Harald Friedl

Harald Friedl

Harald Friedl

Born in Steyr, Upper Austria. M.A. at the University of Salzburg. Researcher at the socio-cultural institute IAK. Director of the Salzburg House of Literature. Since 1994 free lance filmmaker and writer. Frequent lecturer at US-Universities. Guest professor at California State University, Long Beach 2012 – 2014.

As a writer, numerous publications in anthologies and on Austrian Radio Ö 1. Libretto for the piece Us, the Angles (2011), music by Michael Radanovics – commissioned and performed by the Spring String Quarett. Libretto for the Jazzopera Hochgeschätztes Tiefparterre (2017), music by Gerald Schuller.

As a filmmaker numerous TV-documentaries for Austrian ORF and German-Austrian 3sat (i.e. Discovery Lesachtal, 2004; About Orchestral Life, 2008).

Cinematic films (selection): Land Without Qualities (2000), Africa Representa (2003), G´schichten vom Willi Resetarits (2008), My Life as an Apple Tree (2012); What Happiness Is (2012) – on happiness-research in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The cinematic documentary Out of Time (2006) won several awards such as Prix des jeunes at Cinema du reel, Paris, the Grand Jury Prize, Seattle IFF and Best International Documentary in Calgary, Canada. Currently in production: Brave New Bread (A/G 2019).

Chairman of dok.at, the Austrian Documentary Filmmakers Association.