Who we are

MELISSA PERALES

born and raised in the U.S.A, studied film at Columbia College Chicago before moving to Berlin, Germany in 1995. In this year she started and co-organized the film festival Circles of Confusion a festival for independent & underground film and videos at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and Kino Babylon.

After the festival she had her son Elvis and opened the Restaurant Urban Comfort Food. In 2004, Melissa started the concert series M:Soundtrack to feature international and local acts which continues to this day. Since its inception she has branched out M:Soundtrack and promotes and curates concerts and films in various venues around town in order to offer locations which fit individually to each act or film.

In 2010 Melissa became a boardmember and curator for the association All2gethernow e.V. The a2n is an independent platform and event series that looks for new strategies within the music business and it’s cultural landscape. Besides that, she had the initial idea for Music Pool Berlin and was part of developing the project http://musicpoolberlin.net/en. Since 2017, Melissa is the co-founder of European Women in Music, a new Europe-wide network based on learning, sharing, connecting and exchange for women in the music industry and connected creative fields.

 

SABINE STEYER-VIOLET

has been working since 15 years in different functions within the film world with such renowned directors as Andreas Dresen, Monika Treut and Davis Guggenheim.

After finishing her studies in Visual Communications with Wim Wenders at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, she worked among others as a Production Manager for such art house films as “Nuit de Chien” by Werner Schroeter and “The Invisible Frame” featuring Tilda Swinton or for National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentaries.
In recent years Sabine focused on working as a Producer, e.g. for the german Mini-Series “Blochin” by Matthias Glasner and Writer of such as the TNT-series “Andere Eltern”, coming up in 2019.

Besides her interests to implement great stories with great people, her heart has always beat for music. Not only did Sabine work as a djane during her studies, but she also produced numerous music videos as a producer from bands like Enigma to Jennifer Rostock. As a director she regularly shoots musician portraits for the channels zdf.kultur, 3Sat and arte with Lana del Rey, William Fitzsimmons, Chinawoman, Xiu Xiu, Fisherspooner, Wallis Bird, Digger Barnes and many more.