I am Theresia Reinhold, creator and driving force behind Information. What Are They Looking At? I am an independent documentary filmmaker, with a background in contemporary history and journalism. For the past 6 years I have been, and continuously am, dedicated to work on socially and politically meaningful topics.
In 2012/13 I travelled the USA for 3 months, researching and shooting Dreams & Pieces, a documentary exploring the interconnected relationship between racism and “The American Dream”. To maintain trust and intimacy between myself and my interviewees, I choose to shoot this film alone. Thereby I acted as camera person, interview partner, writer and director. My goal was to create as much space as possible for natural, honest dialogue on a topic fraught with tension and anxiety.
Additionally, I have created and participated in a number of projects exploring under-addressed topics. One example is the film Underground Dance which portrays the fight of sex workers against governmental discrimination. As director, camera person and editor I was able to both form trusting relationships with the protagonists, and ensure integrity in the portrayal of their activist performance in the final piece.
In my short fiction film Have you been missing me? I sought to bring a fresh perspective on the experiences of those dealing with depression, sorrow and suicide. Having total creative control of the piece gave me the ability to focus on creating an experience, rather than merely a detached glimpse into this world. With this approach, I hoped to foster greater understanding of the experiences and struggles of those dealing with these struggles, either themselves or through loved ones.
Alongside my independent work I have collaborated with a number of ethically-aligned organisations, including Netzpolitik.org and newthinking to create film content for their platforms.
My work as a documentarian is both complimented and influenced by my work in journalism. In 2011 I began working with the independent news broadcaster, Kontext TV. My work with the organisation was incredibly varied, and ranged from covering the Occupy movement in Berlin and the ECB protests in Frankfurt, to editing reports, such as Kontext TV’s insight into the from the World Social Forum in Tunis in 2013.
Throughout my journalism career I’ve had the opportunity to interview a number of individuals I admire and respect, all of whom have contributed to my views and direction as a documentarian. During my time at Kontext-TV I interviewed Right Livelihood Award laureates Nnimmo Bassey and Alyn Ware; Journalist Chris Hedges, and former CIA analysts Elizabeth Murray and Ray McGovern.
While working for Netzpolitik.org I shot interviews with some of the most insightful contributors to the current debate on privacy and surveillance, including author and activist Corey Doctorow, and whistleblowers Thomas Drake, Jessalyn Raddack, Bill Binney and Coleen Rowley. I also wrote articles on the subject and shot image films for the organisation. My writing on privacy and surveillance has also been published in S&S Media’s “Webmagazin”. As I grew steadily more observant of these subject I went on to work for the organisation European Digital Rights in Brussels in 2016. Gaining an active insight into EU advocacy work has been the goal of this course of action. During the same time I co-created the Youth Media programme for Logan Symposium; an initiative to give young, aspiring journalists the opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside acclaimed investigative journalists. Here, I was responsible for the design and direction of the programme. Moreover, I interviewed and selected the candidates and oversaw the progress of the preparation of the project.
My background in contemporary history provides me with the socio-political insight to understand the implications of complex societal processes. My research focus has been and still is on hierarchies of power and structural discrimination in the 20th and 21st century. Those aspects will also play a major role in Information. What Are They Looking At?. Some of the more precise problems I have been working on where the inherent racist inequalities in film-making due to the history of its development, the European Human Rights Convention, the militarisation of space and history of CCTV surveillance and privacy in Great Britain.
Dreams & Pieces
- 19th PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection) London, UK, August 28, 2014
- 9th SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection) St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, May 1, 2014
- OKRA SHORTS (Official Selection, Non competitive), February, 2016
- BLACKBIRD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Non competitive), November 2, 2015
- 10. PORNFILMFESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection) Berlin, Germany, October 26, 2015
Presentations on Conferences
LiMA 2017 by Linke Medienakademie, Berlin, Germany, April 2017
- Workshop: Privacy is a human right (Link)
RightsCon by AccessNow, Brussels, Belgium March 2017
- Presentation of „Information. What are they looking at?“ (Link)
PrivacyCamp by EDRi, Brussels, Belgium, January 2017
- Lighting Talk on „Information. What are they looking at?“ (Video)
Privacy Week, Vienna, Austria, October 2016
- Presentation of „Information. What are they looking at?“ (Video available online shortly)
51. Netzpolitischer Abend, c-base, Berlin Germany, August 2016
- „Information.“ A documentary on privacy for the broad audience (Video)
re:publica 2016, Berlin, Germany, May 2016
- Re:Presentation of Surveillance Agencies in Popular Culture (Video)
Unit Festival, Berlin, Germany, May 2016
- Overcoming the Threshold (Link)
International Journalism Festival, Perugia, Italy, March 2016
- Between Cryptoparty and Brussels: How important is the fight for Digital Rights for you? (Video)
re:publica 2015, Berlin, Germany, May 2015
- Weapons in Space? (Link)
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