A native of Germany, Karina Epperlein has worked in Europe and the U.S. for the past thirty-six years a filmmaker, theater artist, and teacher. After arriving in San Francisco in 1982, she developed her own poetic vision of theatre, writing, directing and performing original pieces. Karina's lifelong teaching and experiences include movement, voice and creative expression as well as 27 years of teaching T'ai chi Ch'uan, breath and sound.
The past eighteen years she has been a “dependent” documentary filmmaker who has been very fortunate to follow the lead of her fiercely independent spirit, often defying conventions and the notion of art as commercial enterprise. Karina’s work looks for the light in darkness, addressing the themes of transformation and healing. Her award-winning documentaries give face and voice to the unseen in society, highlighting their unique stories and the universal issues that link them to history.
Her earlier video pieces Labyrinthian (1984) and i.e.Deutschland (1988) were followed by the documentaries Voices From Inside (1996, women in prison & their children), Women's Rites (2000, the Halprin Life/Art Process), I Will Not Be Sad In This World (2001, portrait of 94 year old Armenian woman surviving genocide), We Are Here Together (2003, charter high school experiment & the young people’s growth), Phoenix Dance (2006, a one-legged dancer's return to the stage), In the Shadow of Huma's Wing (2008, Somatic Psychotherapy with Louise Barrie), and Awakening From Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997 (2009, the children of the Disappeared in the Dirty War).
Phoenix Dance (2006) has been screening in more than 100 different festivals and theatres all over the world. It was“shortlisted” for the 2006 Oscar Nomination for Short Documentary, and won numerous international awards, including a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco Int’l Film Festival. To this piece—which she also photographed and edited—she brought her past experience as professional dancer and choreographer.
For more information, visit: http://www.karinafilms.us/