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A Pure Place

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A Pure Place

feature film
Germany | 2020 | tba
directed by Nikias Chryssos
produced by Violet Pictures UG
in co-production with ZDF Das Kleine Fernsehspiel

Paul and Irina grow up on a remote Greek island - as part of a religious community. When their guru wants Irina to himself, Paul begins to rebel against a totalitarian system.

www.violet-pictures.com

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Kids Run

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Kids Run

feature film
Germany | 2019 | 90 minutes
directed by Barbara Ott
produced by FLARE FILM GmbH

original score by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges

27-year old Andi had a difficult childhood - and is now a divorced father. When he is in desperate need of money, he returns to his ex-wife, begging her to help him out. She does - by giving him money that belongs to her boyfriend, who doesn't take very long to figure this out. He gets into a fight with Andi, who still seems to be in love with his girl and now suddenly has to worry about custody, too...
70th Berlin International Film Festival - Perspektive Deutsches Kino - World Premiere

www.flare-film.com

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Space Dogs

documentary
Österreich, Deutschland | 2019 | 90 Minuten
directed by Elsa Kremser & Levin Peter produced by RAUMZEITFILM Produktion OG
in co-production with IT WORKS! Medien GmbH

Music by John Gürtler

Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Following her trace, and filmed from a dog’s perspective, SPACE DOGS accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow. Their story is one of intimate fellowship but also relentless brutality, and is interwoven with unseen archive material from the Soviet cosmic era. A magical tale of voyagers scouting for unknown spaces.
"Space Dogs is undoubtedly a total work of art - a foreshadowing of a near future in which man is no longer the center of the world, but rather a species among many others. Must-See!" Joachim Kurz | KINO-ZEIT (DE)

„Undoubtedly the most exciting film in Locarno: A philosophical, deep film that does what cinema has to do: showing unseen images." Rüdiger Suchsland | DEUTSCHLANDFUNK (DE)

"As crazy as poetic - this is an incredible experience and probably unforgettable. This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this Locarno Festival.” Nicolas Bardot | LE POLYESTER (FR)



WORLD PREMIERE AT THE 72ND LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL 2019
DokLeipzig 2019 - International Programme
Viennale 2019
34° Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar Del Plata
Mostra Internacional de Cinema São Paulo
KOMPOSITIONS-FÖRDERPREIS DOK.FEST MUNICH 2016

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Veins of the World

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Veins Of The World

feature film
Germany, Mongolia | 2019
directed by Byambasuren Davaa
produced by Basis Berlin Filmproduktion
MongolTV (Co-Producer)

music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

Amar is 13 years old - and suffers from a condition that will leave him blind very soon. On top of this, he has to fight for his father's workshop - which is in danger of being closed down.
70th Berlin International Film Festival - Generation - World Premiere

byambaa.de

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System Crasher

feature film
Germany | 2019 | 120 minutes
directed by Nora Fingscheidt produced by kineo Filmproduktion & Weydemann Bros. GmbH
a co-production with Oma Inge Film and
ZDF/ Das kleine Fernsehspiel.

«The music in SYSTEM CRASHER is modern, virtuosic, impulsive and surprising. John Gürtler has transformed the unspeakable into music. Where words are no longer possible, his film music manages to function as a non-verbal language, reflecting the inside of the protagonist and carrying the viewer along with it.» Jurybegründung der European Film Academy

«'System Crasher' marks my fourth collaboration with Nora. Just as for her previous projects, we discussed the score in an early stage and I wrote and produced all music prior to shooting or at the start of the editing process. We worked hard on developing a specific sound for a couple of key moments in the film such as the café scene, the car scene, where we witness how the relationship between Benni and Micha further develops, or the moment when Benni escapes: those needed a quite different musical approach - from a tender whistle theme, to rather energetic electronic tracks to more experimental saxophone improvisations. All of these different ideas and mini worlds - from fast-paced electronica to explosive free jazz drums, children's music, EDM pop and even free spirited kraut rock - come together for brief moments in a number of cues. As those different ideas and sounds reappear, we keep the score from falling apart. Having known Nora for close to ten years, meant the scoring process was pretty intimate where almost all musical decisions were made between us and the editor Stephan Bechinger. Nora and Stephan were working on increasing the pace of the movie and I encouraged them to abruptly end the scenes with music by just cutting them off hard. That way you got propelled into the next scene and have little time to reflect - together with the sound design it gives the whole viewing process quite a physical feel.» John Gürtler in a recent interview.

music by John Gürtler
in collaboration with John Schröder, Andi Haberl, Schulz&Söhne and many more

Nora Fingscheidt’s Systemsprenger (System Crasher) outlines the story of nine-year-old Benni, a problem child whose mother, unable to cope, hands her over to the authorities. But Benni proves resistant to all corrective measures – that is, until social worker Micha decides to risk establishing a personal relationship with the child and in doing so crosses a line.
"European Original Score 2019" by the European Film Academy
Nora Fingscheidt's debut feature premiered at this year's 69th Berlinale as part of the official competition
Creative Energy Award (Nora Fingscheidt & Helena Zengel) & DBG Fimpreis des Publikums Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney
Golden Lynx FEST - New Directors New Films Festival
Grand Prize & Taiwan Critics Society Award 台北電影節 Taipei Film Festival
Best Feature Film Vukovar Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize & Special Mention Helena Zengel Drugi Sombor Film Fest
Transatlantyk Distribution Award from the audience Transatlantyk Festival


www.berlinale.de

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Charité

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Charité - Season 2

television drama
Germany | 2019
directed by Anno Saul
produced by UFA/MDR/ARD

Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Hannah von Hübbenet
featuring the Oriel Quartet and many others

The second season of a successful hospital show set in the Germany of the late 19th century.
All six upcoming episodes of the second season will be aired on German TV in 2019 and later be released on Netflix.


www.ufa-fiction.de

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The Cleaners

Documentary
Germany | 2018 | 88 Minutes
directed by Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck
A gebrueder beetz film production
Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges

When you post something on the web, can you be sure it stays there? Enter a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like.. violence, pornography and.. political content. Who is controlling what we see and what we think?
“A riveting documentary about how social media might be ruining the world…”
The Verge

"Disturbing on several levels, a behind the scenes look at the anonymous toilers who do digital cleaning, policing the internet for violence, child pornography and more.”
Los Angeles Times

„Offers an intelligent, thought-provoking insight into the global impact of the major social media companies.“
Screen International

"A neon-lit documentary shot like a noir thriller...This thorough, yet conflicted globe-trotting documentary thriller meets the social media censors struggling to save the web...”
Variety

World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2018
Rotterdam Film Festival 2018 - Official Selection
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
One World Human Rights Film Festival - Prague
CPH:DOX - Copenhagen
Docville International Documentary Film Festival - Leuven


www.gebrueder-beetz.de
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Liebling, lass die Hühner frei

Liebling, lass die Hühner frei

TV Movie
Germany | 2017 | 90 Minuten
Regie: Oliver Schmitz
Eine Produktion von ARD, UFA Fiction & Degeto

Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges

Third part of a successful television series.
Erstausstrahlung in der ARD am 10. November 2017, 20:15 Uhr


www.ard.de

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Truth Detectives

Documentary
Germany | 2017 | 90 Minutes
Directed by Anja Reiß
Co-Production doc.station medienproduktion with WDR/ARTE and Deutsche Welle

Music by John Gürtler

Today, almost in real time, victims of war and crimes use mobile devices to film and photograph their experiences. We show how international investigators collect this evidence for criminal prosecution.

All around the world, human rights activists, journalists and lawyers collect evidence of human rights violations – with the help of victims. Using mobile devices to film and photograph their experiences, they become digital witnesses. Amateur videos of bombs exploding, people being abused or even shot dead are distributed almost in real time via social media. Digital investigators use various forensic methods, from internet tracking to DNA analysis, to analyse and verify this deluge of images, supporting them with other evidence and scientific expertise. These criminological investigations have only one purpose: to bring to justice those who violate human rights.

We meet investigative teams who use these cutting-edge technologies to document their research into the war in Ukraine, the destruction of Mali’s cultural heritage, the search for mass graves in Colombia and the “Black Friday” bomb attacks in Gaza. We witness the entire investigative procedure, from training and visiting the scene of the crime, securing and analysing forensic evidence, to presenting their evidence in court.
51. Internationale Hofer Filmtage
Biberacher Filmfestspiele
International Filmfestival San Jose 2017
Watch Docs, Warsaw
Cinema Verite, Tehran, Iran
International Documentary Filmfestival Peloponnisos

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Orten

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Orten

Documentary
Germany | 2017 | 90 Minutes
Directed by Margit Schild
Schild/Havemann GbR, Antje Havemann, Margit Schild; Initiative temporäre Kunsträume Berlin

Music by John Gürtler
John Gürtler – prepared piano, bass clarinet and Percussion Tomas Svensson – Drums and Percussion Stephan Bleier – Double-Bass

The film shares the stories of Bernice from Kongo, Emmanuel from Ghana, Ivan from Ukraine, Nana from Georgia and Pantea from Iran on their journeys to landscapes and cities in Westphalia, Germany. They talk about their descent, being on the move and coming home. ORTEN watches and listens very closely, offering surprising insights.
www.film-orten.de

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Fig Tree

feature film
Israel-Germany-France-Ethiopia| 2018 | 88 Minutes
written & directed by Alamork Davidian
Black Sheep Film Productions, Penrose Av Medien, En Compagnie Des Lamas
World Sales: Films Boutique

Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

14 year old Jewish Mina, is trying to navigate between a surreal routine dictated by the civil war in Ethiopia and her last days of youth with her Christian boyfriend Eli. When she discovers that her family is planning to immigrate to Israel and escape the war, she weaves an alternate plan in order to save Eli. But in times of war, plans tend to go wrong. Marsha’s coming of age film debut film is based on her childhood memories of a civil-war-torn Ethiopia.
www.bsheepfilms.com

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Plötzlich ist die Welt ganz klein

Documentary
Germany | 2017 | 80 minutes
directed by Maja Classen
commissioned by ZDF / 3Sat

Music by Phillip Sollmann & John Gürtler

www.herrmannfilm.de Watch the film online

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Precrime

Documentary
USA, Germany | 2017 | 88 minutes
directed by Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder

Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges

To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a sci-fi movie. It is, but it’s also real – and happening right now. To make this possible, powerful computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from all sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed with the help of algorithms. At the same time, we, the citizens are transformed into carriers of recorded data – our every move, message and purchase tracked and mapped. Ratings of how likely we are to commit a crime are attached to our personae. Computers spit out lists of tomorrow´s criminals. But what if it´s you who ends up on this list? What if the data is wrong? Or biased?? How can we be guilty of things we haven’t done?

PRE-CRIME travels to Chicago, London, Paris, Berlin, Munich and other places to show predictive policing techniques in action, to investigate their opportunities and dangers and to meet people who use them and those who have been victims of them. Who is – and who isn’t – protected by the algorithm?

The film exposes the creators of this technology, how they work and who really benefits from their invention. We are the first generation to hand over to computers the control over our own freedom. But how much freedom are we prepared to give up for the promise of total security?

PRE-CRIME is a wake up call for all of us. A science fiction scenario, both fascinating and scary, has arrived in our everyday life. Welcome to the real Minority Report.

Official Selection | HotDocs 2017
DOK.fest Munich 2017


www.precrime-film.com

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The Power of The Arts

Campaign Trailer
Germany | 2017 | 86 seconds
commissioned by Philipp Morris GmbH

Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

The Power of the Arts is an initiative from Philip Morris GmbH. All non-profit institutions or initiatives in Germany that are committed to the cultural participation of people with an migration and refugee background can apply. Each year, four projects are awarded 50,000 euros each. An independent jury comprised of people from fields in art, culture, science, and business selects the projects.

www.thepowerofthearts.de

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Eisen

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Eisen

documentary short by Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Germany | 2015 | 18 Minutes
Produced by Felix Eisele

Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

Awards

Golden Dove, Kurzfilmwettbewerb Dok Leipzig
Sguardo da Vicino, Lugano Film Festival
A38 - Stipendium, Kasseler Dokfest 2016
Best Documentary, Filmz Mainz 2016

Festivals

Dok Leipzig 2015
Lugano Film Festival
Kasseler Dokfest
Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche
Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival
Filmz Mainz


www.benjamin-kahlmeyer.de

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Light Surfaces

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Light Surfaces
Schloss Bellevue, Berlin

short film by Johannes Braun & Toby Cornish
Germany | 2016

music by Philipp Sollmann & John Gürtler

www.philipp-sollmann.de www.jutojo.de

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Without this World

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Without This World

Documentary
Germany | 2017 | 116 Minutes
Comissioning Editor: Burkhard Althoff, ZDF
Produced by kineo Filmproduktion, Peter Hartwig
Directed by Nora Fingscheidt

Inspired by the set recordings of a traditional Mennonite settlement in Argentina, John shaped a score mirroring the stretched out vocal melodies and ancient hummed tunes of the Mennonite religion, working closely with Norwegian experimental singer Natalie Sandtorv.

As Mennonite culture does not allow instruments and seldom makes use of harmony, John and Natalie restricted themselves to the use of voice and created dense unison choirs, imitating the unusual vowels and timbres. The result is a subtle and open glance at a culture that is purposefully shying away from progress and technology.

Original Music by John Gürtler

Vocalist: Natalie Sandtorv

Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2017 - Winner Documentary Competition


www.max-ophuels-preis.de

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House Without Roof

feature film
Germany, Iraq (KRG), Qatar | 2016 | 117 Minutes
Produced by mîtosfilm in coproduction with SWR, ARTE and Essence Film GmbH
Directed by Soleen Yusef

Being involved in the project early on and closely following its development allowed us to create a unique musical language through experimentation. Ideas could be brought in to the editing room and influenced the shape of the final cut - no temp tracks were used to influence the composition process. The score uses Arab instruments in an untypical way, sometimes blending with prepared piano, Hang drum and minimalist improvisation.

Original Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges.

John Gürtler: Piano, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Wind Instruments, Percussion
Lars Voges: Acoustic Guitar
Jan Miserre: Piano
Högir Göregen: Percussion
Matti Makali: Hang Drum
Apo Yildiz: Saz, Bilur
Tomas Svensson: Drums

All music was recorded live.

Awards:
German Cinema New Talent Award for Best Producer (Filmfest Munich)
Special Grand Prix of the Jury (Montreal World Film Festival)
Audience Award (Duhok International Film Festival)
First Steps Award - Best feature film
Peace Film Award (Unabhängiges Filmfest Osnabrück)

Festivals:
Filmfest Munich
CINEDAYS Festival of European Film (Official Selection)
22nd Kolkata International Film Festival (International Competition for the Woman Director Award)
Filmschau Baden-Würtenberg (In Competition)
Dubai International Film Festival (Arabian Nights Section)


www.mitosfilm.com

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Dog Soldiers

Documentary
Germany | 2016 | 69 Minutes
Comissioning Editor: Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri, SWR
Produced by [OnScreen Media] Peter Kuczinski
Directed by Lena Leonhardt

Melting drones, experimental jazz and a cover of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Paradox Paradise’s score for Dog Soldiers instigates an acoustic and energetic counterpoint to the ambivalent relationships between soldiers and their dogs in training. Super slow motion images of soaring dogs, ready for their next bite, are accompanied by drum crescendos and howling horns.

Original Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges

John Gürtler: prepared piano, saxophones and clarinets, ebow, santur, vibraphone and percussion
Jan Miserre: Piano and Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Lars Voges: Double Bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin
Tomas Svensson: Drums

Dok Leipzig 2016 - German Competition
Filmschau Baden-Württemberg
Nominated for the Grimme-Award 2017


www.hundesoldaten.de

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The Impossible Picture

feature film
Germany, Austria | 2016 | 70 Minutes
Directed by Sandra Wollner

Additional Music: Lars Voges

Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino - 50. Hofer Filmtage
Torino International Film Festival
Göteborg International Film Festival


facebook.com/theimpossiblepicture

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Myanmarket

Myanmarket

Documentary
Germany, Austria | 2017 | 75 Minutes
Directed by Eva Knopf
Produced by AMA Film, co-produced by SWR (Junger Dokumentarfilm)

Original Music by John Gürtler

After 50 years of isolation, today Myanmar is reckoned to be the most exciting market worldwide; companies from all over the world anticipate good deals. But what is really the situation in the country right now? Myanmarket (WT) shows contact stories – the first encounters between the Burmese and “the world market”.


www.amafilm.de

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Yelp - La Grenouille

Yelp - La Grenouille

commercial | Germany | 2016
Agency: GGH MullenLowe
Production Company: Bigfish Filmproduktion
Director: Claas Ortmann
Original Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges

ggh-mullenlowe.de

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Beyond the Snowstorm

Documentary
Germany, Ukraine | 2015 | 92 Minutes
directed by Levin Peter

Original music by John Gürtler

Winner of the First Steps Award 2015 - Best Documentary
66th Berlin International Film Festival “German Perspective”
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Prize “Documentary Competition”
Haifa International Film Festival
Festival dei Popoli Florence “International Competition”
Dok.Fest Munich “International DOK.panorama”
Listapad International Film Festival Minsk
Cinema Verité International Film Festival Iran
Film Columbia Chatham New York "Documentary Panorama"
Filmschau Baden-Würrtemberg


hinterdemschneesturm.de

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Fußball - ein Leben: Franz Beckenbauer

Fußball - ein Leben: Franz Beckenbauer

Documentary
Germany | 2015 | 87 Minutes
directed by Thomas Schadt
Commissioning Editior: Klaus Kastan, BR, ARD
produced by Jochen Laube, Nico Hofmann, UFA Fiction

Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

Aired September 6th, 2015 @ ARD

daserste.de

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Above and Below

documentary fiction
Switzerland, Germany, USA | 2014 | 118 minutes
written & directed by Nicolas Steiner
maximage, Flying Moon, Swiss Radio and Television, 3Sat Zurich

theatrical release: tba

Original Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre & Lars Voges

German Film Award for "Best Documentary" and "Best Cinematography"
nominated for best documentary film - Max Ophüls Film Festival 2015
Hivos Tiger PREISE Competition - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015
Winner Deutscher Dokumentarfilm Filmmusik Preis 2015
Winner Zurich Film Award 2015
Swiss Film Award 2016 (Best Documentary Film, Best Editing, Special Prize for Sound Mix)
Best Documentary Filmschau BW 2015
Winner Fipresci International Critics Prize
Millennium Award 12th Docsagainstgravity
Winner Best Documentary Feature 2015 Ânûû-rû Âboro
50th Karlovy Vary IFF Variety Critics Choice
IFFR Rotterdam Tiger Award Competition
Official Selection Doc NYC 2015
Official Selection Hotdocs 2015
Official Selection Camerimage
Official Selection Anchorage International Film Festival


aboveandbelowfilm.com

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Verfehlung
(THE CULPABLE)

feature film - drama
Switzerland | 2014 | 95 minutes
directed by Gerd Schneider
AV Medien Penrose & Penrose Film / SWR, BR & Arte
CAMINO FILM VERLEIH

theatrical release: 26th March 2015

score - John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

nominated for best feature film - Max Ophüls Film Festival 2015

camino-film.com facebook.com/penrosefilm

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Wintergast

feature film
Switzerland | 2014 | 90 minutes
written & directed by Andy Herzog & Matthias Günther
LOOKNOW Filmverleih

The score consists of drones, pads and organic textures which serve as a subtle backdrop to the main character’s frustration and inner emotional state. Everyday situations are accompanied by dissonant textures and clusters, emphasizing the protagonist’s despair coming from writer’s block and a nearing deadline. The minimalist music is more likely to be felt than consciously heard by the audience.

Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
John Gürtler: cymbals, samplers, train tones, keyboards
Jan Miserre: piano

Locarno Filmfestival 2015
Panorama - Solothurn Film Festival 2015


wintergast.com

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Die Unsichtbaren
(The Invisibles)

documentary
Germany | 2014 | 78 minutes
directed by Benjamin Kahlmeyer
AV Medien Penrose & SWR

score - John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

nominated for best documentary - Max Ophüls Film Festival 2015

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Die Zukunft gehört uns (THE FUTURE IS OURS)

documentary
Germany | 2014 | 60 minutes
directed by Marisa Middleton
SWR Young Documentary / INDI FILM

Original Music by John Gürtler

World Premiere at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2014

facebook.com/diezukunftgehoertuns

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Zerrumpelt Herz (THE COUNCIL OF BIRDS)

feature film
Germany | 2014 | 81 minutes
directed by Timm Kröger

John Gürtler, Jan Miserre : music advisors

nominated at 29th Venice International Film Critic's Week
Reykjavik International Film Festival 2014
nominated for best feature film - First Steps 2014
Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2014


facebook.com/zerrumpeltherz

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backpack

feature film
Indonesia, Germany | 2014 | 90 minutes
directed by Thorsten Wenning

Original Music by John Gürtler

Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2014
NO FEAR AWARD - First Steps 2014


facebook.com/backpackfilm

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nebel (fog)

documentary
Germany | 2013 | 60 minutes
directed by Nicole Vögele

«fog keeps pretending to have a structure - by the use of written chapter cards and the odd visual occurence of the metaphor that gave the film its title – we see high fog, sea fog, fog and snow, and fog in a club. Just to fall apart again, or better: to morph into something else, eluding the audience. For a large part, this is due to a powerful sound track - where lots of things are going on. Wafting, windy sounds of nature blend into electronic music to then become elements of an unusual horror film. And we go along with it! (Danny Gronmaier, Critic.de)

Original Music by John Gürtler

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Perspektive Deutsches Kino
special mention by the Jury of FGYO - Dialogue en perspective of 64th Berlinale


www.nebelfilm.com

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Majub’s Journey

documentary
Germany | 2013 | 48 minutes
directed by Eva Knopf

Original Music by John Gürtler

John Gürtler: modified piano, mbira, percussion
Tomas Svensson: snare drum

DOK LEIPZIG 2013, German Competition
Japan Media Arts 2014
Nonfiktionale - Bad Aibling
It's all true festival - Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo
Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg
Frauenfilmfestival Köln
Bundeswehrmuseum Dresden
Bremer Film Symposium
Göttingen International Film Festival

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Antons Fest (Party of Eight)

feature film
Germany | 2013 | 93 minutes
directed by John Kolya Reichert

Original Music by John Gürtler
Voice, sax, grand piano and modified piano, harmonium, drums & percussion, vibraphone, glockenspiel, santur, brass - John Gürtler

Guitars, ukulele, contrabass, voice - Lars Voges
Wurlitzer Electric Piano, arrangement for 'Freak Holiday', recording and mixing assistant - Jan Miserre

achtung berlin 2014 - new berlin film award (nominated)
Montreal World Film Festival (nominated)
47th Internationale Hofer Filmtage (nominated)


www.antonsfest.de

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Battle of the Queens

documentary
Germany | 2011 | 70 minutes
directed by Nicolas Steiner

Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

Erika Stucky: vocals / Balthasar Streiff: alphorn, kuhhorn, zink, euphonium, kornett / Toebi Toebler: hackbrett / David Studer: mouth harp / Marcel Oetiker: schwyzerörgeli / Daniel Eichholz: drums, percussion, marimba, cowbells / Tomas Svensson; percussion / Isabelle Klemt: cello / Lars Dieterich: flute / Jan Miserre: zither, piano, melodica, percussion / John Gürtler: saxophone, harmonium, percussion

«The use of music and sound contribute immeasurably: meditative, almost tribal, music lulls us into a trance-like euphoria, while the temporal discrepancy between sound and image elevates them above the realms of the physical world, and, indeed, beyond our everyday, earthly perception of time and space.» (Mike McKenny, theculturevulture.co.uk 2012)

6th “Cinema Vérité” Iran International DFF
12th International DFF “Flahertina” Perm
17th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival San Francisco
18th Bradford International Film Festival
14° Buenos Aires Festival Intern. de Cine Independente
47th Solothurner Filmtage
35th Duisburger Filmwoche
33. Biberacher Filmfestspiele
19th Yasujiro Ozu International Short Film Festival
Bosco Chiesanuova, 17th Festival della Lessinia
64° Festival del film Locarno
17e Visions du Réel Festival international de cinéma Nyon
International Film Festival Berlin, Perspective


Soundtrack released by Traumton available on iTunes

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Meanwhile in Mamelodi

documentary
Germany, South Africa | 2011 | 75 minutes
directed by Benjamin Kahlmeyer

Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

John Gürtler: saxophone, piano, kalimba, bass clarinet / Jan Miserre: wurlitzer, clavinet, percussion, music recording and mixing / Lars Voges: guitar / Tomas Svensson: drums / Benjamin Kahlmeyer: bass / Laura Robles: cajon, percussion / Steven Mtsweni: vocals

»For its joyous portrayal of a South African family, its bold use of music, and its belief in the camera to see into another culture« (Special Jury Prize at the Camden International Film Festival 2012)

»This film is about fantastic editing, a noticeably impressive sound design, continuous scenes of exquisite cinematography, and an original pulsating kinetic jazz infused soundtrack that I now absolutely must own!« (Adam Cuttler, FilmBalaya.com)

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Nomination für Best Film Music in a feature film, Film Music Festival Aubagne, France 2013
HBO Documentary Films Emerging Artist Award, Hot Docs 2012, Toronto
Honorable Mention, San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2012
Special Jury Prize for Emerging Cinematic Vision, Camden Int. Film Festival
Sport and Society-Award, Int. Sportsfilm Festival ATLANT 2012, Lipetsk
Dutch Golden Stone, Int. Debut Film Festival SCENECS 2012, Amersfoort
Nomination for Golden Key, Dokfest Kassel 2012
Nomination for German Cinematography Award 2012
Nomination for Canon Cinematography Award, Planete Doc 2012, Warsaw
Nomination for David L. Wolper Award, Int. Documentary Association, LA
Nomination for Spotlight Award 2013, Cinema Eye Honors, NYC
Nomination for Best Film Music in a feature film, Film Music Festival Aubagne

FESTIVALS
ChopShots Documentary Film Festival Southeast Asia, Jakarta 
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York
Montreal International Documentary Festival 
SCENECS International Debut Film Festival, Amersfoort/Netherlands 
Abu Dhabi Film Festival 
Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival, South Africa 
San Francisco International Film Festival - USA Premiere
Hot Docs Canadian Int. Documentary in Toronto
DOK Leipzig Filmfestivals - German Competition


www.meanwhile-in-mamelodi.com

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A Promise

documentary
Germany, Austria | 2011 | 70 minutes
directed by Levin Peter & Elsa Kremser

Original Music by John Gürtler

Composition, vocals, clarinet, piano: John Gürtler
Concert accordeon - Ruslan & Elena Kratschkowski

Visions du Reél Nyon 2012 International Competition
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 2012 - Lithuania
Istanbul Documentary Film Festival 2012 - Turkey
Achtung Berlin Film Festival 2013
Competition 'Made in Berlin-Brandenburg'
Alanya Documentary Film Days 2013 - Turkey


www.apromise-film.com

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Mann im Fahrstuhl
(Man in Elevator)

experimental film | Germany | 2007
directed by Benjamin Kahlmeyer & Moritz Stumm
choreography by Meritxell Campos Olivé

Original Music by John Gürtler

Harmonium, saxophone, drums, santur: John Gürtler / Fender Rhodes, FX : Peer Neumann / Contrabass : Derek Shirley / Percussion: Daniel Eichholz, Heinrich Schiffers/ Drums: Thomas Svensson

Additional Music: Heiner Goebbels

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miAdidas - Mats Hummels

commercial | Germany | 2013
Love Stone Film
Adidas


Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

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miAdidas - Julian Draxler

commercial | Germany | 2013
Love Stone Film
Adidas


Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

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miAdidas - Lukas Podolski

commercial | Germany | 2013
Love Stone Film
Adidas


Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

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Austrian Airlines - Fly Away

commercial | Germany | 2010
directed by Mario Zozin
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


Original Music by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

Young Director Award, Cannes 2010, shortlist

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Opel Insignia

commercial | Germany | 2010
directed by Sandin Puce
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


Original Music by John Gürtler

Young Director Award, Cannes 2011, shortlist
spotlight commercial film festival, nominated

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Jewels

experimental / video art | Portugal | 2013
directed by Sandro Aguilar
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Original Music by John Gürtler & Sandro Aguilar electronics, orchestral textures, field recordings by John Gürtler

Viennale 2013

www.osomeafuria.com/films/3/56/

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Hodsch und ich
(Hodsch and me)

documentary | Germany | 2007 | 87 minutes
directed by Christian Werner
acamara film/Filmakademie BW

Original Music by John Gürtler

cello, piano, vocals, guitars, double bass, effects, drums, percussion

Kinoproba Filmfestival 2012
nominated for the "German Editing Award 2012"
seen on WDR - "Menschen hautnah"


www.acamara.com/Home.5.0.html

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Between Rounds

documentary | Germany | 2009 | 42 minutes
directed by Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Filmakademie BW

Original Music by John Gürtler

piano, double bass, congas, timbales, percussion

Ourense International Film Festival 2009, Spain

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Egal was ich tue

documentary | Germany | 2011 | 80 minutes
directed by Romy Steyer
Penrose Film / ZDF - Das Kleine Fernsehspiel

Original Music by John Gürtler

synthesizers, guitars, electronics, drum machines, electric bass

Max Ophüls Award 2011, Germany
Achtung Berlin Film Festival 2011, Germany


www.penrosefilm.de/

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Sonor

documentary | Germany | 2010 | 37 minutes
directed by Levin Peter
Filmakademie BW

Original Music by John Gürtler

»At this year's Visions du Réel, one of the most important European documentary film festivals, there is a strong presence of German films. A lot of the attention and an honorable mention of the "Young Audience Jury" went to Levin Peter and his black-and-white film SONOR. It tells the story of a young composer and a deaf ballet dancer who has learned to experience sound in her own way. Together they discover a variety of different sounds, including the everyday noises that surround them, the tamed ambience of sound studios as well as different forms of silence. The young woman's abilities to sense sound, as it were, goes so far that she is able to improvise together with the film composer on the piano. Peter's film is a marvellous work about transcending own's own barriers through sensual sensibility and at the same time a stunning document to the world of silence.«

Press Release for SONOR at Visions du Réel, German magazine "SCHNITT"


nominated for the Gold Panda Awards in Sichuan, China
DOK Fest Kassel, Germany

nominated for the “Goldener Schlüssel” Award 2011
45th International Hofer Filmtage 2011
KAMERaTON – International Festival of Films about Music
“Special Award”, Student Film Festival Belgrad, Serbia
“Best Academic Award” at the FEST International Film Festival Espinho, Portugal 2011 “Honorable Mention” of the jury at Visions du Reel


www.sonor-film.de

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Brüderlein (DEAR BROTHER)

short film, drama | Germany | 2013 | 46 minutes
directed by Nora Fingscheidt
Arte/BR/Filmakademie BW

Original Music by John Gürtler, Lars Voges
guitars, piano, Wurlitzer electronic piano, vibraphone, pump, organ, choir, double bass, drums

Max Ophüls Award 2013 - Competition
Broadcast on ARTE


www.arte.tv

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Memories on Stone

feature film | Kurdistan Regional Government Iraq / Germany | 2014 | 90 minutes
directed by Shawkat Amin Korki
mitošfilm

music by John Gürtler & Özgür Akgül
vocals, kanun, santur, saz, bendir, davul, double bass, guitar, violin, electronics

Max Ophüls Award 2013 - Competition
Broadcast on ARTE


www.mitosfilm.com

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Kago

feature film | Germany / Papua New Guinea | 2007 81 minutes
directed by Denis Bivour

Original Music by John Gürtler
Flutes, percussion, electronics

London International Documentary Festival 2008
First Steps Award 2007

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Kracht

mid-length film | Germany | 2010 | 47 minutes
directed by Thorsten Wenning
Filmakademie BW

Original Music by John Gürtler
Drums, guitars, double bass, organ

Sehsüchte Potsdam 2010, Germany Filmzeitfestival 2010, Germany Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival 2011, Germany

www.kracht-film.com

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Synkope

short film, drama | Germany | 2010 | 25 minutes
directed by Nora Fingscheidt
Filmakademie BW

Original Music by John Gürtler
Vocals, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, drums, guitar, double bass

German Short Films Award 2011 (nominated) Max-Ophüls Award 2011, (Official Selection) Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg, Germany Special Mention @ Filmfest Dresden 2010, Germany

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The Lodger

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The Lodger (1927)

by Alfred Hitchcock
Silent film concert @ Sound on Stage Festival 2010

Composition, Saxophone, Wurlitzer Piano, Loops - John Gürtler / Drums – Moritz Baumgärtner / Guitar, Bass Pedals, FX – Samuel Halscheidt

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The Lodger

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Clavigo, Fotz

inspired by J. W. v. Goethe
stage play by Sebastian Lang
ADK Baden-Württemberg, 2010

Original Music by John Gürtler

Live performance - modified piano, trumpet and effects

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Rest Area

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Rest Area

eight-hour outdoor installation at the SOS Festival Ludwigsburg 2010
Based on texts by Paul Virilio and Filippo Tommaso Marinett
Director: Sebastian Lang

Original Music by John Gürtler

Live electronics, field recordings

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Sand am Meer

experimental/video art by Daniel Beerstecher
2010, 35 minutes

Original Music by John Gürtler

Full orchestra, modified percussion, electronics, slide guitar / with Film Orchestra Zilina, Slovakia

www.danielbeerstecher.com

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The Wheel

experimental/video art by Lena Thaler
2010, 10 minutes

Original Music by John Gürtler
with Film Orchestra Babelsberg

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Look at Beethoven Film Festival 2010
Broadcast on WDR / ZDF Kultur

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HASPA - Mutterlandung

commercial | Germany | 2013
directed by Sandin Puce
element-e

Original Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges

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Adidas - Take your Stage

commercial | Germany | 2014
directed by Sandin Puce
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


Original Music by John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges

shortlisted for Young Director Award, Cannes 2014 Porsche Award 2014

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Daniel Eltlinger
A Proclamation

artist portrait | Germany | 2012
directed by Benjamin Kahlmeyer


Original Music by John Gürtler

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Field Kit

record release | 2021
project with violinist / composer Hannah von Hübbenet & John Gürtler

The name Field Kit will sound familiar to anyone who knows anything about electroacoustic sounds and experimentation. It is the name of a workstation: a technical multi-instrument which receives radio signals and alternating voltages with which all kinds of noises and signals can be produced, outputted and controlled. A beautiful name for an instrument, at once abstract and pragmatic, it’s also a perfect name for the duo of Hannah von Hübbenet and John Gürtler.

Their approach is just as fluid, playful, experimental and yet unpretentious as the name implies. Classically trained – both studied at the Universität der Künste Berlin – both have a curiosity that goes beyond the classical. Increasingly uninterested by the narrow structures of classical music, both went on to study film composition at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. There, they became friends and collaborators – quickly discovering a shared love of sonic manipulation instead of musical formalism; a shared drive to disturb, confuse and alienate both tone and emotion.

Both are now successful and award-winning film composers. As Field Kit, they experiment using guidelines and restrictions to give them a framework in which anything and everything can happen: from generating vibrations within the piano to playing tubas backwards or building robotic drummers. They improvise on particular themes, sounds, references or restrictions, creating unexpected harmonies of object and idea.

Both are more interested in emotions than virtuosities. Their unique shared studio in Berlin is the home of their continued musical collaborations, culminating in their debut collection. Now signed to innovative independent label Nonostar Records, their recordings will be released piece by piece from July 31, 2020.

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Eigenlicht

record release | 2020

Counterchange presents ‘Eigenlicht’ by Portuguese-German multi-instrumentalist, producer and award-winning film composer John Gürtler.

Gently teetering between krautrock-influenced synth mantras and saxophone improvisations, down-tempo electronica, sound design experiments and moments of rich ambience, ‘Eigenlicht’ is a diverse album of electro-acoustic music. The 11 tracks were recorded between two studios and on location at Berlin’s infamous Teufelsberg, the abandoned Cold War era US spy-radio and radar outpost named ‘Field Station Berlin’, surrounded by forest to the west of the city.

A document of Gürtler’s development, many of the pieces here were first laid down in his bunker-like former basement studios at Drontheimer Straße in north Berlin, before he eventually elevated above ground - both physically and musically - building his current Paradox Paradise studio and becoming an established film music composer. In 2019 John won the European Film Academy Award for Best Score, for his soundtrack for Nora Fingscheidt’s debut feature ‘Systemsprenger’ (System Crasher).

In recent years John collaborated on a number of projects with acclaimed German producer and composer Phillip Sollmann aka Efdemin, performing live and releasing the ‘Gegen Die Zeit’ EP on Sky Walking, a subsidiary of Dial records where he also remixed Efdemin’s ‘Parallaxis’ under the moniker The Borderland State.

In part an ode to the Macbeth Systems M5 modular synthesizer, with its three oscillators, much of the album features the towering instrument, whose uniquely rich tone and rumbling, pure bass end characterises tracks like ‘Eigenlicht’, ‘M5’, ‘Synthetics’ and ‘Five Voice’.

“The M5’s built in spring reverb and huge sliders and faders - as opposed to all the tiny knobs on Eurorack synths - make it as playable as any acoustic instrument.”

John’s primary background is in acoustic music, coming from woodwind and keyboard instruments, improvisation and composition. The leap into working with computers and electronic instruments found him exploring ways to make synths and samplers sound as organic as possible.

One of the first analog synths John bought was a polyphonic soviet-built Electronics EM-25 (Электроника ЭМ-25) that he had shipped from Uzbekistan. It was cheap, but built like a tank and sounded like something between an organ and a Roland Juno synth. You can hear it on ‘Russia Falling’ - just like the title, the softly detuned chords descend as the track builds to its howling peak.

Part of John’s ongoing search took him to amplifying synthesisers in unusual spaces, from the vast basement corridors outside his old Drontheimer Straße studio to the 12 second-long reverb spaces of the Teufelsberg Station. The track ‘Old Devil’s Hill’ is a spontaneous composition played on saxophone, recorded in the middle of Field Station Berlin's highest dome.

“I was driving up there regularly with a friend, dragging instruments and battery powered amplifiers up the hill, through holes in the fence and all the way up a tiny staircase to the highest point above Berlin, just to get that amazing sound. It’s such a strange reverb because it tunes every single note into near perfect pitch.” Through connecting different kinds of old and new wind controllers, John was able to play synthesizers with a controller similar to a saxophone or clarinet, that would recognise lip pressure and intensity of breath. You can hear the M5 brought to life on ‘Eigenlicht’, a tribute to the synth’s Scottish creator Ken Macbeth, as John plays it with a breath controller, layering intertwining patterns before opening up into a joyous solo.

“The faders on the M5 are so wide that I’d stick a tape beneath them and draw lines for certain notes, creating scales I could play with without using a keyboard, like on the track ‘M5’. I had brought a lot of old leaves, branches and plant seeds into the studio to create an earthy drone bed for the track. It also features a Santur which my parents brought back from Tehran as they fled back to Europe on account of the revolution in ’79.”​ Most of the tracks feature improvised performance elements, often allowing a certain ‘first take’ magic.

For a period John had an original Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 at the studio. ‘Suchend’ is a first take, one take recording.

“I love the way there’s this rhythmic warbling coming from the synth, it almost sounds like an old record. I used to pass up this kind of track for being unspectacular, but looking back it’s the spontaneous and simple ones that (still) stand out to me...”

Like Before (Songs 2005 - 2015)

A very personal collection of songs I've written and sung over a decade. I've been sitting on this for a couple of years now and have finally mustered up the courage to share it with you ;)

Most of these songs have been inspired or are outtakes of the film work we have done over the last couple of years and feature some of my closest friends and performers.
written, produced & recorded by John Gürtler / Jan Miserre at Paradox Paradise Berlin
mixed and mastered by Tobias Ober / Bonello Studio

all instruments played by John Gürtler & Jan Miserre
all vocals and lyrics by John Gürtler

additional performances by

Lars Voges - guitars, background vocals
Abigail Sanders - French horn
Tomas Svensson, Moritz Baumgärtner - drums
Stephan Bleier, Thomas Stieger - bass
Shasta Ellenbogen - viola
Michelle Yom - flutes
Gerhard Gschlössl - trombone, euphonium
Gosia Winter - vocals

cover photo by Renata Chueire
cover design by Ed Davenport

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Bangkok Noir - Stay Eager

commercial | Thailand | 2018
Director, Editor & DoP: Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Original Music by John Gürtler
Voice: Terry Burns

"While traveling South East Asia in 2016, GETAWAY magazine asked me to do a hands-on review of the new Sony Alpha A7s II - focusing on it’s performance in low light situations. Inspired by the rich impressions of Bangkok night life, I decided to come up with a short essay on photography, interweaving passages of Susan Sontag’s famous quote: Stay eager!"