Let Yourself Go: The Lives of Fred Hersch
Video filmmakers and hobbyists wishing to emulate the DVD's superb visual quality may want to note that Duregger used Sony Z1 HD (high definition) cameras throughout. But the "living presence" feeling of the film is also very likely the result of the relaxed person-to-person rapport that made the entire video work so well. Furthermore, according to Duregger, "It was a super-minority productionjazz, gay, HIV. These subjects are not of any interest for a producer who wants to make money. But today I'm happy that we did it as an independent film because I'm sure Fred would not have opened up as much as he did if I had brought in a large and costly film team. He's a very private and decent person who can easily get annoyed if people make a big fuss around him. He likes it simple, so this was the best way for both of us."
For public screenings, Duregger has applied to various film festivals, mostly gay and lesbian, in the USA and Europe. The film has been accepted for viewing at the 23rd London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival at the end of March 2009.
Producers: Volker Gehrke and Katja Duregger
Director: Katja Duregger
Narrator: Jennifer Jones
In the USA, Let Yourself Go: The Lives of Fred Hersch is available only from www.filmbaby.com