How would I describe myself? What am I proud of? Is there anything I regret? How do I want to be remembered? You only have to ask the right questions to get at a person beneath the surface.

In 2009 David Lynch started his one-of-a-kind interview project. Therefor his son Austin and filmmaker Jason S. went on a roadtrip through the USA to interview random people they met during their journey. They developed a genuine documentary of american people, only being published online, an episode every week. David Lynch remained only producer of the project but introduces every episode himself. Back then I already liked the idea of interviewing people during a roadtrip and I was even happier about the news that the next country they’ll be visiting would be Germany. So last year, Austin an Jason did a 4 week trip to interview 50 people off the beaten track of German roads. Yesterday Interview Project Germany started with the first episode.

“Everybody has a story to tell and it has been captured by the IPG film crew. These stories are personal and unexpected, authentic and touching. They are about happiness, sudden turning-points, breaking down and getting up again, about desire, love, faith, fear, hopes and ideas. Many of the people that were interviewed haven´t shared their lives to such a personal extent with anyone before.”

I was lucky enough to attend the launch event, where some interviews were screened as a preview and David Lynch talked to the audience via Skype. I was really impressed by the sensitiveness of the short films and interviews so far, all the episodes were put together beautifully. Although I had the feeling they only picked people slightly battered from life (at least for the screening), Interview Project Germany is an exceptional contemporary witness of German people and what touches them and you definitely should make sure to watch the episodes, which will come out weekly (as in the US version).

www.interviewproject.de


This post was written by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, who has a funny name even for Germans; she is a wicked go-getter and creative freelance designer, photographer and blogger.

She has an eye for beauty and even finds it in ugly apartment blogs. Her weekly photo chronicle “My week in pictures” has already become a classic among urban Berliners. Find out more at smaracuja.de.

 

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