VIP - VideoChannel Interview Project

Kanders, Kristina

Kristina Kanders
German videomaker


Interview: 10 questions

1. Tell me something about your life and educational background
From Wikipedia:
Kristina Kanders went 1987 to New York City to study music (1992 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music, Jazz & Contemporary Music Program, New School University, 1997 Master of Arts Degree in Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College)

From 1994 to 2005 she taught ear training, drum set and percussion at the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program. In addition she worked from 1999 to 2005 as Acting Director of Academic Affairs for the Jazz & Contemporary Music Program.

In her New York years 1987 – 2005 Kristina Kanders performed in numerous concerts, festivals and radio broadcasts in the USA and Europe, among others with Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey (Special guests: John Zorn, Marc Ribot, David Brosa und Cibo Mato), her own group Sambanditos, Kit McClure Big Band, Joe McGinty, Huevos Rancheiros, Boo Trundle, Maria Excommunikata, and many others.

2005 Kristina Kanders returned to Cologne and produces her own music. 2006-2009 she performed frequently on drums with Frank Köllges’ Adam Noidlt Missiles Orchestra. Since 2007 she has produced two solo albums “For All People” (2008) and “Say Something” (2010) and published several music videos on YouTube.

2. When, how and why did you start filming?
I started filming my first music videos back in NYC in the 90’s for promotional purposes.

3. What kind of subjects do your films have?
Anything that is important to me, i.e. love, respect, courage, hope, friendship, human rights, enlightenment.

4. How do you develop your films, do you follow certain principles, styles etc?
No, each time is like the first, it totally depends on the music.

5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.
I use a MacBook Pro, and use a Lumix camera, Logic and Final Cut.

6. What are the chances of the digital video technologies for creating art using “moving images” generally, and for you personally?
It has never been easier and less expensive to make decent quality moving images than today. For me as an artist this is fantastic.

7. How do you finance your films?
No budget, completely home-made.

8. Do you work individually as a video artist/film maker or do you work in a team?
if you have experience in both, what is the difference, what do you prefer?

So far I have worked alone, except some friends gave me some feedback here and there. I don’t know yet, but I might enjoy team work.

9. Who or what has a lasting influence on your film/video making?
My favorite directors are Stanley Kubrick, Tom Tykwer, Pedro Almodóvar

10. What are your future plans or dreams as a film/video maker?
I’d like to make a video to every song I have written. Would love to work with other artists together on this.

11. Can works of yours viewed online besides on the CologneOFF platform? Where? List some links & resources
Yes, here are some of my music videos on YouTube:

Human Rights


Happy Birthday

My Womb

Say Something

Golden Gate

Plucking Daisies