Christoph Fahle
November 5, 2009

The HOBO Film Fest at betahaus this Wednesday

It seems that we go vintage next week. On wednesday we do host the HOBO FILM FEST @betahaus. While we are kind of known to center events around the digital nomads, the HOBO FILM FEST seems to be kind of an hommage to the hobos and tramps that somehow managed to live, work and travel without an iphone, dopplr or any facebook application.

They didn't even blog stuff... Here we go:

The railroad industry in America has played an immense role in the development and progression of our modern society. Besides its most obvious role as a life line for supplies and sustenance to newly burgeoning towns and industry, it helped spawn an incredible subculture of people, the hobos and tramps of America. These hobos used the trains during the great depression in order to seek work, and a whole society of people grew around the railroads.Agency Films has long been associated with the railways and has produced multiple short films and television programming around the subject of train hopping and have made it their mission to preserve the history of the American train tramp. We have generated national interest due to our increasingly popular television shows, You Tube broadcasts, and the yearly Asheville Rejects Film Festival.

Agency Films is due to kicked off the European leg of their Hobo Film Festival September 2009 and will embark on an international tour in betahaus berlin on november the 11th. They have brought together dozens of filmmakers who produce films around train hopping and hobo culture and are gathering even more submissions to create the ultimate visual dichotomy of this colorful and truly important facet of American history.

The tour starts in Berlin and has over 16 stops along the route, including Prauge, Budapest, Vienna, Rome, Zurich, Barcelona, Paris, London, Bristol, Dublin, Brussel, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo.

Films featured in the festival:

*HOBO- john t davis (The feature film of the event: run time 90min.)

http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/article.aspx?art_id=22ROAD TO COLOSSUS- erik burkeRIDING THE RAILS- michael uys and lexy lovell

TRUE HIGHWAYS- daniel cieplinskiTHE GREAT AMERICAN HOBO- bobb hopkins

WHO IS BOZO TEXINO- bill danielSLACK ACTION- shana lawtonTRAIN RIDES- melinda friesSPRUCE PINE TO BOSTIC- agency films

FRUITLOOP AND ARWEIGIAN RICK- jeffery shroyer

MILWAUKEE TO PORTAGE- stacy barton

CP RAIL KANADA- raphael lyonCATCHING OUT- sara georgeCOMING HOME- tyler mohlerCOMPASS IN THE BLOOD- national hobo association

LISTERINE ON SUNDAYS- brian paul higgins

So please drop by betahaus. We will start screening at 8 pm on wednesday the 11th of november.

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See you there!

Claudius: Design is the core of what we do and what we’re all passionate about, but hardly our only focus. Design, at LAUDO, stands more for designing a whole strategy, often very close connected with marketing. We’re developing websites and apps for our clients, but also help them reach their target audience through SEO, Google ranking developing newsletter systems, print brochures etc.

Claudius: A lot of other companies are seeing themselves as a service provider and don’t really question what their client wants and why. We pay very close attention if the work we provide for a client is in line with our personal values and vision. It’s not just delivering a product to the client, getting the paycheck and leaving, but also building relationships with clients and collaborating. Because they are often our doors to new opportunities

We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’

‘’We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’’
Photos by Lea GK

Orietta: I think one thing that makes us stand out on the market and our number one strength is the team. We’re a small team and we all look in the same direction and have the same approach and vision. That makes the communication go smoothly.

Joey: Another thing is that we have a very hands-on approach. We are the guys, who say: ‘’Okay, let’s do it’’. That’s our culture.

Orietta: When we started looking for a place I was already involved in the betahaus community. Working from previous betahaus locations and attending the community events, I already knew a lot of people in the 'haus ...

Joey: Yes, I remember on the first day we came to betahaus Orietta was like ‘’Oh, hey! Hi! Hey, how are you doing? Hi!'' giving high-fives to everybody and we were like: What is going on, why does she know everybody?!

Orietta: Well, the vibe in betahaus is just super easy going. You directly feel that you can meet people easily. If you go to the kitchen for example and just ask ''Hey how are you, what are you working on?''. We made many new contacts too.

Claudius: What makes it nice here is that people are enjoying being here and working on their projects.

Photos by Lea GK

Claudius: The truth is, we could probably afford an office for the same price, but that would put us between these four walls, which put you into a box, much harder to exit and to connect with new people. We went for a Team Desk because here we have so much more space and everything seems much more connected. You can easily meet people.

Orietta: And it’s just so spacious here. We have this super nice garden.

Claudius: I like being focused on my work but I also like if someone disturbs me from time to time. It helps when the door opens. In an office we would work in a whole different way. Here Gillord (Coworking Manager) is coming in everyday, giving me a hug, telling me about his workout .. that’s the main reason - the personal connection.

The day in betahaus starts with a hug and ends with a hug. The time in between is pretty much spent on doing what you love.
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After you’ve taken care of your paperwork and you’ve signed up both in Bürger- and Finanzamt, you are all set up to start working. One of the best ways to get integrated into the city fast, meet like-minded people, and even find clients is by working from a coworking space. There are tons of benefits for freelancers and luckily Berlin has a lot to offer in this way. A coworking space is a physically collaborative shared workspace, which brings all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs together. It’s a perfect place for startups, freelancers, digital nomads and even corporates searching for innovation. And it’s the biggest advantage towards the typical office space is that it pushes a collaborative exchange between its members and facilitates the creative process and networking.

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