Marianne Schaefer Trench is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, produced and directed feature films, numerous documentaries and hundreds of short films for German TV and international markets. Her films consistently garner rave reviews and top ratings.
While still in Germany Marianne Schaefer Trench worked as a teacher, a painter, a video artist and a fashion stylist before becoming a full fledged film director. In 1984 she produced, wrote and directed the 35-mm theatrical release, “Tears in Florence”. This feature film, which was presented at the Berlin Film Festival and was the surprise hit at the 1985 Max Ophüls Prize competition, got national and international distribution and was shown at the Museum of Modern Art and other prestigious venues.
Schaefer Trench’s documentaries range from investigative journalism to “fly-on-the-wall” style to cinema vérité. Her short films address mainly socio-cultural subjects and trends in fine art, music, subculture and high-technology. In 1990 she directed the ground-breaking feature film “Cyberpunk,” an overview of the computer counter-culture long before it was recognized as such.
Ms. Schaefer Trench’s most important client is ZDF, Europe’s largest Television Station.
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