Get ready to be inspired! LMU Film Students visit Leipzig for the DOK Festival
Last week our LMU Film Students traveled to Leipzig, Saxony’s biggest city, in order to be part of the annual DOK Leipzig Documentary & Animation Festival. After adjusting to the new surroundings and getting a feel for the beautiful city center, we had no problem finding our way around and especially to all the small and sometimes huge movie theaters.
The first day was a lot of sitting in the bus, almost crossing the entire width of Germany, followed by a very windy city tour and a traditional group dinner. The next two days the students were off doing what they love: watching films all day. There was something interesting to see for everyone, since DOK Leipzig is one of the biggest Film Festivals in Europe for documentary and animation films, screening 340 films from 57 countries.
Fortunately, we were able to support Beryl Magoko, our AIB production assistant, at the premiere of her new film “In Search…”, which is nominated for four different prizes and has already won the audience award. In addition, we got to meet Leena Pasanen, the festival president, and learned a lot about how a festival is run and how the films are selected.
LMU Film Student 2018 Ellis S. says, "Leipzig was one of the most unique excursions of AIB’s study abroad program. Within the week we were there, we were able to watch powerful documentaries that you wouldn’t be able to see every day, as well as absorb a lot of Leipzig’s culture. It’s a trip I’ll never forget”.
Conveniently, after being inspired by all the different phenomenal documentaries, the final day of our Leipzig excursion marked the starting point of the students’ own documentary film production. They headed off into the shooting days, gaining new experiences, making new friends, and coming back ready to edit away!
Bonn Capitals win German Baseball Championship
Last Friday, the city of Bonn held a reception for the Bonn Capitals at the Old City Hall to celebrate their successful season and the upcoming European Championship.
In mid-October, Bonn’s very own baseball team, the Bonn Capitals, won this year’s German National League Championship for the first time in the club’s history.
During the thrilling final games in the best-of-five-series, the Bonn Caps prevailed over last year’s champions, the Heidenheim Heidenköpfe, and ended their excellent season, in which they had won 40 games, with a bang!
The Bonn Capitals were founded in 1989 and are competing in the National League since 1995. Their stadium, located in Bonn’s biggest park – the Rheinaue – is a hotspot on the weekends for fun outdoor activities and great food (best burgers in town as we hear!). Baseball is one of the fastest growing sports in Germany and is getting more and more popular. Bonn is currently the state training center for Baseball, and pending the successful application of the ‘Rhein Ruhr City’ for the 2032 Olympic Games, might even become an official Olympic Training Center.
No surprise then that next year, the European Baseball Championship will be held in Bonn at the Caps’ stadium. To help with the preparations for this great event, the Capitals got some support from one of AIB’s summer programs.
In July, the Texas A&M University’s ‘Sport Business in Europe’ students helped with planning logistics, organizing volunteers, and scheduling the use of the baseball fields for the 12 teams during the Championship. Of course, they also played some ball themselves, enjoyed great food and overall had a great time supporting the Caps during their stay here! Check out the little excerpt from the Cap’s ‘GameDay Magazine’ where they thanked our students for their help! We would also like to extend our thanks for such a successful cooperation!
We look forward to another great joint project next year and hopefully a successful European Championship in Bonn!
But for now, congratulations to the Caps on such an outstanding season from AIB, the Texas A&M University ‘Sport Business in Europe’ students, and especially Paul J. Batista, the accompanying Professor from Texas A&M, who had sent out his Congrats as soon as the news reached him in Texas! (Picture credit title image: Capitals website - https://www.capitals.de/)
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LMU BUSINESS, ARTS AND COMMUNICATION AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS VISIT BERLIN AND DRESDEN
At the end of October, the LMU Engineering and Business, Arts and Communication students also had the chance of visiting the east of Germany and the cities of Berlin and Dresden.
With many interesting site visits relating to history, culture, and program-related topics, the students enjoyed themselves exploring both of these cities and it even inspired them to reflect on their own history and view of the world.
LMU Engineering student, Fosse L.’s account of the excursion to find out what impressed him most:
"This past week, the LMU Engineering and BAC programs took an excursion to Berlin and Dresden. In Berlin, we learned about the historical significance of the city and the changes it has gone through over the past century. We were impressed that the German people own up to all parts of their history, the good and the bad. It has inspired us to reflect on the history of our own country and to think about how we can educate our communities back home to ensure that the horrible history of the past does not repeat itself.
In Dresden, we were amazed at the architecture and design of the old buildings in the city. We were fortunate to see a duet piano and violin performance as well as visit the Volkswagen Factory, where many VW cars are manufactured. In the factory, we were able to use the knowledge we learned in the classroom and apply it to a real world scenario."
As part of their programs, both the PSU Landscape Architecture and the TAMU LAUP students visited the :metabolon landfill site in Lindlar.
The :metabolon landfill is a park that combines functionality, recreation and education in a unique way. Operating as a landfill site “covered” under an artificial mountain, the site also provides educational opportunities teaching about sustainability and also offers recreational activities for families, hikers, mountain bikers and anyone looking for great panoramic views from the top.
Wyatt M. describes the short excursion as follows:
“Metabolon park is an unique park that reinvents ways to deal with landfills, and create a space that is not only a landmark from a distance but that can be used for recreational activities and educational purposes. Another key element or feature of the park was that the landfill is used to create power through the harvesting of methane to create a cleaner power alternative. On top of the park was a hidden gym that had a three trampolines and a view that was absolutely astonishing. Being the highest peak in the region you had an unrivaled view of the surrounding areas.”
Remembrance during Study Abroad
SFTV students on the Study Abroad Program in Bonn had the extraordinary opportunity to take a trip to the battlefields in Northern France to mark the centenary of the longest battle of World War I.
In September 2017 [editor's note: September 2018], the Bonn film students traveled to Northern France, to the Meuse-Argonne American cemetery to honor the fallen Americans on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the biggest battle that the Americans fought during World War 1.
“This trip was significant in remembering those who have sacrificed for our country,” said Glenn Gebhard, Professor, Production Film & Television.
“Following that visit, we walked through the memorial at Verdun, where so many French and German young people lost their lives in that same war, and then to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
“Seeing the European Community Center, students were reminded that it is only in unity that wars are not necessary.”
The Study Abroad program, where LMU students go to Bonn has been a staple of international film education in LMU’s SFTV. Since the inception of the program in 2003, over 250 SFTV students have studied at our overseas facilities in conjunction with the Academy for International Education in Bonn, Germany.
Having produced hundreds of documentary films which have won innumerable international film festivals, this program is a unique opportunity for film students to understand the importance of non-fiction films and in learning production from an international perspective.
“Studying abroad is a personal experience – you learn a lot about yourself as you gain a sense of adventure and independence,” said Charlie Ozburn (Film Production ’19). Ozburn said that living in Europe for four months was an eye-opening experience that remains the highlight of his time at Loyola Marymount University.
Getting to make a documentary abroad added value to Ozburn’s personal experience. He found the film-making process in Bonn was more spontaneous and creatively liberating compared to that in Los Angeles. “You’re supported in creating your film without the hindrance of all the logistics, permits, and regulations involved in making a film in LA,” he explains.
He also claims that the environment plays a huge part in the filmmaking process. “Living in Germany, you can’t shake the constant awareness of how unique and strange the culture is when compared to our lives in LA. Making a documentary in Europe is your opportunity to explore some of these nuances and more deeply explore those that resonate with you. You have the chance to create a film that reflects your sensibilities and your individuality in a very unique way.”
The article and pictures were originally published on November 1, 2018 on the LMU School of Film and Television website - http://sftvnewsroom.lmu.edu/memories-made-study-abroad/
We at the AIB are very happy to have such a strong and successful partnership with the LMU School of Film and Television and to have so many students come to Bonn and support them in making their documentaries!