University of the Pacific

To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, Pacific welcomes award-winning filmmakers Eric Black (on Oct 30) and Marten Persiel (on Nov 9) to campus to discuss their highly acclaimed films addressing the fall of the Berlin Wall and its aftermath.   All events are free and open to the public.  
  • 7pm Thurs October 30—: filmmaker Eric Black will discuss his 1999 documentary After the Fall (co-directed with Frauke Sandig). Black’s film documents the mysterious, disturbing and almost complete disappearance of the Berlin Wall ten years after its fall, and has been selected for more than 40 international film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, IDFA Amsterdam, Karlovy, DOCAVIV and shown at the MOMA in New York
    • NOTE: Eric Black will also be hosting a documentary film workshop at 1pm (also Oct 30) in the Art Building Room 110.  Open to all Pacific students.

This ain't California

  • 7pm Sunday November 9—Janet Leigh Theatre: director Marten Persiel will discuss This Ain’t California (2012), an audience favorite which won the prestigious Dialogue en Perspective prize at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. Described by Variety as “Dogtown and Z-Boys meets The Lives of Others, This Ain’t California recalls life in East Germany during the 1980s from the perspective of rebellious young skateboarders who, now grown, gather together for the first time since 1989 in order to remember a dead friend. To help lead the post-film discussion and audience Q&A, Persiel will be joined by co-respondent Ines Hofmann Kanna, an independent Bay Area filmmaker whose production company, Freshly Baked Media, focuses on making social issue documentaries with independent filmmakers from around the world.  
    • Please join us for a pre-film wine-and-food reception in the Regent’s Room from 5:30-6:30pm. Theatre doors open at 6:30pm.
    • NOTE: Persiel will also be hosting a master class for film students on Tuesday November 11 from 1-2:45pm in WPC 140.  Open to all Pacific students.

Special thanks to the German Embassy, whose generous “Campus Weeks” grant made Persiel’s visit possible!