Adamstown

The movie Adamstown is based on the graphic novel by Verena Braun.
In a town out in „the West“ (shot in the flatlands of Northern Germany), animals and humans a struggling and fighting about power and influence. A bank must be built, bullets must be shot and a curse has too be broken.
Behind the scenes on the other hand, people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, refugees, people with and without disabilities, old and young were working together to crush borders and show respect.
Intercultural work, inclusiveness and human rights where the driven forces for the educational project around the movie and our message we wanted to deliver with the movie … embedded in a fantastic story with a divers (and fantastic) cast.

The Hollywood Reporter:
„If Wes Anderson. adapted a German Comic book filled with talking animals and then cast amateur actors – many of them recent refugees – to play the leading role, the result might. look something like Patrick Merz and Henning Wötzel-Herber's Adamstown. Oh, and it's a musical, too. “

  • Patrick Merz
    Director
    BIG EARTH (Hotel California), Fuck the Music
  • Henning Wötzel-Herber
    Director
    BIG EARTH (Hotel California) as producer
  • Henning Wötzel-Herber
    Writer
  • Patrick Merz
    Writer
    BIG EARTH (Hotel California), Fuck the Music
  • Verena Braun
    Writer
    (Graphic Novell “Adamstown”)
  • Henning Wötzel-Herber
    Producer
    BIG EARTH (Hotel California)
  • Andrea Keller
    Producer
    BIG EARTH (Hotel California)
  • Fawad Falzi
    Key Cast
    "Quentin Hansson"
  • Fares Wadi
    Key Cast
    "Hans Muller"
  • Marie-Elena Zibell
    Key Cast
    "Miranda Frenzy"
  • Rayan Farousi
    Key Cast
    "Julius Walker"
  • Mariola Kuriata
    Key Cast
    "Sandy Scott"
  • Honorine Uwayo
    Key Cast
    "Martha"
  • Hamidullah Habibi
    Key Cast
    "George"
  • Johanna Sarah Schmidt
    Key Cast
    "Alicia"
  • Frenze Huth
    Key Cast
    "Billy"
  • Benita Weber
    Key Cast
    "Ernie"
  • Yasen Elenov
    Key Cast
    "Sam"
  • Faraidoon Nekhat
    Key Cast
    "Old Hansson"
  • Herbert Imig
    Key Cast
    "Adam Sanders"
  • Gisela Jahn
    Key Cast
    "Eve Johnson"
  • Marcel Pötter
    Key Cast
    "Sheriff"
  • Maude Piepmeier
    Key Cast
    "Deputy"
  • Joshua Casimir Cyrol
    Key Cast
    "Joe"
  • Liam Krumstroh
    Key Cast
    "Darlington"
  • Saif Al-Magtoof Hadi
    Key Cast
    "Shimmy"
  • Gretje Janssen
    Key Cast
    "Tom"
  • Lisa Heidthold
    Key Cast
    "Little Joe"
  • Tobias Kleen
    Key Cast
    "Ben"
  • Franziska Wötzel
    Key Cast
    "Customer"
  • Alan Adil
    Key Cast
    "Johnson"
  • Amir Mohammadi
    Key Cast
    "Johnson"
  • David Ndahiriwe
    Key Cast
    "Johnson"
  • Gaelle Ndongozi Divine
    Key Cast
    "Johnson"
  • Jeremy Boschung
    D.O.P.
    BIG EARTH (Hotel California)
  • Isabel Neyses
    Camera
  • Lilli Thalgott
    Camera
  • Mohamad Ouwaied
    Camera
  • Andrea Keller
    Executive Producer
  • Ina Meier
    Executive Producer
  • Juan Romero
    Sound Engineering
  • Marcel Behrens
    Sound Engineering
  • Annika Krahnke
    Costume Design
  • Rica Bückmann
    Costume Design
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Western, Musical, Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    English, German, Persian
  • Aspect Ratio:
    Cinemascope
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Oldenburg International Film Festival
    Oldenburg
    Germany
    September 14, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Comicfestival Hamburg
    Hamburg
    Germany
    September 29, 2019
    (Non-competitive festival)
  • Rwanda Film Festival
    Kigali
    Rwanda
    October 26, 2019
    African Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Dieter Baacke Preis
    München
    Germany
    November 16, 2019
    Best intergenerational and integrative Project (German media literacy award)
Director Biography - Patrick Merz, Henning Wötzel-Herber

Filmmakers Patrick Merz and Henning Wötzel-Herber directed this movie together. Patrick Merz is working successfully with laymans on film for more than 20 years; for Henning Wötzel-Herber Adamstown was his debut as a director. Previously he produces some of their common work. Henning Wötzel-Herber is full time civic educator at ABC Bildungs- und Tagungszentrum, a small NGO in the middle of nowhere in Northern Germany. Usually in charge of civic and media education Patrick Merz encouraged him to go beyond workshops and take intercultural encounters to a new level.

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