THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE FILM
Richard Kroehling is an award-winning director who has produced over fifty hours of programming for television networks in the United States and Europe. He has explored various genres including documentary, fiction features, true crime, history, stand-alone specials, reality TV, music video, and video art installation.
He has been on a cinematic journey that has taken him to profound places in the human landscape: the remote desert with a cult of end timers; death row; on the trail of a serial killer; and into a harrowing dystopian sci-fi near future world inhabited by the first post-humans. His film work includes documentary, dramatic features, music video, and intimate portraits of some of the world’s renowned thinkers, as well as film and video art that looks to transcend existing forms. A director who is not afraid to face controversy and to create new work on the very edge of culture, Richard’s filmmaking style has captured haunting and emotional moments and examined the large human questions.
Richard began his career as a screenwriter and filmmaker at Binghamton University where he was a student of Hollywood director Nick Ray and Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka. Known for his strong visual sensibility and innovative story-telling, he directed A. EINSTEIN: HOW I SEE THE WORLD with William Hurt for the PBS American Masters series and the feature WORLD WITHOUT END for England’s Film Four. Richard also directed and photographed over fifty hours of crime docu-dramas and created the controversial TV series CONFESSIONS, hailed as “visionary and stunning”. Recently, he directed 2B – THE ERA OF FLESH IS OVER, a high-tech philosophical thriller set in a near future, starring James Remar (Sex in the City, Dexter, The Cotton Club)and Kevin Corrigan (The Departed, Goodfellas), with music by Michael Galasso (In the Mood For Love).
Richard’s films have been screened at film festivals, television networks and art museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City, the Jewish Museum in New York City, and the Kunsthalle in Copenhagen. Kroehling’s film, “SHADOW CASTING ME” was part of director Lars Von Trier’s Gesamt project in the 2012 Copenhagen Biennial Art Festival. His film installation “Disaster 501: What happened to Man?,” a rumination on our era, was part of the Swedish Goteborg International Film Festival 2013. Richard is currently adapting the play WAR by renowned Swedish playwright Lars Noren.
“… the most astonishing and poetic compression of grand ideas ever managed in one hour of television … a masterful film portrait… Kroehling enters Einstein’s mind with great personal cinematic style.”
– EINSTEIN, The Los Angeles Times
“...a mind-boggling and transcendent journey.”
– EINSTEIN, The Hollywood Reporter
“A movie making wild style that delivers you into a scorching, disturbing world.”
– Francesco Scarpelli, WORLD WITHOUT END, Milano Creativo
“Kroehling created a crime landscape of novelistic intensity. As in the best work of Oliver Stone we get in the minds of the main characters – sometimes simultaneously.”
– Matt Zoller Zietz, Cop Killer’s Wife, National Gannet Newspapers
“This breathtaking movie starring James Remar is as confronting as it is mesmerizing! ”
-Trenchard Smith, 2B, Sydney Film Festival and top Australian Film Critic
“…terrific, gutsy, artfully explores the epochal issues at stake.”
–2B, Ray Kurzweil, world-renowned futurist and author “The Singularity Is Near”
JANET R. KIRCHHEIMER
Janet R. Kirchheimer’s poems about the Holocaust and her family, How To Spot One Of Us (2007), received endorsements from Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Sir Martin Gilbert, and Rabbis Harold Kushner and Irving “Yitz” Greenberg (Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council), as well as renowned poets Mary Stewart Hammond, Yerra Sugarman, and Jeanne Marie Beaumont.
Janet’s multi-media collaborative exhibit with photographer Aliza Augustine about children of Holocaust survivors showcases film, poetry and photography and showed at the Kean University Human Rights Institute Gallery from January 26 – August 31, 2015.
Her current work appears in The Jewish Daily Forward, Tweetspeak and in the forthcoming anthology, Forgotten Women from Grayson Press. In 2014, her essay, “At the Water’s Edge” opened the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical Studies journal, Bearings, and Janet was awarded Honorable Mention in the String Poet Prize for her poem, "Black Ice". In 2012,she was awarded Honorable Mention in the Tupelo Press Poetry Project. She performed at the Sephardic Story Slam, part of the Sephardic Film Festival in 2011. Janet was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the 261st Signal Brigade for her work in the 2009 Multi-National Forces Days of Remembrance Holocaust Memorial Service held at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2010, she received a Citation for her work from The Council of The City of New York, was awarded Honorable Mention in the Tiferet Poetry Contest and was a finalist in the Rachel Wetzsteon Prize from the 92nd St. Y. A recipient of a Drisha Institute for Jewish Education Arts Fellowship for 2006-2007, Janet was a semi-finalist in the “Discovery”/The Nation contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Janet’s work has appeared in journals including Atlanta Review, Potomac Review, Limestone, Connecticut Review, Kalliope, Common Ground Review and on a variety of websites and anthologies. Her featured essays include “Make Your Selection, Please,” for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), and “Kristallnacht: How Will We Remember?” for The New York Jewish Week. Poems from her book have been translated and published in Russian, and she has given bilingual readings at The New York Public Library with a Russian-speaking poet.
A frequent speaker at conferences and on radio, she appeared at a program, “German-Speaking Jews and Their Lasting Impact on New York City,” co-sponsored by the Leo Baeck Institute and The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College. Janet has taught and given readings at a variety of locales including Yeshiva University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, ADL/Hidden Child Foundation, the JCC in Washington D.C., the Westover School, the YMCA, Hadassah, Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Bowery Poetry Club and KGB Bar.
A Teaching Fellow at Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Janet conducts leadership development seminars, text study, and early American-Jewish history classes, as well as workshops in which adults and teens explore their Jewishness through creative writing and poetry. She is a docent at Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in the City of New York. Janet is also on the Facing History and Ourselves speakers bureau, speaking about the Holocaust in schools. She also teaches a memoir writing workshop at the JCC in Manhattan, as well as “What’s Jewish Got To Do With It” for the Shabbat R&R series.
Lisa Rinzler has an international reputation as a cinematographer. Filming many award-winning feature films and documentaries, she has worked with Wim Wenders, Martin Scorcese and Robert Mapplethorpe.Her work includes documentaries such as DON'T BLINK (about Robert Frank),PARK AVENUE:MONEY, POWER AND THE AMERICAN DREAM, MEA MAXIMA CULPA:SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, AMERICAN PASSAGES,THE SOUL OF A MAN,and feature films such as AMERICAN MASTERS, NO DIRECTION HOME:BOB DYLAN, POLLOCK, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, MENACE II SOCIETY, TREES LOUNGE and DEAD PRESIDENTS. She shot music videos for Will Smith and Chris Isaak. Her awards include Primetime Emmy Awards, "THE SOUL OF A MAN"; Women in Film Crystal Awards, Vision Award; Independent Spirit Awards and Sundance Film Festival, “THREE SEASONS"; San Francisco International Film Festival, “IN THE HOUSE"; and Independent Spirit Awards, “MENACE II SOCIETY". Nominations include Primetime Emmy Awards, "MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD" and Cameraimage for POLLOCK. Lisa appeared and was interviewed in Women Behind the Camera and Visions of Light: the Art of Cinematography.