„I joined with heart and soul“

Green Screen: Ulrike Lafrenz electd - Regional Edition of KIELER NACHRICHTEN, Thursday 26. March 2015

They took their time, the executive committee and the head of the nature film festival Green Screen. Six months after the sudden death of Jochen Hillers, who was the creative head of the friends association and full of ideas, the members elected Ulrike Lafrenz as their new head last night. The 67 year old wants to carry on with the work in accordance with her predecessor.

I joined with heart and soul“, says Ulrike Lafrenz from Eckernförde, who has been friends with Jochen Hillers for years and also worked with him on a business level. She is a founding member of the friends association and took over voluntary work in the team two years ago. She didn’t have to think twice when Martin Krohn, provisional head after the death of Jochen Hillers, asked if she would like to step up and take over.

I love challenges“, she says, although it is impossible to reach the visionary power of Hillers. She is fascinated by the commitment of the many volunteers that makes Green Screen so unique each year.

This is not least the achievement of festival leader Gerald Grote. He made it his business to enthuse the visitor with new attractions each year. This year it will be a mobile planetarium which will be put up near the Stadthalle. The initiative was started by nature film maker Daniel Opitz from Kiel who works closely together with the Helmholtz-Zentrum in Geesthacht. He was commissioned to make an underwater film for projection in a dome. The film will be shown publicly for the first time in fulldome-technique in Eckernförde. In addition the Institute will send a research ship to the festival which is used for the exploration of coastal waters.

Another first is the cooperation with the Children’s Culture Office, Kiel, which will come to Eckernförde for the festival.


Translation: Barbara C. Schlesinger