Hamburg International Short Film Festival – June 3 – 9, 2013 Hilbert Space – A performance art piece by Karl Nussbaum The first time I met the New York based filmmaker Karl Nussbaum, was at a party by some friends of mine here in Hamburg several years ago. At that time he was going through a very difficult time since his father had just recently died. They had a very close relationship and Nussbaum was trying to deal with this lose. I hadn’t seen him since then and was looking forward to seeing his performance piece. The performance took place in one of the most beautiful rooms at Kolbenhof. The…
“Karl Nussbaum has been making films for over 18 years. He is a founding member of FILM CRASH, a N.Y. based film collective. His films have been screened nationally and internationally. In 1995 he won a jury prize at the Hamburg International Kurz Film Festival and has also won prizes at the Black Maria Film Festival, the Hamptons International, Philadelphia International…”
“Thanatos & Eros: The Birth of the Holy Freak (Karl Nussbaum, Germany) – A strangely effective mixed-media documentary about the Holocaust, cancer, friendship, family dynamics, faith, lack of faith and the desire to be different. Some 12 different mediums were used in this Photoshop wet dream. Not entirely successful in content, but stunningly original in form.”
Nussbaum pours all of himself into this piece of art, using the voice of his emotions to narrate the piece and express his feelings, while at the images of Christ, Stars of David, gas chambers, railroad tracks, concentration camps, and human abomination flash before the viewer’s eyes as a companion for Nussbaum’s vocals.