At the Abenteurlicher Bauspielplatz Kolle 37, an adventure playground located in Berlin, Germany, children build and climb three-story wooden structures, make fire, and use hammers, saws and axes. Founded in 1990, Kolle 37 invites young people ages six through sixteen, without their parents, to embrace risky play in the park under the loose supervision of playworkers.
The short film Imagine Kolle 37 follows two girls who imagine their way to this real Berlin adventure playground. An unconventional hybrid narrative/documentary, the film follows the girls as they interact with fire, hammers, hatchets and climb through the wooden houses.
Michele Meek (Director, Co-Producer) has written and directed numerous short narrative and documentary films. Her short film Red Sneakers premiered at the Woods Hole Film Festival in 2008, screened at festivals throughout the U.S., and won the children’s category award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. She received the 2005 Baldwin Award for Alumni Recognition in Film & Video by Boston College and the 2000 Image Award for Vision and Excellence by Women in Film & Video New England. She founded NewEnglandFilm.com in 1997, and co-founded Independent Media Publications to help preserve the 30-year-old print archives of the magazine The Independent. She has served on numerous juries for film awards, festivals and screenwriting competitions. See www.michelemeek.com.
Elizabeth Donius (Co-Producer) makes documentaries, videos for artists and nonprofit organizations, and works as the Community Engagement Manager at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT. She is the co-producer/director of the documentary World’s Largest, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival and screened nationwide at numerous festivals and as part of the South Arts ‘Southern Circuit’ Tour. From 2004-2008, she served as the Executive Director of the IFP/Chicago, an organization serving independent filmmakers in the Midwest.
Sabrina Zanella-Foresi (Editor) is a feature-length documentary editor/producer. She works in both vérité and historical documentary forms with a special emphasis on personal documentaries. She has edited for both independent projects as well as public television, including American Experience and Frontline. She has edited several projects for acclaimed independent filmmakers Ross McElwee (Redux, forthcoming; Photographic Memory, 2011) and Laurel Chiten (Just One Drop, forthcoming; Twisted, 2007; Touched, 2003), and edited Allie Humenuk’s film on photographer Abe Morell, Shadow of the House, 2007. She has also acted as consulting editor on several independent documentaries, and has co-produced several films. Sabrina also has six years of university teaching experience in Film/Video Production and Film Studies at Boston University, Harvard University, Emerson College, University of Massachusetts- Boston, and MassArt.
Natasha Sharpe (Animator) is an animator and undergraduate student at Rhode Island School of Design. Her portfolio is available at http://portfolios.risd.edu/NatashaSharpe.