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Thomas Schadt was born in 1957 in Nuremberg. During his Photography studies, he worked as a film projectionist, photography assistant and theater photographer, followed by studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin from 1980-1983. He then founded his own film production company, Odyssee-Film, and has been working since as a freelance documentary filmmaker, photographer and cinematographer. Since 1991, he has been teaching at various film academies, including the dffb and the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. His films include: his graduation film Was hab i in Hawaii verloren (1982), Unterwegs nach immer und ueberall – Eine Deutschlandreise (1985/1986), Der Autobahnkrieg (1991) – winner of the Adolf Grimme Award, Grenzgaenge – Die Deutschen auf der Suche nach einer Identitaet (1993) and Augenzeugen – Die Fotografen Hoepker, Lebeck, Moses und Scheler (1998) together with Reiner Holzemer, Der Kandidat – Gerhard Schroeder im Wahlkampf ‘98 (1998) – winner of the German Television Award for Best Documentary in 1999, Hans im Glueck – Deutsche Banker an der Wall Street (1999), My Way – James Last (2001), Berlin Symphony (Berlin - Sinfonie einer Grossstadt, 2002), and many, many more.

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