Director/Writer Pepe Danquart was born in 1955 and studied Communications from 1975-1981. He received an Academy Award (Oscar®) for Best Short Film (live action) for his widely acclaimed short Black Rider (Schwarzfahrer). Black Rider screened at more than 60 film festivals all over the world (Berlin, Cannes, Sundance) and won the following Awards: "1st Prize" Toronto International Film Festival, "Best Short" Berlin International Film Festival, and more than 30 additional awards all over the world. Together with Mirjam Quinte, he co-directed Passt bloss auf ... (1980) and Off Season (Nach Saison, 1996). His other films include: Daedalus (1991), a segment of Das 7. Jahr - Ansichten zur Lage der Nation (1997), Playboys (1998), Heimspiel (2000) - which won him the German Film Award in Gold for Best Director in 2000, Moerderinnen (2001), Semana Santa (2002), Angel of Death starring Mira Sorvino, and the cylcling documentary Hell on Wheels (2004).