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People you should know: Tue Steen Müller

There are some people everybody in the documentary business should know. So that's why I will start to introduce you to some of the doc legends! I will start with Tue Steen Müller my Danish friend and mentor. Its not a coincidence that he was given the EDN award this year in Thessaloniki at the doc festival for an outstanding contribution to the European documentary culture.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you do not know him already let me introduce you to Tue Steen Müller.
He is the one who encouraged and inspired me to get involved in this lovely field, and for that I owe him a lot! Thank you Tue!

Born 1947. Danish. He worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board - as press secretary, head of distribution and information and as a commissioning editor. He's co-founder of Balticum Film and TVFestival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. He has travelled to European short and documentary festivals often to be seated as a jury member. He has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 30 countries. In 2004 he was awarded the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. In 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. From 1996 until 2005 he was director of EDN (European Documentary Network). He has written articles for national and international newspapers and magazines. From 2006 he has been a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. From September 2007-2013 he taught at the Zelig Documentary Film School, Bolzano, Italy. He writes (almost) daily about documentaries in English on www.filmkommentaren.dk


The winners at DOK Leipzig 2012

The winners at DOK Leipzig 2012 are out! Read all about it.

From the German films I saw at the Leipzig screenings I really liked two:
The Last Catch, by Markus CM Schmidt, about the European bluefin tuna - overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea and the situation of the fishermen, who are also facing extinction. After watching this film I think twice about sushi... 

The other film I liked is The Venice Syndrome by Andreas Pichler. It's a feature-length documentary about the consequences of mass tourism in Venice and the remains of urban life in this lovely city. The film argues that in 2030 there will be none of the 58,000 inhabitants living in Venice today. An elegy to the last Venetians and a thriller about the consequences of tourism. And a universal story: quite a few fantastic places around the world are faced with the same issues.  Watch the official trailer.