Gunter Lange grew up in Schramberg in the Black Forest. As a youth
he was an internationally successful decathlon athlete. Although
training was intensive, he always took time to study the various
cultures and people around the world as well as to learn a number
of stringed musical intruments.
Lange has always been particularly
interested in the culture of Native Americans, the Celtic music
tradition, and in film and photography. Professional and private
his life have so far been France, Ireland, North America and Mexico,
who is the father of a daughter, has the past few years regularly
travelled to Indian Reservations in the USA and Canada. Through his
interest and his knowledge of the culture and history of the Native
Americans of North America he was given the honour of being the first
European to work at the American Indian Film Institute (AIFI)
and Festival (AIFF) from 2000-2001.
During this time Lange, together with the President of AIFI/AIFF
Michael Smith and the AIFI team, organized the Annual American
Indian Film Festival, the largest and longest running of
its kind in North America. The "Tribal Touring Program",
a mobile cinema project, that visits Indian reservations and offers
digital video workshops and film festivals for young adults was founded
by Lange together with Native American filmmakers and actors.
Gunter Lange, is the artist director of the North American
Native Film Festival in Europe, which will present films from November 18
- 28, 2004 in Stuttgart
Gunter Lange lives and works as a media consultant, educator, musician,
journalist and PR advisor in Konstanz on the lake, Bodensee.
American Native Film Festival