Events | Welcoming Reception

Los Angeles | May 4, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Meet the Spring Fellows 2016


Jam Rostron

Jam Rostron aka PLANNINGTOROCK comprises alternating sound coloration as well as mask and light installations. Her debut album "Have It All" was released on Chicks on Speed Records in 2006. Together with Mouns Sims and The Knife, PLANNINGTOROCK realized the opera "Tomorrow, In a Year" for the Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma in 2010. In the same year, PLANNINGTOROCK toured with the LCD Soundsystem and signed a record deal with DFA Records. In 2014, she released "All Love's Legal" on Human Level Records.

On May 4th it's time for "Lets Talk About Gender Baby"

Jam will talk about her last album "All Love's Legal" and screen two music videos to illustrate her on going pursuit to use her music and video's to discuss gender politics and heavy issues such as Misogyny and Patriarchy

Listen to PLANNINGTOROCK here and on Soundcloud


Tatjana Turanskyj

Since the mid-90s Tatjana Turanskyj has been working in theatre productions, performance- and video art. She was a founding member of Berlin women's film collective hangover Ltd.* (2001-2007), in all of whose 5 films Tatjana Turanskyj performed, and acted as a co-writer and co-director (REMAKE winning 1st Prize at Oberhausen in 2005). Since 2008 Turanskyj is a partner in turanskyj&ahlrichs*** GbR. Her acclaimed and award winning film The Drifters (Eine flexible Frau) is her first project with producers turanskyj&ahlrichs*** and had successful runs at more than 15 international festivals, such as Berlinale, Gothenburg and Cannes.

Her second film TOP GIRL was premiered in 2014 at the 64th Berlin Film Festival Berlinale/Forum and had a theatrical release in Brazil.

She is co-founder of the ProQuote Regie initiative aiming at equality for female directors in film and television.

In 2010 she started a film trilogy about women and work in our society. She will explore these topics and explain her technique in a brief "lecture performance".


Burhan Qurbani 

German-born Burhan Qurbani is the son of political refugees from Afghanistan.

His graduation film Shahada tells the story of three muslims in Berlin during the month of Ramadan. Qurbani's goal was to give the discrepancies between the German and Islamic culture a cinematic outlet. Shahada premiered in the competition of the 60th Berlin Filmfestival in 2010. With his film "Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark" (We are young. We are strong) from 2014, Burhan Qurbani traces the small ridge between the loss of identity resulting in an escape into an ideology with a promise of perspectives for the future. It is the picture of a lost generation shortly after German Unification.

Burhan Qurbani lives in Berlin, Stuttgart and Helsinki. In addition to being a filmmaker he sang in the English-speaking rock band Pretty Used.

May 4th, Qurbani is showing scenes from his latest movie "We are young. We are strong." and will talk briefly about his adaptation of Alfred Döblin's novel "Berlin Alexanderplatz".

Watch the trailer of "We are young. We are strong" here 

visual artist

Luise Schröder

Luise Schröder is a visual artist based in Leipzig, Germany, where she studied Photography and Media Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts from 2004-2013.

Within her artistic practice she is dealing with aspects of "history in the making" from a today's perspective and how cultures of remembrance and commemoration are influenced and formed by media and image production.

For the reception she is going to present her current project: "Shaping the Myth".

To see some of Luise Schröder's work online click here

Admission is free
RSVP mandatory via or 310.454-4231 
Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Los Angeles, CA 90272
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