PIER 53

PIER 53

A pier is a mooring point situated in a port that serves towards loading and unloading. At our pier we dock video and audio, merge them to form a whole, and ship what we’ve set our hearts on: good films.

PIER 53 develops documentaries and features for public service TV broadcasting networks and feature-length documentary films for movie-theater distribution. Our productions have been awarded many prizes, they ran at major festivals in Germany and abroad, and were box-office successes.

PIER 53 produces at its own editing suite in Hamburg, Germany. We equally support colleagues of ours in developing their own film projects in a capacity as creative producer and take on the production of those projects, especially in the field of documentary films.

Carsten Rau (rau@pier53.de) is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and executive producer. He lives with his family in Hamburg. Following university studies in political science and history in Berlin and Hamburg, he worked for 13 years for the NDR television. His last position was in the Documentary Film and Features department. In 2006 Carsten Rau founded the firm PIER 53 Filmproduktion together with Hauke Wendler. The subject of energy policy features among the focal points of his work. He has received a number of awards and prizes for his films.

Carsten Rau (rau@pier53.de) is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and executive producer. He lives with his family in Hamburg. Following university studies in political science and history in Berlin and Hamburg, he worked for 13 years for the NDR television. His last position was in the Documentary Film and Features department. In 2006 Carsten Rau founded the firm PIER 53 Filmproduktion together with Hauke Wendler. The subject of energy policy features among the focal points of his work. He has received a number of awards and prizes for his films.

AWARDS

Otto-Brenner-Prize “Special”
Katholischer Medienpreis (Prize for Electronic Media)
Rating “Particularly worthwhile”
German Industrial Film Award
Documentary Film Prize, Filmfest Schleswig-Holstein
German Red Cross (“DRK”) Media Prize
Regine-Hildebrandt-Prize
Television Award from the German Renewable Energies Agency
Erich-Klabunde-Prize

CINEMA

NUCLEAR FOREVER, 94 min., D 2020
DEPORTATION CLASS (with H. Wendler), 85 min., D 2016
I’M OKAY (S/D: P. Lenz), 95 min., D 2016; executive producer
A VERY GERMAN WELCOME (with H. Wendler), 90 min., D 2014
WADIM (with H. Wendler), 90 min., D 2011

TV (Selection)

THE DEBT COLLECTORS (S/D: M. Richter), 45 min., NDR 2018; executive producer
CANNABIS FOR EVERYONE? (with H. Wendler), 44 min., NDR 2016
DUBIOUS MONEY WITH WIND (with H. Wendler), 44 min., NDR 2015
POWER FROM THE DESERT (with H. Wendler), 60 min., Arte/NDR 2012
AMONG CRIMINALS (with H. Wendler), 29/44 min., NDR/ARD 2009
THE POWER’S ON (with H. Wendler), 44 min., NDR 2008
THE EARL OF ROTHKIRCH’S WAR, 44 min., NDR 2006
TUTOW – WHERE GERMANY IS DOWN AND OUT, 44 min., NDR 2003

Hauke Wendler (wendler@pier53.de) is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and executive producer. He lives with his family in Hamburg. Following university studies in political science in Hamburg and London, he worked for 12 years for the NDR television. His last position was in the Documentary Film and Features department. In 2006 Hauke Wendler founded the firm PIER 53 Filmproduktion together with Carsten Rau. The subjects of fleeing, seeking refuge and migration feature among the focal points of his work. He has received a number of awards and prizes for his films.

Hauke Wendler (wendler@pier53.de) is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and executive producer. He lives with his family in Hamburg. Following university studies in political science in Hamburg and London, he worked for 12 years for the NDR television. His last position was in the Documentary Film and Features department. In 2006 Hauke Wendler founded the firm PIER 53 Filmproduktion together with Carsten Rau. The subjects of fleeing, seeking refuge and migration feature among the focal points of his work. He has received a number of awards and prizes for his films.

AWARDS

Grimme Prize
Otto-Brenner-Prize “Special”
Katholischer Medienpreis (Prize for Electronic Media)
Rating “Particularly worthwhile”
German Industrial Film Award
Documentary Film Prize, Filmfest Schleswig-Holstein
German Red Cross (“DRK”) Media Prize
Regine-Hildebrandt-Prize
Television Award from the German Renewable Energies Agency
Erich-Klabunde-Prize

CINEMA

NUCLEAR FOREVER (S/D: C. Rau), 94 min., D 2020; executive producer
DEPORTATION CLASS (with C. Rau), 85 min., D 2016
I’M OKAY (S/D: P. Lenz), 95 min., D 2016; executive producer
A VERY GERMAN WELCOME (with C. Rau), 90 min., D 2014
WADIM (with C. Rau), 90 min., D 2011

TV (Selection)

THE DEBT COLLECTORS (S/D: M. Richter), 45 min., ARD 2019; executive producer
DECISION-MAKERS IN A BIND (S/D: M. Richter), 45 min., ARD 2016; executive producer
DEPORTATION LOG, 44 min., NDR 2016
DEPORTED, NOW DEAD (with C. Rau), 44 min., NDR 2013
TOSS IT OUT, BUY NEW (with C. Rau), 44 min., SWR 2012
STANDING IN LINE FOR OLD BREAD, 29 min., ARD 2007
NINE FINGERS, NO PAPERS (with C. Rau), 44 min., SWR 2007
UNDER THE RADAR, 44 min., NDR 2006

Andrea Pittlik (pittlik@pier53.de) is a producer and lives with her family in Hamburg. Following university studies towards teacher certification in Aachen and Santiago de Compostela, she worked for 10 years at an advertising agency in Berlin. Her last positions were in a capacity as senior consultant and project manager. At PIER 53 Andrea Pittlik is in charge of theme development, production management and location management in the field of feature-length documentary films.

Andrea Pittlik (pittlik@pier53.de) is a producer and lives with her family in Hamburg. Following university studies towards teacher certification in Aachen and Santiago de Compostela, she worked for 10 years at an advertising agency in Berlin. Her last positions were in a capacity as senior consultant and project manager. At PIER 53 Andrea Pittlik is in charge of theme development, production management and location management in the field of feature-length documentary films.

CINEMA

NUCLEAR FOREVER, 94 min., D 2020; producer/line producer
DEPORTATION CLASS, 85 min., D 2016; producer/line producer
A VERY GERMAN WELCOME, 90 min., D 2014; producer/line producer
WADIM, 90 min., D 2011; producer

TV (Selection)

NEW START AT 50 (with H. Wendler), 44 min., NDR 2018; screenplay and director
OKAY, I’LL DRINK TO THAT!, 44 min., NDR 2017; producer
DEPORTATION LOG, 44 min., NDR 2016; producer
PITFALL: THE COSTS OF NURSING CARE, 44 min., NDR 2014; producer
HYGIENE MANIA, 44 min., NDR 2014; producer
DEPORTED, NOW DEAD, 44 min., NDR 2013; producer
TOSS IT OUT, BUY NEW, 44 min., SWR 2012; producer
THE RIP-OFF WITH DONATIONS, 44 min., NDR 2011; producer

PIER 53 Filmproduktion