Clean Up

Clean Up
Scene from "Clean Up" (photo © Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg/Christian Trieloff))

It’s his job to clean this special room, an execution chamber at a state prison in the United States. Every time there is an execution, he has to restore this place as it was before. This experimental short film gives an abnormal view on the death penalty.


Sebastian Mez was born in 1982 in Essen. He was a trainee at a film production company and directed several social spots and short films. In 2007, he began studying Documentary Film at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. The same year, he directed his first documentary film about the death penalty in Texas, DO THE RIGHT THING. His films include: PURE WATER (social spot, 2003), the shorts RELOOP (2004), THE TEARS OF EROS (2005), CLEAN UP (2008), PERCEPTIO (2008), ERINNERE DICH ANS FLIEGEN (2009), IM NEBEL EIN WEG (2009), A LETTER FROM GERMANY (EIN BRIEF AUS DEUTSCHLAND, 2011), BRASA (2012), and his graduation film METAMORPHOSEN (documentary feature, 2013).
Genre Experimental
Category Documentary, Short
Year of Production 2008
Director Sebastian Mez
Screenplay Sebastian Mez, Christian Trieloff, Christoph Arni
Cinematography Christian Trieloff
Sebastian Mez
Sebastian Mez
Sebastian Mez, Christian Trieloff, Christoph Arni
Cast Josef Wittner
Producer Christoph Arni
Production Company Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Length 9 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Festivals Zinebi Bilbao 2008
Awards Gold Mikeldi: Best Documentary Bilbao 2008

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