About the Filmmakers
FROZEN ANGELS is Eric Black and Frauke Sandig's second collaboration. Their first film together, After The Fall, documented the mysterious, disturbing and almost complete disappearance of the Berlin Wall ten years after its fall. The film was translated into thirteen different languages and broadcast on public television worldwide, including Germany, Brazil, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, Spain, Austria and Sweden and by PBS in the United States (see http://www.ITVS.org/AfterTheFall). The 35mm version was released in theaters in Germany and selected for more than 40 international film festivals, including Berlin, Amsterdam, Karlovy Vary and Tel Aviv. After The Fall won a German Camera Prize and a Golden Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Producer/Director/Director of Photography
Eric Black lives in San Francisco. He attended elementary school in Ohio and in Florence, Italy and later High School in West Berlin. Some of his first images were in black and white of East Berlin, where he bought his first camera, a Pentacon, when he was 14. He graduated with degrees in Photography, Anthropology and Political Economy at the University of California with Honors and the Chancellor's Award for Art. He attended the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. The first film he shot (also in black and white) won the Student Academy Award for California. He has shot many documentaries since and worked twice as Assistant Director with the American Director Jon Jost in Rome. In 1998 he was awarded a stipendium at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
Frauke Sandig was born in West Germany and moved to Berlin one year before the fall of the Wall. Since then, she has worked as a television producer (RIAS, Deutsche Welle) and as the director of more than 20 documentaries including In The Same Boat, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, The Man Who Fell From Germany, George Tabori-The Great Old Man of the Theatre, Krakow-Stories of a City and others. Her recent film, Oskar & Jack, told the story of twins who were separated at birth and grew up in completely different worlds: one as a Jew, the other as a Nazi. The film was screened at numerous international film festivals and was shown on public television around the world. Currently she is working on a documentary series about immigrants before and after coming to Germany.
Silke Botsch has been a film editor in both Germany and the U.S. for the past 12 years. She has worked alongside directors, including Veit Helmer and M. X. Oberg, and at various production firms, including Pro-Kino, X-Filme, Pandora Film, Neue Sentimental Film, Radical Media, TriggerHappyProductions (Ralf Schmerberg), Miramax and das Werk. Among her credits is the 1999 feature Angel Express with director Rolf-Peter Kahl, and the 2003 film Gate To Heaven with director Veit Helmer. Botsch is a guest lecturer at the Bauhaus-University Weimar.