About

LICHTBOGEN FILMPRODUKTION is an independent film production company founded by Rob Tregenza and Kirk Kjeldsen.

Rob Tregenza has written, directed and photographed four award-winning feature films, which have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the “Un Certain Regard” category and the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section. Over the years, his films have also appeared at the festivals of Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam and Edinburgh. He has also distributed films that include Jacques Rivette's "Haut/bas/fragile" ("Up/down/fragile"), Michael Haneke's "The Seventh Continent" and Aleksandr Rogoschkin's "Chekist" through Cinema Parallel.

His work has been positively reviewed in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and by such prominent critics as Vincent Canby, Dave Kehr, Jonathan Rosenbaum and Roger Ebert. A retrospective of his films was also shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. But perhaps the highest recognition has been the attention of one of the most important directors of the twentieth century, Jean-Luc Godard, who hand-selected Tregenza’s “Talking to Strangers” to screen again at the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival. Godard describes passages in Tregenza’s films as “remarkable and at times astonishing, that is, softly imbued with the marvelous.” He further explains that in Tregenza’s cinematic world, “reality walks hand in hand with fiction.”

The essay, “Cinq Lettres à et sur Rob Tregenza” (“Five Letters to and about Rob Tregenza”) appears in the book Jean-Luc Godard: Documents, published in 2006 by the modern and contemporary art institution of Paris, Le Centre Pompidou. Tregenza has also had an award-winning career as a commercial director and cameraman for clients like IBM, DuPont, CSX, Blue Cross Blue Shield and has worked as a Director of Photography for other independent filmmakers including Bela Tarr and Alex Cox. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is currently the head of the Cinema program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, where he lectures on his 5 Dance Steps of Mise en scene, which he developed in the 1980s and 1990s while teaching at UCLA and Howard University (1: No pan or tilt... move the actor in a static camera frame; 2: Pan and tilt with actors moving in and out of frame; 3: Off screen sound and space; 4: Moving the camera; 5: the 360-degree shot). These steps form the dance, which includes all the steps in various combinations.

Kirk Kjeldsen received an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he was a student of Frank Daniel. As an undergraduate, he also studied at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in Germany. He has been a professor in the Cinema program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts since 2010; during this time, he has also taught classes and workshops at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb), Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and the Polish National Film School in Łódź. He was a finalist or semi-finalist in a number of screenwriting fellowships and competitions, including The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and he has developed and sold material to both Hollywood and independent producers.

During his studies at USC, Kjeldsen was a development assistant at The Sundance Institute. He developed his own material with the LAByrinth Theater Company, and his work was part of the Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival. Furthermore, Kjeldsen was a staff and freelance reporter for a number of newspapers and magazines, and he has produced more than twenty-five short films shot on 35mm. Kjeldsen's first novel, "Tomorrow City," was published by Signal 8 Press in 2013, and his second novel, "Land of Hidden Fires," was included in the New Jersey Star-Ledger's 2017 "Books of Summer" list.

Lichtbogen’s first production, the 35mm feature Gavagai, was shot in Telemark, Norway, and premiered in the U.S. in August of 2018. The film was included in the “Best of 2018” lists of a number of publications, including The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times. Lichtbogen’s second film, Łaska, is currently in development.

 

Tregenza and Kjeldsen during the production of  Gavagai , shooting on location at Aarnes Kafeteria in Gvarv (Telemark County, Norway)

Tregenza and Kjeldsen during the production of Gavagai, shooting on location at Aarnes Kafeteria in Gvarv (Telemark County, Norway)