EMCEE / PRESENTING: 2017 IOC / IPOC / IAKS Architecture Awards for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities
I had the honor and pleasure of emceeing / presenting at the 2017 IOC / IPOC / IAKS Architecture Awards for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilites in Cologne in early November.
The patrons of the IOC/IAKS Award for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities are the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS). The patrons of the IPC/IAKS Distinction for Accessibility are the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS). Besides introducing the projects and the lucky winners, I also had the honor of introducing the Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker as well as the representatives of the IOC, IPOC and the IAKS.
This year, 72 projects competed from all continents, including ones in Azerbaijan, India, Nigeria, Palestine and Singapore. Countries ranging from A for Australia to U for USA were all participating. This year’s winners spanned the range of major international sports event venues in Singapore and Brazil, to small and socially meaningful skateparks in Palestine and Spain.
FILM: 55 STEPS
I was so happy when I opened the following email today from Elsani Film. I had the pleasure of doing a small role in this film and shooting with Hilary Swank, a very lovely, kind, sweet person, as well as a talented actress.
The film stars Hilary Swank, Helena Bonham Carter and Jeffrey Tambor.
We are very happy and proud to announce that „55 STEPS“ – directed by Bille August – will celebrate its World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (7-17 Sep) in the section Gala Presentation.
Please find more information about the film and its presentation at TIFF 2017 http://www.tiff.net/tiff/55-steps/?v=55-steps
From the KUNTERGRAU FACEBOOK PAGE: #trivia | S01E03
Actress Kathleen A. Renish and director Kai Kreuser met during a workshop for actors and directors back in 2015.
Since KUNTERGRAU was looking for an actress to portray the role of Leopold's grandmother Margarethe, he offered her the role.
Since then she managed to act her way into the hearts of people all over the world. I mean - how can you not love her?
It was such a pleasure to play the role of Oma (Grandma) Margarethe. I'm looking forward to shooting Season 3.
WEB SERIES: KUNTERGRAU
Sunday, May 14 the final episode (4) of Season 2 of KUNTERGRAU will be aired and then a live stream with the cast will start at 19:45 (7:45 p.m.) KUNTERGRAU
Here are some comments from an online review of Episode 3 where my character, grandma Margarethe has a confrontation with Lukas's mother:
"Gänsehautfaktor Oma Margarethe
Oma Margarethe, die für viele bereits jetzt der Liebling der Serie ist, katapultiert sich in dieser Folge eindrucksvoll in eine Liga mit Figuren wie Schwulenmutti „Debby“ aus "Queer as Folk". Als Lukas‘ Mutter Marion Oma Margarethe vorwirft, Lukas zu beeinflussen und ihn von ihr zu entfremden, wird Oma Margarethe erstmals wirklich wütend. Prompt hält sie Marion eine emotionale Standpauke: „Wenn das Ihre Form von Liebe ist, dann haben sie die Liebe Ihres Kindes überhaupt nicht verdient.“ Das ist einer der stärksten Momente der Webserie.
„Oma Margarethe war wir immer sehr stark! So eine Oma könnte man sich echt wünschen“, fasst ein Zuschauer die Folge auf YouTube zusammen. Die Wutrede hat jedenfalls Erfolg: Als Oma Margarethe mit Marion in einem Restaurant versackt, bekommen die Zuschauer erstmals einen Einblick in das Seelenleben von Lukas Mutter."
Goosebump Factor: Grandma Margarethe
Grandma Margarethe, who is already the favorite of the series for many, is in this episode impressively catapulted into a league with figures like mom "Debby" from "Queer as Folk". When Lukas's mother, Marion, accuses grandma Margarethe of influencing Lukas and alienating him from her, grandma Margarethe becomes really angry for the first time. Promptly she gives Marion an earful: "If that is your form of love, then you don't deserve the love of your child at all." This is one of the strongest moments of the web series.
"Grandma Margarethe, we were always very strong! You could really want a granny like that, "a viewer comments on YouTube. In any case, the rant had success: When grandma Margaret and Marion are camped out in a restaurant, the spectators get insight into the soul of Lukas' mother for the first time. "
Photos from the Season 2 of the Koeln, gay web series KUNTERGRAU, on April 2, 2017 at Cinedom, Koeln. It was a full cinema and a fantastic Premiere! The first episide of Season 2 will be aired on You Tube on April 23 with live streaming with the cast afterwards. KUNTERGRAU
Makeup and hair by Skadi Lesske. The 3D printed, black, Gibson Les Paul guitar earrings were designed by my husband Georg Kreuter.
WEB SERIES: KUNTERGRAU
On April 1, 2017 is the Season 2 Premiere of the Koeln, gay web series, "KUNTERGRAU" where I play the crazy, funny, lively grandma Margaret will be shown in cinema 9 at Cinedom in Koeln, from 5:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are free and should be picked up no later than 4:30 p.m.
Season 1 had 500,000 clicks. You can see some clips of scenes on my German showreel.
Links to their website and You Tube channel are below. I'm looking forward to celebrating with the cast, crew and the fans of KUNTERGRAU!
Am 01.April 2017 im Cinedom in Köln um 17-20 Uhr, ist die Premiere von der zweiten Staffel der Kölner Schwulen Web-Serie "Kuntergrau", in der ich die Rolle der verrückten, lustigen, lebhaften Oma Margarethe spiele.
Die erste Staffel hatte über eine halbe Millionen Klicks! Auf meinem deutschen Demoreel finden Sie unter anderem Szenen mit mir als Oma Margarethe aus der ersten Staffel.
Das Crowd-Funding für die zweite Staffel war sehr erfolgreich und jetzt ist es soweit, dass die Staffel veröffentlicht wird.
Hier sind links mit mehr Informationen.
Website von der Web-Serie " Kuntergrau": http://kuntergrau.net/en/
2017 has started off peaceful and with some interesting speaking projects, one in particular, is a documentary about the one and only Ella Fitzgerald.
It's called "pure love- The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald. The German version will air on Arte on April 23. The English version I spoke will be first presented at the Toronto Black Film Festival.
Here is more info about the film http://www.newdocs.de/ellas-voice/
In October 2016, I performed the final show of my one-woman show, "A Lost American in Germany". It had a wonderful 5 year run and is now on hold and is available for events and other special occasions.
A modular, shorter version of the show can be booked. Please click on the CONTACT ME button. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
I am working on some ideas for a new musical show, an old time radio show as well as my first political show. Now that the USA has a new President, I think there is lots of material...
I'm looking forward to many new and interesting TV, Film,Theater and speaking projects in 2017.