Production platform for the development and realisation of creative works in the fields of film, video, text and music.

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  • vier Menschen stehen vor rotem Hintergrund

    BACKGROUND

    Film
    Khaled Abdulwahed
    D 2023, 64'
  • Film Poster mit abstraktem Motiv

    SUN UNDER GROUND

    Film
    Mareike Bernien & Alex Gerbaulet
    D 2022, 39'
  • Filmposter 'Europe'

    EUROPE

    Film
    Philip Scheffner
    DE/FR 2022, 105'
  •  Frau mit Mikrophon

    THE FIFTH WALL

    Project
    Merle Kröger & Mareike Bernien
    2021

News

  • Our film SUN UNDER GROUND by Alex Gerbaulet and Mareike Bernien can be seen online on the European streaming platform THIS IS SHORT until February 19.

    05. February 2024
  • The dfi-symposium PROZESSIEREN (litigate) will take place in Cologne on January 11 & 12 focusing on the complex relationship between justice and documentary film. Including the two pong films REVISION (2012) by Philip Scheffner and TIEFENSCHÄRFE (2016) by Mareike Bernien and Alex Gerbaulet.

    08. January 2024
  • We are very happy about the "Young Jury Award" at the FILMMAKER Festival 2023 in Milan for our film BACKGROUND by Khaled Abdulwahed.
    "For his ability to make an absence present through the manipulation of images and for his ability to translate his personal experiences into a universal perspective, the Young Jury has decided to award BACKGROUND by Khaled Abdulwhaed."

    30. November 2023

Events

  • Our film BACKGROUND will be shown at the Kassel DOKfest. In the presence of the director Khaled Abdulwahed.

  • Wissensketten #7: Material von unten, films and discussion with Mareike Bernien, Alex Gerbaulet, Suza Husse, Elske Rosenfeld and Anna Zett at SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA Berlin

  • German premiere of BACKGROUND at the Duisburger Filmwoche 2023. In the presence of director Khaled Abdulwahed and producer Alex Gerbaulet.

Archive

  •  Frau mit Mikrophon

    THE FIFTH WALL

    Project
    Merle Kröger & Mareike Bernien
    2021
  • Poster von "KC"

    KINSHASA COLLECTION

    Project
    Dorothee Wenner
    2017

About pong

pong stands for the production of creative film projects on the border to the arts – films in which the filmmakers’ aesthetic and / or political positions are formed and expressed. 

The production platform was founded by authors / filmmakers / producers Merle Kröger and Philip Scheffner in 2001. Both had gathered film production experience through the video collective dogfilm (1992 - 2000). 

In 2014 pong was joined by authors / filmmakers / producers Caroline Kirberg and Alex Gerbaulet who became shareholders and CEOs in January 2022. Author / filmmaker Mareike Bernien supports the team since 2018. 

Apart from producing films by our own team members we focus on newcomer projects and international coproductions, aiming to expand pong as a platform for moving images as well as sound, music and text.

  • Alex Gerbaulet had already been working as a trained artist in film and teaching for several years when she joined pong in 2014, where she also learnt how to produce. Her artistic works oscillate between documentary style, essay, activist impulses and fictionalised reflection. Among other topics, they examine the representability of reality and memory. Her films, some of which have won several awards, include SHIFT (2015), THE SLEEPER (2018), as well as DEPTH OF FIELD (2017) and SUN UNDER GROUND (2022), both together with Mareike Bernien. 2020-21 she was a fellow in the Berlin funding programme Artistic Research/gkfd. Since 2006, she has repeatedly worked for film festivals such as the Kassel DOKfest, the European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, the Duisburger Filmwoche or the Diagonale in Graz and has many years of experience in practice-related and film-theoretical teaching in Germany and abroad, including at the Braunschweig University of Art and Design, the Kunsthochschule Kassel, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. Since 2023, she has been supervising newcomer film projects as a mentor of the Professional Media Master Class in Halle.

    In the pong team, she works as managing director and lead producer focussing on documentary films, project development and dramaturgy.

    Contact: gerbaulet(at)pong-berlin.de

  • Merle Kröger works and teaches as a dramaturge, screenwriter and novelist. She has published numerous award-winning novels with Argument Verlag. Her most recent multi-award-winning novel THE EXPERTS was published by Suhrkamp Verlag. In her novels, Kröger combines historical research, personal history and political analysis with elements of crime fiction. She is also the co-author of Philip Scheffner's films. Most recently, she designed and published the online archive THE FIFTH WALL together with Mareike Bernien.

    In the pong team, Kröger currently works primarily as a dramaturge and producer.

  • Philip Scheffner has been working as a visual artist since 1985. His feature-length artistic documentaries THE HALFMOON FILES (2007), THE DAY OF THE SPARROW (2010), REVISION (2012) and HAVARIE (2016) have been screened worldwide and honoured with numerous awards. Scheffner's first fiction feature EUROPE premiered at the Berlinale in 2022. Since 2021 he holds the professorship for Documentary Practices at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

    In the pong team, Scheffner works with a special focus on editing and project development.

  • Mareike Bernien works as a filmmaker and teacher in the field of film research and critical archival practices. With a media archaeological approach, her artistic works question ideological certainties of representation, their material-technological preconditions and historical continuities. Her award-winning films include: DEPTH OF FIELD (2017) and SUN UNDER GROUND (2022), both together with Alex Gerbaulet.

    She supports the pong team in particular as a dramaturge.