What started in 1989 as a small production company with lofty ideals, has
now become one of the most renowned film productions focused on sustainable topics in Germany. For more than 31 years we at fechnerMEDIA have been producing international cinema- and TV-documentaries that inspire, spark political action and bring people together. We are proud of:
For the new documentary fiction film FRIDAYS – THE STORY OF A
NEW WORLD, an extraordinary directing duo will join forces:
And we have done so independently! That is why we have always produced our films through crowdfunding: thus free from the influence of politics, industry or the interests of third parties.
Our films THE 4th REVOLUTION, POWER TO CHANGE and CLIMATE WARRIORS would not have been possible without the support of many committed, visionary people – people like you.
Regisseur Carl-A. Fechner (*1953) is a qualified pedagogue, journalist, filmmaker and producer.
Since foundation in 1989, his company fechnerMEDIA showcased “role-models for sustainable action” in a large number of internationally award-winning cinema documentaries, television reports in over 80 countries, publicity campaigns and cross-media projects.
His films THE 4THREVOLUTION (2010), POWER TO CHANGE (2016) and CLIMATE WARRIORS (2018), with their several million viewers and unique event campaigns, are among some of the most successful cinema documentaries worldwide. As a winner of the European Solar Prize and, among others, the B.A.U.M. Environmental Prize, Carl-A. Fechner has long been convinced that a comprehensive change in values is a way forward.
She studied media science with a focus on film sociology and media psychology. Since her youth, she has been committed to issues of sustainability also pursuing this path through her professional career: after initial work experience in the video department at Greenpeace and participation in various independent film projects, she began working at fechnerMEDIA as an author, director and producer in 2017. Her TV documentary “BETWEEN COAL AND CLIMATE”, for which she was awarded “Best Woman Filmmaker” in addition to dozens of other festival successes, reached more than half a million people in prime time of the German First national broadcaster ARD. FRIDAYS – THE STORY OF A NEW WORLD is her cinema debut film alongside renowned film producer Carl-A. Fechner.
Since her diploma studies in International Management (BIM) Katja Schwenke is interested in sustainable economic concepts and a change of values and systems in the economy.
In the field of renewable energies, she then spent 10 years as a member of the board at WKN AG, where she built up a start-up company into a leading international medium-sized group. In the further course of her work as an entrepreneur and executive coach, Katja trained in the field of documentary film and worked as an executive producer in the music industry and as a screenwriter.
With FRIDAYS she has found a cinema documentary film project that combines her fields of interest and supports the project as a creative producer.
In 2002 Gabriele Di Stefano started out at fechnerMEDIA as a Production Assistant working on diverse film projects. In 2006 she became the company’s Head of Production responsible for numerous successful TV and corporate films.
In 2009 she took a one-year professional development course by the Cologne Film School and Babelsberg Studios to become a certified production manager and producer.
From 2009 to 2013, Patrick Fait completed his training as a media designer for image and sound at fechnerMEDIA and subsequently worked as the technical director. During his time at fechnerMEDIA and his following studies at the FH Dortmund in Film & Sound with focus on film, Patrick implemented numerous projects as a graphic designer and cutter. Since 2018, Patrick Fait has once again become an integral part of our team and is responsible for handling the post production of FRIDAYS.
You want to know how things are going behind the scenes of FRIDAYS – THE STORY OF A NEW WORLD and are looking for more inspiration on sustainable topics? In our newsletter we will keep you regularly informed about the progress of the production process, give you an insight into the day-to-day shooting and share inspiring ideas with you. In addition to our social media channels, you will also be the first to hear about special competitions, such as a day on the film set!
Du willst wissen, wie es hinter den Kulissen von FRIDAYS – THE STORY OF A NEW WORLD vorangeht und hast Lust auf mehr Inspiration zu nachhaltigen Themen? In unserem Newsletter informieren wir dich regelmäßig über den Fortgang des Produktionsprozesses, geben Einblicke in den Drehalltag und teilen inspirierende Ideen mit euch. Neben unseren Social-Media-Kanälen erfährst du hierüber außerdem als Erstes von besonderen Gewinnspielen, wie z.B. einem Tag am Filmset!