Eric Black, Producer
Black was born in Ohio. He bought his first camera — a Pentacon — in East Berlin when he was 14. Some of the first photographs he shot were black-and-white images of East Berlin. Black attended high school in West Berlin and has returned many times, camera in hand. He studied photography, anthropology, and political economy at the University of California (Santa Cruz and Berkeley), graduating with honors, and the Chancellor's Award for Art. Black studied film in the cinema department at San Francisco State University. His first film, Two Eggs Any Style, won the Western States Student Academy Award. He has shot many documentaries since and has worked twice with the American director Jon Jost in Rome. Black is also the recipient of a stipend from the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
Frauke Sandig, Producer
Born in West Germany six months before the Wall was constructed in 1961, Sandig moved to Berlin one year before the fall of the Wall. She holds a master of arts degree from the University of Erlangen, Germany, where she studied drama, German literature, and philosophy. She has worked as a television producer (RIAS, Deutsche Welle) and director of more than 20 documentaries in the city of Berlin, including In the Same Boat; When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit; Konrad Merz: The Man Who Fell From Germany; George Tabori: The Grand Old Man of the Theater; and Krakow, Stories of a City. Her most recent film, Oskar & Jack, tells the story of twins separated at birth who grew up in totally different worlds. It screened at festivals around the world.