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AQUA IMPROMPTU

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."

  • Ebba Jahn
    Director
  • Ebba Jahn
    Writer
  • Ebba Jahn
    Producer
  • Paul Hubweber
    Music
    Trombone - Title Music
  • Trio Sverdrup Balance - Jean-Michel Van Schouburg
    Music
    Vocals
  • Yoko Miura
    Music
    Piano
  • Lawrence Casserley
    Music
    Signal Processor
  • Gudrun Arndt
    Photos
    Water Surfaces
  • Irén Bìrò Bucher
    Photos
    Paper Pairs Photos
  • Matthias Leyk
    Archival Materials
    Hail at Stocherkahn
  • NASA ARCHIVES
    Archival Materials
    with Dr. Don Petitt, Scott Kelly
  • City of Vancouver Archive
    Archival Materials
    Mike Collier film excerpt
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Short Film, Documents, Archive Material, Water, Space, Photofilm, Video, Reality
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 7, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distributor Information
  • Ebba Jahn
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Ebba Jahn

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

I'm the writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and producer of about 15 films and videos, shot in Germany and New York City which premiered at mainly German Filmfestivals Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Hofer Filmtage, Berlinale Forum like my most known 2 hour Jazzfilm Rising Tones Cross from 1984 - which is still internationally shown.
My older improvised music videos were recently shown in museums, other films were collected by museums and archives in Germany.

Please see the annotated filmography.
http://www.ebbajahn.de/FilmPals/Filmografie.html