Dear visitor, this is a chronological display of works and projects that I worked on or was involved with in various functions. I am happy if you take a look – don’t hesitate to ask for links or further information on any of the projects.

Projects

BOYS

Together with my long-time collaborator Felicitas Sonvilla I created and realized a documentary series of six episodes about masculinity. The series attempts to inspire an open discussion of this sensitive but universal topic in everyday life. It’s about asking questions and crossing barriers that often keep us from finding answers. We interviewed 30 young men in Berlin, resulting in honest, fearless and sometimes humorous dialogues. After each interview we asked our protagonists to choose a song and dance for the camera.

Documentary Series, 6 x 15 min
ZDF (Das kleine Fernsehspiel)

Director, Camera, Edit Felicitas Sonvilla & Nina Wesemann
Music Silvius Sonvilla
Edit Ella Cieslinski
Camera Laura Ettel
Producer Linda Hartogs
Set Design Carlo Siegfried
Title Design Paul Putzar
Production Horse & Fruits

SCHWIERIGKEITEN BEIM VERSTÄNDNIS

‘Die Bairishe Geisha’ is a theatre collective consisting of Judith Huber and Eva Löbau. For the play celebrating their 20th anniversary I created four short films that were sent to the audience prior to the performances. In the play and films we dealt with their history as a collective and focused on the meanings of ghosts and fortunes within creative processes. The films also retell the story of the well-known Japanese Saga THE BALLAD OF THE NARAYAMA by Shichiso Fukazawa, which deals with the tradition of a mountain village where the elderly take on a burdensome one-way-journey up a mountain of the region – the Narayama.

Shortfilms for a Theatre Production, 4 x 5 min
Die Bairishe Geisha

Performance Judith Huber, Eva Löbau
Concept, Camera, Director Nina Wesemann
Edit Laura Kansy
Producer Martina Neu
Stage Markus Grob
Costume Detlev Diehm

ARCTIC

During the winter of 2019/20 I spent four months in the central arctic on the German icebreaker Polarstern. My colleague Lars Barthel and I were sent by UFA Show & Factual to shoot documentary footage during leg II of the one-year-long scientific expedition MOSAiC. Polarstern was frozen into the ice, drifting across the north pole and accommodating 50 international scientists and 50 crew members. Being part of the journey during polar night we didn’t see any daylight until the very last week at the beginning of March when a Russian exchange icebreaker arrived and we eventually set sail home. It is still difficult to find words to describe the experience. UFA Show & Factual produced several films about the entire expedition that were broadcasted on German national television and other TV channels.

Feature Documentary Film, 90 min

UFA Show & Factual

Leg II Camera Lars Barthel
Leg II Sound, Assistance Camera Nina Wesemann
Director Philipp Grieß

CREATURE

CREATURE is a 30-minute dance film featuring performances of the Ben J. Riepe Company orchestrated in the Wuppertaler Schauspielhaus. The performers and their movements were set in correlation to the architecture of the house while remembering voices of Pina Bausch’s dancers set the theme for questions such as: How to deal with memories, legacy and decay during a pandemic where the future is not tangible and culture, movement and touch aren’t feasible? “Often we remember because we have lost something” says one of the dancers in the beginning. The film was realized for the Tanzfestival NRW in cooperation with the Tanztheater Wuppertal.

Dance Film, 30 minutes
Ben J. Riepe Company

Artistic Director, Concept, Choreography Ben J. Riepe
Concept, Camera, Edit Nina Wesemann
Camera Assistent Linda Schefferski
Sound Design Max Walter
Color Grading David Wesemann

KINDER

For my graduation at HFF Munich I created a feature-length documentary about four 10-year-old children living in Berlin. I worked as a one-person-team, observing and accompanying my protagonists for 9 months. Strolling through the city with them, we experienced their freedom as well as their first signs of rebellion. The film dips into the last days of childhood, into a “Paradise Lost” nobody can save or lose. The film premiered at Berlinale/ Generation in 2019 and toured at several other festivals afterwards.

Feature Documentary Film, 77 minutes
HFF München, Leykauf Film

Director, Camera Nina Wesemann
Edit Ulrike Tortora
Production Nicole Leykauf
Music Pierce Black, Max Walter
Dramaturgy Ella Cieslinski

JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION

Between 2018 and 2021 I created about 10 documentations for the Julia Stoschek Collection. I always enjoyed having unique access to the exhibitions and spent many hours alone with the art works. Since I mostly showcased video works in the films one interesting question accompanied me frequently – how to show and edit the video works within a video? You can watch the documentaries in the archive of the Julia Stoschek Collection. Among others I was lucky to document the exhibitions of Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, A. K. Burns, Stan Douglas, Jeremy Shaw and the performances of Colin Self and Jason Moran at JSC Berlin.

Exhibition Documentaries, 2018 – 2021

Julia Stoschek Collection

Concept, Camera, Edit Nina Wesemann
Curator Lisa Long
Paola Malavassi

GLEISDREIECKE

GLEISDREIECKE is a film that was created rather spontaneously filming a Tanzfabrik Workshop by Sigal Zouk and Jan Burkhardt. The workshop was the first reunion of dancers and performers following the Covid-lockdown in Germany and the reopening of the Tanzfabrik Berlin. We were allowed to rehearse inside but the rehearsal often spilled over to a near-by park. The only constraint was to not touch one another, which gave the improvisation practices of Jan and Sigal a whole new direction. I was stunned by how the performers integrated much more naturally within the park’s space and I experienced the absence of touch being less excluding towards the people around us. I began filming our last session using only a few edits to finish the film.

Experimental Dance Film, 57 min

Tanz Fabrik Berlin

Camera, Edit Nina Wesemann
Workshop Sigal Zouk, Jan Burkhardt

MEIN BRUDER KANN TANZEN

The director, Felicitas Sonvilla tries to save the damaged relationship with her younger brother Silvius. Together with their friend and camera person, Nina, they leave for a road trip through Europe, visiting the places of a fragmented childhood. During the shooting Silvius is in charge of composing the music for the film, but doesn’t interact with Felicitas the way she wants him to. Between car breakdowns, fights in parks and rare moments of intimacy, the film paints a portrait of two siblings, who don’t want to understand that they need each other.

Feature Documentary, 60 min

Horse & Fruits Film Productions

Director Felicitas Sonvilla
Camera Nina Wesemann
Production Florian Brüning, Thomas Herberth
Music Silvius Sonvilla
Editor Sebastian Schreiner

PETER HANDKE - Bin im Wald. Kann sein, dass ich mich verspäte

This documentary on the Nobel prize-winning author Peter Handke was my first feature work as a camera person. I spent about 20 days filming with Handke in Paris, Frankfurt and Serbia. The film premiered at Locarno Film Festival in 2016. It shows Mr. Handke as a young man and accompanies him in his daily life today, always devoted to language, posing questions such as: Where are we now? And, to quote one of his early films: How to live?

Feature-length Documentary, 90 min

zero one film

Director Corinna Belz
Producer Thomas Kufus
DOP Nina Wesemann
Axel Schneppat
Piotr Rosolowski
Editor Stephan Krumbiegel
Sound Andreas Hildebrandt

MY LONESOME HOLOGRAM

For MY LONESOME HOLOGRAM Daniel Hengst and  I worked with the novel of A. B. Casares “The Invention of Morel”. During the performative VR-Installation the visitor is guided through several steps that introduce the tale of Casares, dealing with the creation of a hologram, leading to a visit on an island where you meet your own hologram as well as others and their voices. The installation was performed twice, once at Dok Fest Leipzig in 2016 and once at HFF Munich.

Performative Virtual Reality Installation, 30 min

University of Television and Film Munich

Concept, Realisation Nina Wesemann
Daniel Hengst
Coding Frank Génot
Island Design Lars Ullrich

LA FAMILLE

During my studies 10 students were sent to Tunisia to explore journalistic fimmaking. I wanted to portray a family and reflect within that relationship the current political state as well as the traces of the revolution that had started in Tunisia only one year before in 2010/2011. I made a film that I still value a lot because for me it is an example of the serendipitous moments of documentary filmmaking in connection with an open gaze.

Short Documentary, 22 min

HFF München

Camera, Director, Edit Nina Wesemann
Line Producer Tobias M. Huber
Sound Edit Andreas Goldbrunner
Supervisor Katrin John