Director Biography – Boris Schaarschmidt (Eldur Á Himni – Fire in the Sky)

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BORIS SCHAARSCHMIDT (www.borisschaarschmidt.com)
Boris Schaarschmidt holds a BA in Cinematography from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany, and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. He received an annual scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Pat Hitchcock O’Connell Scholarship Award.
Boris has written, produced, and directed 15 highly successful short films, receiving numerous awards and special recognition, with several earning DVD distribution and widespread screenings on the international festival circuit. Two of his projects received funding from the Film & Medien Stiftung NRW, the strongest state funding in Germany.
In addition to his own projects, Boris has worked for industry titans like Quentin Tarantino, where he worked on the post-production of his Oscar-nominated film Inglorious Basterds.

Director Statement

ELDUR Á HIMNI – FIRE IN THE SKY is the creative product of Boris Schaarschmidt’s three-month stint in the filmmakers’ program THE WEIGHT OF MOUNTAINS at NES Artists’ residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. Only for a few months during the darkness of winter, the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are visible during cloudless nights due to the collision of charged particles from solar wind with the earth’s atmosphere. Camping out in the remoteness of Northern Iceland night after night, Boris captured the fascinating spectacle in the sky and documented the magical dance of the Northern Lights in stunning time-lapse photography.