THE TIGRESS

synopsis

A lonely 50 year old African American female bodybuilder thinks her only chance for acceptance is finally winning the world title, but when she’s faced with the harsh reality of being the target of a white man’s fantasy and a rigged system, she decides to fight back and choose friendship over fame.

director

Philipp Fussenegger

Philipp Fussenegger grew up in a remote valley in the heart of the Austrian Alps. After a classical piano education at the Music Conservatory, he started his career as a photographer and writer. In 2005, he started working on his Bachelor of Arts degree in Directing in Salzburg. He finished his studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne where he graduated with honours in 2015 and completed his diploma film “Henry”. In 2016, Fussenegger wrote and directed the dark comedy TV show “Die Schilehrer”. Currently, he is working on his debut feature film “The Tigress”, a hybrid between a classic sports film and a psychological drama inspired by and adapted from his documentary film “I Am The Tigress”.

SCREENPLAY

Alexis Smiley Smith

Alexis Smiley Smith is a Berlin based writer originally from Oregon, USA. Critics have praised her work for fearlessly interrogating topics such as abuse, loss and addiction with a sense of magic and beauty. Her essays have been published in The SAND Journal and NAILED Magazine. She was nominated for the renowned Pushcart Prize in Non Fiction 2019. Currently, Smith works as a scriptwriter at funfairfilms in Berlin. She recently co founded the innovative start up, Kokeshi, where she utilizes her fierce imagination and pro sex feminist perspective to merge the human experience with technology. Together with her co founders, she created the first human based interactive sex doll, Kokeshi. In 2021, they will open the world’s first Cybrothel in Berlin where sex and technology connect with human consciousness.

PRODUCER

ANETTE UNGER

Managing Director and Producer at Leitwolf.
Majoring in cultural studies, Anette gained a comprehensive understanding for a film‘s lifecycle through working in the various fields of the film industry.

Founded in 2016, Leitwolf Filmproduction is a Hamburg based independent production company run by Rüdiger Wolf, Anette Unger and Sven Rudat.

Leitwolf Filmproduction tells original, moving stories for a broad audience. We work with the whole spectrum of creatives – promising young talents to multi-award winning filmmakers.

cast

crew

DIRECTORPhilipp Fussenegger
SCREENPLAYPhilipp Fussenegger & Alexis Smiley Smith& Zazou Röver
SCRIPT-CONSULTANTRuth Atkinson
PRODUCERAnette Unger (Leitwolf)
PRODUCTION MANAGERSujmo Raphaela Akcali
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERMichael Steinwand
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHYDino Osmanovic
SOUND DESIGNMoritz Kerschbaumer
EDITORJudy Landkammer

details

RUNNING TIME90min
SHOOTING FORMAT4k, COLOR
ASPECT RATIO16:9

PRODUCTIONFUNFAIRFILMS / LEITWOLF
FUNDINGFilmstiftung NRW

contact

PRODUCTION COMPANYFUNFAIRFILMS
Radetzkystr. 21,
6850 Dornbirn, Austria

michael@funfairfilms.com
www.fffyeah.com
Leitwolf Filmproduktion GmbH
Schulterblatt 58
20357 Hamburg , Deutschland

andrea.kuehnel@leitwolf.de
www.leitwolf.de

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