Sierra Zulu presents: Schorsch Kamerun and Robert Stachel

We hereby use the “internet” (“international network”) to inform you about developments on Sierra Zulu‘s casting front! Should the Western development funds ever be transferred to our account, we will be able to welcome two loved and much-admired actors to our team!

Standing ovations for Schorsch Kamerun and Robert Stachel!

Schorsch Kamerun?

Schorsch Kamerun (born 1963) is a German musician, singer, author, theatre director, and club proprietor.
He is best known as the founding member and lead singer of Die Goldenen Zitronen, a political punk band from Hamburg. In recent years, he has also worked as an author and director for the theater and has staged several of his plays at renowned theatres around Germany, Austria and Switzerland, such as the Volksbuehne in Berlin.
Kamerun is also co-founder, with Rocko Schamoni and others, of the Golden Pudel nightclub in Hamburg, which is well known as a center of the Hamburger Schule movement in German alternative rock.
He also released some solo albums (1996: Warum Ändern Schlief, 1997: Now: Sex Image, 2000: Monsters Rule The World!), radio dramas and recorded songs for a few compilation albums.

Robert Stachel?

Robert Stachel (born 1972) is a comedian and TV producer living in Vienna, mostly identified as a member of the comedy group maschek that he co-founded in 1998.
maschek have been an integral part of the comedy programmes of Austrian public television for several years. In their performances, maschek take on politicians, celebrities, television personalities, and the like, lampooning controversial aspects and sore spots of Austrian politics and society. Performing in maschek, Stachel is known for his ability to switch between characters, inflections, and accents in a split second without losing his timing.
Stachel studied Journalism and Political Science at the University of Vienna and the FU Berlin. From 1994 to 2006, he worked as a freelancer, mostly dealing with research, development and project organization in the intersection of media, society and software. He was also involved in a number of alternative media projects, starting in the 1990s with college TV and radio.  Later he co-developed the Vienna Community TV station “Okto”.

Sierra Zulu Kickstarter Reward: A ‘T-Shirt’ for the (limited) Masses!

Fellow communists! We got a multitude of electronic messages, all of them asking for a reward in form of textile! And we answer with: DA!
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf’s Cotton Commission presents a very limited ‘T-Shirt’ for $72. A high amount? No. Shortage of resources!

(Link to Kickstarter.)

New reward on Kickstarter! Gravel, the Fundament of our State!

In the face of a slowly expanding population and the unfulfilled demands for land for all types of public development, the problem of utilizing gravel is a critical issue for the industry of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf!
We want to offer you a deal. Give us $39 (bah, Bretton-Woods, bah!) to tell our story and you will receive a precious (and collectable) piece of our homeland! The Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Academy of Earth Handling will include a one-of-a-kind certificate of origin! (And your name on the silver screen!)

(Storyboard drawing by Andreas Rausch)

Link to Kickstarter page!

Sierra Zulu presents: Robert Picardo and Georg Friedrich

We are enormously proud being able to use “tools of hypermedia” to “blog post” about new developments on Sierra Zulu‘s casting front!
Should the Western development funds ever be transferred to our account, we will be able to welcome two loved and much-admired actors to our team! A guarantee of the complete triumph of communism!

Glory to Robert Picardo and Georg Friedrich! Applause!
Long live the indissoluble union of the Soviet people!

Robert Picardo?

Robert Picardo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, where he spent his whole childhood. He graduated from the William Penn Charter school and attended Yale University. At Yale, he landed a role in Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” and at the age of 19, he played a leading role in the European premiere of “Mass”. Later, he graduated with a B.A. in Drama from Yale University. He appeared in the David Mamet play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago and with Diane Keaton in “The Primary English Class”.
In 1977, he made his Broadway debut in the comedy hit “Gemini” with Danny Aiello and also appeared in Bernard Slade’s “Tribute”, “Beyond Therapy” as well as “Geniuses” and “The Normal Heart” for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.
Then, he became involved in television, where he soon was nominated for an Emmy award for his role as “Mr. Cutlip” on the series “The Wonder Years” (1988). Bob appeared in several series: “Frasier” (1993), “Ally McBeal” (1997), “Home Improvement” (1991), “The Outer Limits” (1995) and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (1996). In 1995, he got the role as “The Doctor” on “Star Trek: Voyager” (1995) where he also directed two episodes. He also got roles in Doubletalk (1975), Star 80 (1983), Get Crazy (1983), Oh, God! You Devil (1984), Innerspace (1987), Munchies (1987), China Beach (1988) (TV), Samantha (1992), White Mile (1994) (TV), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Small Soldiers (1998), Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010) (aka 2004: A Light Knight’s Odyssey), and so on.

Georg Friedrich?

Georg Friedrich is an Austrian actor and performer. After finishing his acting training at Krauss Acting School in Vienna, he has grown to be a vital part of Austria’s movie scene and participated in many successful film and TV productions. From time to time he performs at various theatres, including the prestigious Volksbühne in Berlin. In 2004 he won the Shooting Star Award at the Berlinale Film Festival.
Exemplary filmography: Müllers Büro (1986), 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994), Blutrausch (1997), Nordrand (1999), Dog Days (2001), Free Radicals (2003), Nacktschnecken (2004), Klimt (2006), Nordwand (2008), Atmen (2011).

Sierra Zulu presents: Jello Biafra and Alfons Haider

Peasants of the infosphere! Every day life is getting better!
We are proud being able to inform you about two more Letters of Intent!
The (soon to be) triumphant creation of Sierra Zulu will be supported by two superbe performers!

Glory to the workers and actors! Guardians of culture!
Jello Biafra and Alfons Haider!

Jello Biafra?

Jello Biafra is an American musician, spoken word artist and leading figure of the Green Party of the United States. Biafra first gained attention as the lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys. After his time with the band concluded, he took over the influential independent record label Alternative Tentacles, which he had co-founded in 1979 with Dead Kennedys bandmate East Bay Ray. Although now focused primarily on spoken word, he has continued as a musician in numerous collaborations. Politically, Biafra is a member of the Green Party of the United States and actively supports various political causes. He ran for the party’s Presidential nomination in 2000, finishing second to Ralph Nader. He is a staunch believer in free society, who utilizes shock value and advocates direct action and pranksterism in the name of political causes. Biafra is known to use absurdist media tactics, in the leftist tradition of the Yippies, to highlight issues of civil rights and social justice.

Alfons Haider?

Alfons Haider began his acting career in kindergarten, playing Prince Charming in “Cinderella”. He trained professionally at both The Conservatory of Vienna and the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. After starring in many plays in Austria’s most prestigious theaters, he made his way onto the international scene with various European co-productions of television miniseries and specials. After winning the German Tony Award (INTEGA) for the role of Daniel Kaffee in “A Few Good Men” he was upgraded from prince to king in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”; which became the most successful production of the play in Europe. He has also more recently become Austria’s most renowned cabaret star, playing stages from Vienna to Carnegie Hall, while emerging as Austria’s number one television personality (e.g. host of “Dancing Stars”, Vienna Opera Ball). He is passionately involved in charities for the benefit of children in need and the Austrian Aids Foundation.

Sierra Zulu Crew Members: Martin Gschlacht and Michaela Oppl

Let’s welcome two glorious members of Sierra Zulu’s workforce!

Martin Gschlacht
(Director of Photography)

Martin Gschlacht is an Austrian cinematographer and co-founder of the Viennese movie production company coop99. He graduated from Höhere Graphische Bundes-Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt Wien as a camera assistant and started working as a cameraman for music videos as well as short films and commercials. He continued his studies at the Filmakademie Wien, where he graduated 1996 in cinematography and production. Two years later he founded the Martin Gschlacht production company along with Valentin Hitz and Markus Wogrolly, which produced a couple of short films. In 1999 he co-founded the Viennese production company coop99 along with the directors Barbara Albert, Antonin Svoboda and Jessica Hausner. Gschlacht continues working on other cinematographic projects and also has been teaching at the Viennese film college since 2008. Two of the movies he has worked on as a cinematographer were featured in the contest program of the international film festival of Venice: Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men and Jessica Hausner’s Lourdes.
Gschlacht founded the Academy of Austrian Film along with other Austrian creators. He is now a member of the board of the same.

Michaela Oppl
(Make-Up and SFX-Make-Up)

Michaela Oppl is a make-up artist and a specialist for SFX make-up and has worked on such diverse film productions as Haneke’s The Piano Teacher, Glawogger’s Slumming, Riahi’s For a Moment Freedom, Murnberger’s Der Knochenmann and Carreras’ Flores negras. TV productions: Vier Frauen und ein Todesfall and Dorfers Donnerstalk.
In 2009 she received the award for best make-up in Flores negras from the Málaga Spanish Film Festival.

Sierra Zulu: Let’s have a look at the UN Camp

A ragtag UN peacekeeping force operates a small camp guarding the no-man’s-land between Austria and the tiny agrarian microstate Soviet Unterzoegersdorf, the last existing bastion of the defunct Soviet Union.

Let’s have a look at the camp.

(Sketch by Andreas Rausch; hi-res version of sketch on our Sierra Zulu Flickr stream)

Sierra Zulu presents: Max Grodenchik and Dirk Stermann

More updates about Sierra Zulu’s actors!
Today we are delighted being able to brag about new Absichtserklärungen by Max Grodénchik and Dirk Stermann!

Max will play an American. And Dirk a German. No surprises. And no, we won’t give away more information.

Max Grodénchik?

Max Grodénchik’s TV credits include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, E.R., Crossing Jordan, Tales from the Crypt, Six Feet Under, The Drew Carey Show, Sliders, and the BBC series Hustle.  He played in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which led to his seven seasons as the recurring character Rom on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Film credits include King of California, Bruce Almighty, Apollo 13, Sister Act, Barton Fink and The Rocketeer.  He played the title role in the Dino De Laurentiis-produced horror film Rumpelstiltskin, written and directed by Mark Jones (who launched the Leprechaun franchise).
On the stage he has worked off-Broadway with Glenn Close, and at the Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory and Center Stage, Baltimore. He also toured with Center Stage’s Young People’s Theatre, bringing live performances to school children across the entire state of Maryland.
He began his acting career appearing in plays at the Magic Theatre, San Francisco, in the days when Sam Shepard was that theatre’s playwright-in-residence.

Dirk Stermann?

Dirk Stermann began to study History and Theatre Arts at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf/Germany and continued his studies in Vienna/Austria from 1987 onwards, but didn’t bother graduating. He is working at the Austrian Broadcasting Company (ORF) since 1988; since 1990 he is the German half of the comedy duo Stermann & Grissemann. The duo hosted the radio satire shows Salon Helga (ORF), Radio Blume (ORF) and Show Royale (Radio Eins, Berlin) and published several books.
Since 2004 Dirk has hosted the “Protestsongcontest” at the Rabenhof Theater in Vienna. In 2007 he started hosting the popular TV talkshow “Willkommen Österreich”.
Dirk Stermann is married to journalist Christine Schatz and they have a daughter.
Movies: Silentium (Austria 2004, Director: Wolfgang Murnberger), Import Export (Austria 2007, Director: Ulrich Seidl), Immer nie am Meer (Austria 2007, Director: Antonin Svoboda)

Sierra Zulu: The Graphic Novelette?

It’s our socialistic pleasure to work with James Brothwell on a wonderful side project of Sierra Zulu — a graphic novelette! We don’t know yet how and when and in what format we want to publish it, but it’s an exciting piece of propaganda in the making.

James already created a faux cover, but he will probably adapt it as soon as we know more about the physical appearance of the actual actors.

So, who is James Brothwell?

James is an illustrator, comic book artist, and tattoo designer currently living and working in the Pacific Northwest. Between fits of existential angst over pixels being out of place, he finds time to work in digital pen-and-ink as well as cell-shading styles. He is mainly self-taught with a few University classes thrown in. He is fond of old Disney movies, thoughtful graphic novels, his cat, and tea.