Klaus "Kino" Koblitz's lost Weimar Era films are rediscovered by a new generation of artists and film buffs, inviting artistic collaboration
Online PR News – 13-April-2012 – Washington, DC – More than sixty years after the Nazi government destroyed his films, the granddaughter of German filmmaker Klaus “Kino” Koblitz is bringing the legendary silent film director to a new generation.
A native of New York, Mina Koblitz long believed all her grandfather’s films were destroyed when the Nazi party rose to prominence in the 1930s. Then his first film, "Tulpendiebe" ("The Tulip Thief"), appeared mysteriously on her doorstep and Ms. Koblitz seized the opportunity to preserve his memory. With the help of filmmaker Ivan Guerrero, the original "Tulpendiebe" trailer is available in a restored version and can be seen online at Tulpendiebe.tumblr.com/trailer.
When a German-American writer, Jürgen Fauth, expressed interest in her grandfather’s story, Ms. Koblitz realized her grandfather’s legacy could live into the twenty-first century. Fauth’s debut novel, "Kino" (Atticus Books, April 2012, $14.95), explores Ms. Koblitz’s story from the day she finds "Tulpendiebe" on her doorstep to her travels in Germany to uncover the truth about her grandfather’s past.
“Kino knew that art requires inspiration, collaborators, and freedom in order to grow and breathe,” Ms. Koblitz said over the phone from her home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. “I am looking for likeminded souls to help me extend my grandfather's legacy and create something larger than Jürgen Fauth's novel, which, after all, tells only one version of the story.”
Ms. Koblitz encourages anyone to participate in creating artwork—photography, art, fiction, movie posters, trailers, soundtracks—from one of Kino’s films or from the plethora of inspiration from the Weimar Era, the period in which her grandfather lived. “I started the Tulpendiebe blog as a celebration of my grandfather and his work, a way to keep his ideals alive by collecting traces of the art, people, and events that shaped his life,” Ms. Koblitz said. “And now I want to take that further. Anything is possible.”
Mr. Fauth and his publisher have jumped on the offer, too. In an e-mail, Mr. Fauth said, “I’m opening up the world of my novel for participation. Anyone is welcome to tweak it. They can add to it or rewrite scenes. It’s there for the taking.”
Atticus Books is offering signed copies of "Kino" for the most creative submissions that are received by May 15. All submissions will be considered for inclusion in an enhanced multimedia remix e-book edition of Kino. Submissions can be made to Mina Koblitz through the Tulpendiebe blog or by e-mailing her at email@example.com.
Ms. Koblitz adds: “As my grandfather might have said: why do it if it's not fun?”
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Born in 1902, KLAUS “KINO” KOBLITZ, was the Wunderkind of Neubabelsberg, a visionary director whose work was destroyed by the German government in 1943. The restored trailer for his first film, "Tulpendiebe" ("The Tulip Thief"), can be found at Tulpendiebe.tumblr.com/trailer, a blog dedicated to his memory.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JÜRGEN FAUTH is a writer, film critic, translator, and co-founder of the literary community Fictionaut. He was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and received his doctorate from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He lives with his wife, writer Marcy Dermansky, and their daughter Nina. "Kino" is his first novel. Follow him on Twitter at @muckster.
ABOUT ATTICUS BOOKS
Atticus Books is a publishing house based in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC that specializes in literary fiction. Atticus is run by founder and publisher Dan Cafaro and assistant editor Libby O’Neill. Visit us on the web at http://www.AtticusBooksOnline.com.