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AQUA IMPROMPTU HD 13' by Ebba Jahn 2019
A video collage centering around flying drops, in space and on earth, along with coloured rivers, a sense of curiosity, joy and hommage.
Watching extreme summer weather, outside the filmmaker's window under construction in Berlin inspired the impromptu video. Her scenery and sound recordings are intertwined with memories of selected film-, video and photo materials from colleagues and agreeable archives.
Nature sound combined with Paul Hubweber's Trombone Variations and the vocal music piece Neptune's Bellows by trio Sverdrup Balance tie all elements together.

First comments:
Experimental vocalist Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg from Belgium: "The video is excellent, off the wall and deep."
Signal processor and former professor Lawrence Casserley from UK: "The film is lovely - a beautiful strangeness rooted in reality."

Oberhausen Festival Selection Juror MadBern:
Ich habe grad in einem straub/huillet-buch einen Satz gelesen von Robert Bresson:
“Eine runde, ganze, neue Sache, die niemandem etwas schuldet und die aus sich selbst heraus existiert.”
Ich finde, daß das so schön auf AQUA IMPROMPTU paßt, auch
weil du sozusagen so anti-auktorial vorgegangen bist...

First question:
Your film works like a poem, you call it impromptu - so it’s a musical form with a strong painterly quality?

You can say that.

  • Ebba Jahn
  • Ebba Jahn
  • Ebba Jahn
  • Paul Hubweber
    Trombone - Title Music
  • Trio Sverdrup Balance - Jean-Michel Van Schouburg
  • Yoko Miura
  • Lawrence Casserley
    Signal Processor
  • Gudrun Arndt
    Water Surfaces
  • Irén Bìrò Bucher
    Paper Pairs Photos
  • Matthias Leyk
    Archival Materials
    Hail at Stocherkahn
    Archival Materials
    with Dr. Don Petitt, Scott Kelly
  • City of Vancouver Archive
    Archival Materials
    Mike Collier film excerpt
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 7, 2019
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  • 66. International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
    May 15, 2020
    German Competition Official Selection
  • */ 16th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Greece
    July 28, 2020
    Official Selection Video Art
  • The Short Nights of Berlin
    August 23, 2020
    Official Selection
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  • Ebba Jahn
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Ebba Jahn

SHORT VERSION - for more details scroll down, please.
Ebba Jahn has worked as a 16 mm filmmaker, cinematographer, sound recordist and film docent. She holds a degree from the German Film and TV Academy Berlin DFFB (1984). In New York City she lived from 1991 until 2010, where she produced her last 16 mm film, studied towards a BA in Fine Arts, and worked for German public radio. After her return to Germany she participated in group exhibitions, created DVDs, video installations and has been a curator for two film festivals. For three years she curated and organized the travelling art exhibition PAPER PAIRS with abstract artworks by 20 international artists including her own (2017-2019).
In recent years her main focus lies on the creation of short video collages of which many are viewable on Filmfreeway.

German Film and TV Academy dffb Berlin graduate 1984
NRW film artist prize 1984
Own film productions since then
Camera and sound for filmmaker colleagues
Video teacher at University of the Arts, Berlin 1985 - 1986
Film teacher at Berlin film academy dffb 1986 -1991
Move to New York City 1991-2008
CUNY A.S. in Fine Arts & BA studies until 1999 Hunter College
Radio producer and technician ARD Studio New York 1999 - 2001
Freelance NYC - correspondent for public radio in Germany 2001- 03
Film teacher at filmschools in Germany and Zürich 2004-2008
Film re-runs and DVD production of own jazzfilm Rising Tones Cross 2005
Director and co-curator of jazzfest INTERPLAY ! BERLIN 2006
Jazz film curator and live acts coordinator IFFF Frauenfilmfestival 2007

Film artist stipend of the Berlin Senat 2007
DVD production ARTS INTERPLAY 2008
Video/Room Installation, Short Films, DVD Productions, 2009
Older videos are shown in German museums 2006, 2017, 2018
Jazzfilm Rising Tones Cross from 1984 has re-runs on several music festivals and in art theaters.

Small scale series in painting and mixed media since 2010
Art Exhibitions in Germany

Since 2017 curating, organizing and travelling with exhibition PAPER PAIRS with artworks by 15 - 24 artists including own.
2018 cooperations with trombonist Paul Hubweber.
2019 Video PAPER PAIRS & TROMBONE Expanded screenings (see it also here on FilmFreeWay.)
and production of ltd. DVD edition

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Director Statement

After several years of working as a fine artist Ebba Jahn's focus shifted 2018 back to the creation of poetic films - short independent HD videos, made with original ccontemporary music, own and found footage, photos and sometimes texts.

Before she had been the writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and producer of about 15 films and videos, shot in Germany and New York City which premiered at German Filmfestivals Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Hofer Filmtage, Berlinale Forum like her most known 2 hour Jazzfilm "Rising Tones Cross" from 1984 - which is still internationally shown.
Her older improvised music videos were recently exhibited in museums, other films are in museum collections and archives in Germany.

Please see the annotated filmography until 2012.