Directors’ Statement

At the core of MEMORY GAMES is a group of unique and diverse characters from different corners of the world who all share a common talent: They are able to memorize and recall almost anything.

Claus Wehlisch

Director

Claus Wehlisch (*1972 in West Berlin) is a German film editor and director.

He trained as a sound engineer at SAE Institute in London. From the late 1990s, he was mainly active in film editing and occasionally as a film composer. He worked as assistant editor and co-editor on several high-profile productions, including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Jonathan Glazer’s Birth (2004). Since moving to his native Germany in 2007 he has edited more than a dozen international film and television productions, including Cloud Atlas, Hector and the Search for Happiness, as well as the TV Series Babylon Berlin.

In 2017/2018, he co-wrote, co-directed, and edited his first movie, the documentary Memory Games. It was his third collaboration with Janet Tobias, after editing her documentary No Place on Earth and working with her on Unseen Enemy.

For his editing work he has won several awards, including the Grimme Award for outstanding editing for Babylon Berlin.

Filmography

Janet Tobias

Director

Janet Tobias is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Tobias started her film and television career at CBS’ 60 Minutes as Diane Sawyer’s associate producer. After working at the networks for a little over a decade, she moved to PBS where she created and executive produced, the Emmy Award-winning PBS program Life 360. She made her theatrical debut in 2012 with the documentary feature No Place On Earth, which debuted at TIFF. Her most recent documentary feature, Unseen Enemy was released at the Copenhagen and Beijing International Film Festivals and broadcast on five continents in nine languages. Both films were nominated for Writers Guild Awards.

Zac Nicholson

Director of photography

Zac James Nicholson is an American filmmaker born in New York and living in Brooklyn. His work as a director and cinematographer spans the medium from narrative to documentary film, and is regarded for its unique character-driven, cinematic perspective.

​Among a number of feature length projects currently in production, he is co-directing and shooting a documentary about a little known but highly influential 1970s New York area rock club, My Father’s Place, and the unlikely impresario behind it.

Most recently, Zac shot the short film, Observatory Blues, staring Tom Schiller and Amy Sedaris, has been a favorite at festivals and beyond, picking up a Vimeo Staff Pick among other accolades.

John Piscitello

Composer

John Piscitello is an American composer whose scores have been called “sublime” and “exquisite“.

John grew up performing as a bassist in nearly every imaginable genre. In between a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School, John performed in Boston clubs and as principal bassist for the New England Philharmonic.

Following a career in engineering and product management for MOTU and Google, John studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, and the Screen Scoring program at USC Thornton.

His acclaimed soundtrack to No Place on Earth was called a “masterpiece” and is available from Varèse Sarabande. His recent work includes scores for Too Funny To Fail on Hulu, Unseen Enemy on CNN, Becoming Bond on Hulu, and the interactive Eko series That Moment When.

Stefan Kessner

Animation

Stefan Kessner is a lead Visual Effects supervisor for feature films, commercials and animation projects.

Stefan started to work in Visual Effects back in 1989 when the Visual Effects industry in Germany started to develop. He worked for music videos, finishing over 200 videos for bands like Rammstein and Mick Jagger as well as commercials for big brands like Deutsche Post, Telekom, Audi and Volkswagen.

Together with Max Stolzenberg he founded the companies „TRUGFILM“ and „LUG Animation“ in Berlin and Cologne, Germany. Since then, LUGUNDTRUG has been working on a growing number of Feature Films, Animations and VR-Projects.

Producers

Heino Deckert

Ma.ja.de Filmproduktion

Janet Tobias

Sierra Tango

Rogger Lopez

Sierra Tango

Tina Börner

Ma.ja.de Filmproduktion

Zsofi Lili Kovacs

Ma.ja.de Filmproduktion