachen- und Dolmetscher-Institut Munich. - more

The Red Dream Factory in Basel

Alexander Schwarz is teaching the seminar "The Red Dream Factory: Russian-German Film Relationships and Workers International Relief 1921-1936" at the University of Basel - mehr