Portrait of Thomas Krempke. Born in 1957 in Zermatt. Grew up and lives in Zurich. Former activist of the Videoladen and co-author of «Züri brännt». Today working for Andromeda Film AG in post-production for fiction films and documentaries.

English subtitles. Original language: Swissgerman. Duration: 30 Min.
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Content. 00:18: Background. 01:23: How I started getting into film in grammar school. 03:16: I’m studying German philology and get into video / Foundation of the Videoladen Zurich. 04:08: The Video Portapak and the invention of interventionist video. 06:54: Why I participated in the Videoladen / The first productions / «Video uf de Gass». 09:05: Exchange with video groups in West Germany / Establishing a video library, with videos on the movement against nuclear power plants / Counter-public. 10:59: From university, I change to Photography at the School of Arts and Crafts (today: ZHdK). 12:30: 30. May 30, 1980 Opera house riot / Begin of «Züri brännt». 15:41: Montage of «Züri brännt» as a collective process. 22:50: Autumn 1980 Feedback on rough cut of «Züri brännt» at the Rote Fabrik. 24:01: January 1981 Premiere of «Züri brännt» at Solothurn. 25:06: Distribution of «Züri brännt» by the Film Cooperative / The 16mm copy by Jürg Hassler / Zurich premiere in Edi Stöckli’s sex cinema. 26:30: Echo abroad. 26:59: Observer becomes activist / Decline of the AJZ / The AJZ film emerges «Keine Zeit sich auszuruhen» («No time to rest») in cooperation with Christoph Schaub. 28:49: My further development into a professional filmmaker. 29:53: Credits.

This videoportrait of Thomas Krempke is part of a documentation about the history of the independant video movement of the 1970s und 1980s in Switzerland.

Some of the videos mentioned by Thomas Krempke can be viewed on Vimeo in Swissgerman or German:
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