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THE INVISIBLE STRING is a feature-length documentary on the ever evolving history of the flying disc movement. The film takes the audience on a trip from the very beginning of pie pin tossing at the Frisbie’s Pie Bakery in Connecticut back at the turn of the century to the Rose Bowl World Championships in the late 1970s up to the greatest international tournaments and the hottest spots of today. It’s a journey into the heart and mind of the people that started it all by inventing games, skills, and creating a global family.

The most influential people give their personal accounts as remarkable stories are told revolving around living with flying discs. In the 1970s and 1980s playing Frisbee grew to become even more popular than skateboarding. Rare archive footage interwoven with Monthy Pythonesque animations depict playfully the history of the joy of throwing flying objects. The hottest moves and throws the most eccentric protagonists are able to perform allow an intimate insight on some of the different disciplines like Ultimate, Disc Golf or Freestyle. THE INVISIBLE STRING aims at reminding every single person of the importance of doing one thing: to keep playing!

Jan Bäss was born in 1972 in Clausthal-Zellerfeld and majored in Cultural Studies and American Studies at the University of Bremen and John Moores University in Liverpool/UK. He graduated in 2002 and worked for theater productions, TV and radio stations and in various fields of film production. In 2004 he founded his own production company STEAKFILM and has been producing documentaries and narrative features as well as shorts, music videos and image films. He started playing Ultimate in 1990, became a member of the German Disc Golf Team in 2003 and won the German Disc Golf Championships in 2008. In 2009 he founded the film production company Palm Park Pictures together with Michael Osterhoff and Greg Marter. By directing THE INVISIBLE STRING both his love for film and Frisbee finally met.
Genre Educational, History, Family Entertainment, Sports
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director Jan Bäss
Screenplay Jan Bäss, Michael Osterhoff
Cinematography Jan Bäss, Michael Osterhoff
Producer Jonas Knudsen
Co-Producers Jan Bäss, Michael Osterhoff
Production Company Joroni Film/Berlin, in co-production with Palm Park Pictures/Berlin
Length 90 min
Format HD, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kickstarter

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