Marieke Schroeder  (director, BAR TALKS BY SCHUMANN) studied communication sciences, politics and law in Munich and graduated from New York University’s Film Class. She founded her own production company, Thali Media, after a long cooperation with Jan Schmidt-Garre. Schroeder’s documentaries have been shown in more than 24 countries and at film festivals in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ohio and Monte Carlo and are also available on DVD.

Her achievements include a nomination for the German Film Prize for A WOMAN AND A HALF – HILDEGARD KNEF, a nomination for the Rose d’Or at the Columbus Film Festival, as well as a nomination for Classique en images at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Désirée Nosbusch has been a successful and internationally acclaimed actress and television host for over 30 years, starting as a Radio Luxembourg host at age 12. In 1984 she hosted Grand Prix d’Eurovision de la Chanson, with over 500 million viewers worldwide. Her films include NACH MITTERNACHT, GOOD MORNING BABYLON, A WOPBOBALOOBOP, SCHREI NACH HILFE, EIN ALPTRAUM VON 3½ KILO, EINE LIEBE IN SAIGON, LOVE TRIP, TATORT/VERGISSMEINNICHT, FEINDLICHE ÜBERNAME, DER OPERNBALL, DAS GEHEIMNIS DES LEBENS, DER TOD MEINER SCHWESTER, DIE JAHRHUNDERTLAVINE, SUPERJHEMP, JUSTICE.NET. She also stars in the highly acclaimed miniseries BAD BANKS by Christian Schwochow. She has also appeared in numerous plays; next up is the monologue Your Very Own Double Crisis Club, by Sivan Ben Yishai, premiering at the Kasemattentheater in June of 2018. After Désirée Nosbusch earned a Master’s Degree in directing and film production at UCLA in Los Angeles, she directed several short films, and in 2010 she founded her production company with producer Alexandra Hoesdorff, deal productions in Luxembourg. She successfully developed, produced, directed and starred in the first Luxembourg sitcom Weemseesdet for RTL. Her debut feature documentary SUCCÈS FOX premiered at Discovery Zone – Luxembourg City Film Festival 2014. She is currently in development of her debut fiction feature film, an adaptation of the play Gift – Poison by Lot Vekemans for the big screen, with the support of the Luxembourg Film Fund.

Charles Schumann (subject, BAR TALKS BY SCHUMANN) is a legendary cocktail connoisseur. Arguably Germany’s greatest living bartender, Schumann has also influenced the cocktail scene in New York, having trained or worked with mixologists from Employees Only, Dead Rabbit, Clover Club, Milk and Honey, Blue Ribbon, King Cole Bar and many more. In addition, Schumann is the author of the book many regard as the defining resource for bartenders: The American Bar.


Nick Baker-Monteys was born in Berlin in 1964. He gained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Stirling in Scotland and worked as a journalist for different London newspapers before moving to Berlin in 1990 shortly after the Wall came down. Since then he has worked in Germany as a writer, director and script consultant on films for cinema and television and is a guest lecturer and tutor at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. His films include: PERFECT MOMENT (short, 2006), THE MAN WHO JUMPED CARS (2010), and THE FINAL JOURNEY (2017).


Lisa Blumenberg studied Literature, Journalism and Psychology and received her PhD in 1993. Throughout her time at university, she worked as an assistant director at the national theatre in Mainz as well as a TV journalist. Her career in film began soon after as a story consultant for the Saarland division of the major public broadcaster ARD.

In 1996, she joined Studio Hamburg Produktion as an Executive Producer. In the following years, she was responsible for various successful TV-shows and films, which she produced for RTL, ZDF, arte and ARD. She received the VFF TV Producers Award for “Die Frau am Ende der Straße” (NDR) in 2006.

In 2007, she became a member of the managing board of Studio Hamburg Filmproduktion. Her latest productions include critically acclaimed television films such as “Eine gute Mutter,” “Es war einer von uns” and “Vater Mutter Mörder,” as well as several episodes of the German cult-serial “Crime Scene” (original title: “Tatort”). In addition, she produced an award-winning adaptation of the bestselling novel “Neue Vahr Süd,” which was granted the Grimme Prize and the German Comedy Prize amongst many others.

Blumenberg is also creative producer of the series BLOCHIN (ZDF), as well as initiator and lead producer of the international drama series BAD BANKS.


Jakob Preuss was born in1975 in Berlin and is a documentary filmmaker. His films, shot in Iran, Bosnia, and Ukraine, have been broadcast in over ten countries and screened at numerous festivals. His last film THE OTHER CHELSEA won the First Steps Award and the Grimme Award in Germany. In addition to his activities as a filmmaker, Jakob Preuss is also engaged in political work.

He coordinated the writing of the electoral manifesto of Bündnis 90/The Green Party for the 2014 European Elections and has worked as an advisor on European Affairs for the Greens’ parliamentary group at the German Bundestag. In the past he has also worked as desk-officer for the Commonwealth of Independent States at the NGO “Reporters without Borders” and participated in numerous Election Observation Mission mostly in the former Soviet Union and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 2014 Jakob co-founded the initiative GehtAuchAnders, whereby artists engage with political issues and take a stance. Since 2014, he is regularly invited to speak as a migration expert, direct result of the four years of research conducted for WHEN PAUL CAME OVER THE SEA.

Jakob Preuss holds a law degree from the Sorbonne in Paris and a Masters Degree from the College of Europe, Natolin.

Matti Geschonneck (director, IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT) was born in 1952, son of well-known Brechtian and DEFA actor Erwin Geschonneck in Potsdam and studied directing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. Moving to West Germany in 1978, he started gathering initial practical experiences working as a directorial assistant for many years.In the early nineties, he made his cinematic directorial debut with the surreal mystery drama MOEBIUS. After that, he dedicated himself to German TV features and would direct many, often multi award-winning features.

His thriller ANGST HAT EINE KALTE HAND received the Special Prize for Directing of the Deutsche Akademie für Darstellende Künste. He is a two-time winner of the German Television Award, most recently in 2013 for DAS ENDE EINER NACHT.

He received the Student Jury Award at the Television Film Festival in Baden-Baden in 2015 as well as the Golden Camera Award in 2016 for his production EIN GROSSER AUFBRUCH.