A few years ago, a lost silent film appeared on my doorstep in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It turned out to be Tulpendiebe, the first film my grandfather Klaus “Kino” Koblitz directed in 1927. You can read about what happened next to me and the film in Jürgen Fauth’s novel Kino.
I started this blog as a celebration of my grandfather and his work, a way to keep his legacy alive by collecting traces of the art, people, and events that shaped his life: the movies that inspired or outraged him, his friends and enemies, the places that mattered to him.
But Kino’s vision was never that of a single genius creating out of nothing. He knew that art requires inspiration, collaborators, and freedom in order to grow and breathe.
That’s why I want to invite you to participate in this blog. I am looking for like-minded souls to help me extend my grandfather’s legacy and create something larger than Jürgen Fauth’s novel, which, after all, tells only one version of the story.
I am looking for art, fiction, music, photography, and videos that have a connection to my grandfather’s life and work. You can use any post on this blog as a jumping off point. Perhaps you’d like to expand on an excerpt from Kino, or write about its characters or locations. Perhaps you’d like to make a trailer, poster, or soundtrack for one of Kino’s films, or submit photographs from the locations. You could remix any of the film stills, intertitles, portraits, videos, or paintings. And of course you can, in turn, base your work on any other submission.
Jürgen has kindly offered signed copies of Kino for the most interesting and creative submissions received by May 15. Atticus Books, Jürgen publisher, is also considering all submissions for inclusion in an enhanced multimedia remix ebook edition of Kino.
Please send me your work at firstname.lastname@example.org. As my grandfather, Kino, might have said: “If it’s not fun, why bother?”