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Werner Schmiedel is an award-winning video artist, documentary filmmaker and photographer. He studied Photography (Professor Erich vom Endt) at the University Folkwangschule in Essen, Germany.
As a filmmaker, he co-photographed and edited Hannah Heer's documentary film, "Kol Ishah - The Rabbi is a Woman", which opens a window into the world of four diverse women rabbis. His previous film work includes the groundbreaking feature length documentary films, "The Art of Remembrance-Simon Wiesenthal" and "The Other Eye"; both films were produced by Hannah Heer and Werner Schmiedel. "The Art of Remembrance" has an original score by John Zorn and was short-listed for an Oscar in 1996.
Werner Schmiedel's films and videos have been invited to prestigious international festivals, such as the Telluride Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Worldwide Video Festival in The Hague, the San Francisco Video Festival, the Bombay Film Festival, the Sao Paulo Film Festival, and many others. His work is also shown at Colleges, Libraries, Community Centers, Synagogues and Museums, and is represented in public and private collections in the USA and in Europe.
Werner Schmiedel's work has been reviewed in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the Hollywood Reporter, the New York Times, Variety, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, and many others both in the USA and in Europe.
1986 Red Ribbon Award for Best Video at the Video Festival in Columbus, Ohio for ELE-VA-TOR
|Video works, including:
2012 GOLD - Variation (in collaboration with Hannah Heer)
2007 THE BEACH
1994 A SOLO WALK TROUGH... (II)
1988 ON MEMORY (in collaboration with Hannah Heer)
1985 STOP AND GO
1983-85 GOLD (in collaboration with Hannah Heer) video and installation
1983 LIFE NOT AS FILM BEFORE THE EYES 16mm
1982 TOWARDS THE EARTH/ TOWARDS THE SKY
1982 HAMBURG-NEW YORK 2-ch-installation
1980 UNTERWEGS IN DEUTSCHLAND
1979 A SOLO WALK...(I)
|Documentary films, including:
2010 KOL ISHAH
- The Rabbi is a Woman (DVCam,
38min, Director/Producer: Hannah Heer)
ART OF REMEMBRANCE: SIMON WIESENTHAL (16mm, 95 min, Director/Producer:
OTHER EYE (16mm, 125 min, Director/Producer: Hannah Heer)
(Video, 60 min)
1981 SIEBEN GÄRTNER IN DER WÜSTE (Video,
Kijkhuis, Den Haag, Holland
JUDEN UND FILM “Die Kunst des Erinnerns”, 2005, Eleonore Lappin, Mandelbaum Verlag, Wien
INDELIBLE SHADOWS (3rd Edition), Annette Insdorf, Cambridge University Press, 2003
KUNST IN DUSSELDORF, 1988, Helge Meister
VIDEOKUNST IN NRW, 1988, 235 Media, Eckhard Wirths
VIDEO KRIJGT DE RUIMTE IN HAAGS MUSEUM, De Volkskrant, Pauline Terreehorst, Sept 14, 1985
VIDEO IN DUSSELDORF, 1984, Georg F. Schwarzbauer, Ursula Wevers