Michael Loeken was born in 1954 in Neviges/Rhineland and studied Theater, Film and Television Studies in Cologne. In 1981, he wrote the screenplay for and directed the documentary Ich hatte schon begonnen die Freiheit zu vergessen. He worked from 1992-1996 as a recording supervisor for numerous documentary and feature film productions. Since 1996, he too has been active as a screenplay writer, director and producer. Together with Ulrike Franke, he has directed and produced Und vor mir die Sterne (1998), Herr Schmidt und Herr Friedrich (2001), Soldatenglueck und Gottes Segen (2001), and Losers and Winners (2006).