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‘@Bartschland’ Tracks the Influence of a New York Underground Fashion Icon

'@Bartschland' Tracks the Influence of a New York Underground Fashion Icon

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Logline: @Bartschland is a feature documentary exploring NYC culture through the influence of nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch.

Elevator Pitch: 
@Bartschland is a one-of-a-kind documentary about Susanne Bartsch, creator of the Love Ball and NYC’s patron saint of transformation and inclusion. The first and only documentary about this living icon, @Bartschland traces the transformation of the past 30 years in NYC nightlife, fashion, art and the LGBT community through the life of Susanne Bartsch. Known as the “Queen of the Night” in the underground party scene, few people – if any – have witnessed the radical transformation of the city as Susanne Bartsch has.

Production Team:

Directors – Anthony&Alex – We are a director duo who have been pushing the limits of fashion film and music videos for years. We often take an approach most directors do not in order to deepen our own artistic senses. That experimentation was a springboard to this documentary about Susanne Bartsch. Our work has been featured in Paper Magazine, Bullett, Dazed, Vice’s Noisey, MTV and Vh1, allowing us to carve out a space in the avant-garde film scene. This is our first feature film.

Producer / DP – Michael Beach Nichols is an award-winning filmmaker and the recipient of Jerome Foundation and Rooftop Filmmaker grants. His acclaimed second feature film, “Welcome to Leith,” debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It will air on PBS’ Independent Lens in April 2016. His 2013 feature debut “Flex is Kings” was the opening night film in the Viewpoints section at the Tribeca Film Festival. Previously, he directed The New York Times Op-Doc “Separatist,” the Vimeo Staff Pick “Delivery,” the street dance web series “BKLYN FLEX,” and was part of the Peabody award-winning producing team behind Sundance Channel’s 11-hour docuseries “Brick City.” He is a founding partner of No Weather.

Producer / Teaser Editor – Christopher K. Walker is an award-winning filmmaker whose directorial debut “Welcome to Leith” premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He also edited and produced “Flex is Kings,” edited the Columbia duPont award-winning “Triangle: Remembering the Fire,” and edited the Emmy-nominated “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island” for HBO. He recently directed The New York Times Op-Doc “Separatist” and edited “Freeway: Crack in the System” for acclaimed filmmaker Marc Levin. He is the recipient of Jerome Foundation and Rooftop Filmmaker grants and a Karen Schmeer Award for Documentary Editing. He is a founding partner of No Weather.

Composer – Liam Finn – The chameleon that is Liam Finn’s music has evolved over the course of his nomadic solo career, absorbing the nuances and energy of the multitude of stages he has played on across the globe. Releasing the much loved “I’ll Be Lightning” in 2007, Liam collected accolades internationally and was featured on The David Letterman show, Jools Holland and toured with acts The Black Keys, Eddie Vedder and Wilco. His sophomore release “FOMO” saw him increase his band size and repertoire, and lead the group to settle in Brooklyn. This is where Liam wrote and recorded his third solo record “The Nihilist.” In 2015 Liam created a “perfilmic” art piece entitled “SUCCESS” with his frequent filmic collaborators Anthony&Alex, featuring Brooklyn cult performance artists and actors. It debuted at Melbourne’s ACMI theatre as part of Melbourne Music Week.

Executive Producer – Waleed Khairzada is a creative director, fashion designer, author and founder of Waleed Khairzada Consulting, a multidisciplinary agency based in New York City. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan Waleed began his career as a fashion designer, which culminated in his founding of the acclaimed luxury label NAUM. In 2008 he opened his namesake consulting firm and has worked with a global client base in the development of brands and ideas. Waleed has been a long-standing collaborator with Susanne on a variety of projects, most recently co-curating the groundbreaking exhibition Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch at the Museum at FIT.

About the Film:
We met Susanne a year ago at one of her parties that premiered a short fashion film we created. The next day she contacted us and asked if we were interested in creating a short film about her upcoming FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) exhibit. We typically make avant-garde fashion and music videos, but we were very interested in capturing this moment in time with such an intriguing personality. After one day of filming we realized that it would be a huge mistake to only make a short film – her world and her personality demands a feature-length treatment!

Current Status: We’re currently fundraising for the production and editing phase of this project. We have about 40% shot, and have been filming since August.

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