Events | Meet The Artists Reception

Los Angeles | November 18, 2021 | 7:30 PM (PST)

Meet The Artists Reception, 7:30pm


Welcoming Reception for our current artists in residence Anna Sofie Hartmann (film), Isabelle Stever (film), Ulu Braun (film) and Sarah Szczesny (visual arts).

© Jenny Lou Ziegel

Anna Sofie Hartmann

Anna Sofie Hartmann was born 1984 in Nakskov, Denmark, she studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Today she works as a screenwriter and director.  In her films she deals with topics such as transcience, place and identity. She lives in Berlin.
Anna Sofie Hartmann is the Villa Aurora Fellow of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
Visit her website here.
© Sebastian Schrade


Isabelle Stever was born in 1963 and studied film at the DFFB. She lives in Berlin and works as a director and author. She also works as a freelance lecturer at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, the Petersburg School of New Cinema and the Moscow Film School of New Cinema.


© Ulu Braun


Ulu Braun (1976, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. Between 1996-2005 he studied film and visual arts at the University for applied Arts in Vienna, Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki and Film University Babelsberg. Since 1999 he has been exploring the field between cinema and the visual arts and has significantly influenced and developed the genres of video collage and hybrid film. His works are regularly shown at film festivals and art institutions.

His film "Das Glitzern im Barbieblut"/ "Glittering Barbieblood" (2021) is currently nominated for the German Short Film Awards.

Find his website here.

Visual Artist


Sarah Szczesny, born in Starnberg, lives and works in Cologne.Sarah Szczesny studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and graduated as a master student from Prof. Rosemarie Trockel. Szczeny’s method of dissecting, distorting and separating images, such as cartoon film elements, characterizes her collage, painting and video work. She examines the conditions of painting by stretching the medium’s boundaries through experimental interventions – for example by using gif and loop techniques as well as sound effects -, a multidimensionality is created that gives the painting character of movement and thus locates it in the tradition of cartoons. In this process of animation of collages, which is so essential for her work, Szczesny combines formal studies and citations of pop culture and art history.

Sarah Szczesny is Villa Aurora Fellow of KunstSalon Köln.

Sarah's latest work can be found here.

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520 Paseo Miramar
Los Angeles, CA 90272
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