Jörg Heitmann (* 1965) and Bettina Ellerkamp (* 1966) have lived in Berlin since 1985. 1985-91 they studied journalism and film at the Free University of Berlin. Since 1986 they work with film and video.
1990-95 they co-founded the interdisciplinary art and cultural association BOTSCHAFT e.V. with its own venue, Ihr Friseur (1991-95). Media art work in the artist group, conception and realization of film and video events, exhibitions, publications and parties. Participation in national and international exhibitions, festivals and events.
From 1991-2000 co-founder of the group of authors and video production company dogfilm GmbH together with Merle Kröger, Philip Scheffner and Ed van Megen. Development and production of documentaries, experimental feature films, essays and video art in cooperation with Kanal 4, ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel, ARTE and 3Sat.
2000- Foundation of the production company home productions GmbH. Development and realization of various projects at the interface between documentary storytelling and visual arts.
While Bettina Ellerkamp worked as an artistic assistant in the directing course and as part of a women’s research project at the Konrad Wolf University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 2001-2007, studied Shiatsu practitioner at the Zen Shiatsu School in Berlin from 2007-2011 and functioned as co-founder, co-director, lecturer and mentor of the PMMC Professional Media Master Class for Documentary of the Werkleitz Gesellschaft, Halle (Saale) from 2011-2020, Jörg Heitmann started his work as a project developer in 2001 with a focus on the conversion of special properties and listed buildings. 2006-2016 he was chairman of the supervisory board of the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art e.V ..
In 2012, Jörg Heitmann acquired the former Wedding crematorium in Berlin and began carefully renovating the individual monument. In 2013, together with Bettina Ellerkamp, he founded the silent green Kulturquartier, an event and exhibition space and protected space for thinking, research and experimentation with a focus on film and music (www.silent-green.net).
|1992-94||„Z“ magazine for politics, satire and arts;|
spots and shortvideos; 0.20 – 4.17 min. for Kanal 4
|1995||„Try to Survive till 2005“ video-essay; 54 min.|
„Out of Body“ video-essay; 26 min. for ARTE
„Juristic Bodies“ video-essay; 49 min. for ZDF, Das kleine Fernsehspiel
|1996-97||Thematic evening „Soap or Life is a Soap Opera“ documentaries, video-essays and videoart; 270 min. for ARTE|
|1998-99||„Hungry Minds Think Alike“ international videoproject|
„killer.berlin.doc“ semi-documentary essay; 73 min. for ZDF, Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Thematic evening „no human is illegal“
documentaries and video-essays; 330 min. for ARTE
„workstation“ pilot for a magazine; shortvideos within a frame story; 30 min. for ZDF/3Sat
Museum of Modern Art New York
Berlinale: International Forum of Young Films (main program)
„Dogfilm Retrospective“ at the Transmediale Berlin 2001
Tokyo International Film Festival
International Film Festival Karlovy Vary
Melbourne International Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent
International Ljubljana Film Festival (competition)
Mumbai International Film Festival
International Film Camera Festival “Manaki Brothers”, Bitola, (competition)
Leeds International Film Festival
Image Forum Festival Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama)
Copenhagen Film Festival: Crossing Boundaries
Kassel documentary and video festival
Goethe Institute Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Montréal, Warsaw
Videofest and Transmediale Berlin
European Media Art Forum Osnabrück
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Stuttgart film winter
Swiss Institute New York
Impact Festival Utrecht
„Golden Rose“ from Montreux