Short film: SERENITY

New short film SERENITY, published on December 31st, 2016, written & directed by Andrea Oberheiden-Brent, featuring the poem ‘Fear no more the heat o’ the sun’ by William Shakespeare (1564–1616) from ‘Cymbeline’, Act IV. Scene 2.


FLAp Podcast episode No. 1 is online!

The first episode of our FLAp Podcast is online! We discuss Robin Williams‘ last dramatic performance in a movie and also talk about the film’s cinematography. A follow-up episode is already in the making. If you’d like to participate, please get in touch with us.

FLAp ep. 1 on Youtube

FLAp ep. 1 oflap podcast playern FLAp website

Art Project „Erratische Blöcke“ in Loitz, Germany

Riding My Way
Riding My Way (photo by: Andrea Oberheiden-Brent)

The next art project „Erratic Blocks“ of the art association „Künstler Gut Loitz e.V.“ will take place on October 30th and 31st, 2015 in Loitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Andrea will write about Wyman’s art pieces in the upcoming exhibition’s publication.

The background for this year’s art project is the 200th anniversary of Sweden ceding Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (which had fallen under Swedish rule in 1648) to Prussia.

Wyman’s topic is the influence of history on people’s everyday lives; his artwork falls into the categories of found art and ready-mades. Andrea and Wyman collaborated artistically on some of the art pieces

Art catalogue publication

IMG_8743[1] The catalogue in collaboration with our art project in Rostock has been published. My husband Wyman Brent wrote an introductory text, I wrote and co-wrote three articles on the history of certain symbols in art history as well as on current art projects in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (East Germany). The art projects were created in connection with local associations („Vereine“), an integral part of German culture.

Al Jolson Memorial Stone in Lithuania

DSC_0249Al Jolson received a memorial stone at Jakovas Bunka’s Litvak memorial park near Plateliai, a small village in the North West of Lithuania, on September 17th, 2014. Jakovas Bunka recently passed away and was considered the last Jew in the town of Plunge, close to Plateliai. Bunka’s son Eugenijus, journalist, writer, and activist, is now leading the foundation. Jens J. Reinke, my partner at and my husband Wyman covered the event.

Book publication: Der Spielfilm des Nationalsozialismus

book publication
Heimat und Fremde im NS-Spielfilm

As of now, you can order my new book publication on Fictional Films in Nationalsocialist Germany online and/or at book stores within Germany. The book focuses on how Heimat (home) and Fremde (the foreign) are being portrayed and discussed in different genres of fictional German films between 1933 and 1945. Language of the book is German.

Ab sofort kann mein Buch „Der Spielfilm des Nationalsozialismus: Abgrenzung von der Fremde und Kampf für die Heimat“ online (z.B. auf bestellt werden. Aber auch auf einem traditionellen Gang in ein Buchgeschäft wird man fündig.

Hier ein kurzer Auschnitt aus der Kurzbeschreibung:

Was ist Heimat? Neben einer ortsgebundenen Dimension schließt eine Definition von Heimat doch auch soziokulturelle und zeitliche Dimensionen mit ein. Diese Studie untersucht die ‚Heimat‘- und ‚Fremde‘-Modelle in den Spielfilmen des Nationalsozialismus. Zentrale Rolle spielt dabei das Verhältnis von Medium und Ideologie. Kann es überhaupt unpolitische deutsche Spielfilme zwischen 1933 und 1945 geben?


Trip to Bromley, UK

Bromley Jolson Festival 2012
Bromley Jolson Festival 2012

Andrea and Wyman attended the 2012 Jolson Festival in Bromley, held by the Int’l. Al Jolson Society, UK. They gave a presentation on Andrea’s filmwork as well as on the Vilnius Jewish Public Library. They also interviewed Jolson biographer Michael Freedland. Once again, the organizers came up with an amazing UK Jolson weekend.

Wedding trip to South Carolina

Andrea and Wyman got married on August 22, 2012 in Marion, South Carolina. On August 20, they attended a one-day Al Jolson Fesival on Long Island, NY organized by the Int’l. Al Jolson Society. The wedding took place at The Grove in Marion, SC. The couple spent a brief honeymoon in Charleston. Visit their wedding website here.

Wedding Oberheiden Brent
Wedding Oberheiden Brent