“Telling me to take a vacation from filmmaking is like telling a child to take a vacation from playing.”
Torsten Lenz was born in 1987 in Berlin and grew up in Rostock. From early childhood he dreamed about filmmaking, made up stories and got his teeth into everything around motion pictures. When he was nine years old, he began to experiment with his mother’s video camera; when he was eleven, he got the chance to gather first acting experience in school theater. A little later, Torsten Lenz began to shoot short films with schoolmates as actors. With seventeen years, he made a full length feature trash comedy called “Buddhism Revolutions”, which took him five years to complete.
In 2008 he moved to Frankfort on the Main and began to work as editor and cinematographer for the German television. He was engaged in many documentaries and commercials, including “GLADIO – The secret Armies in Europe” (2011), “Hitler’s Police Force” (2011), “The case of Ivan Demjanjuk” (2010). In summer 2010, he earned the title “Best audio-visual media designer of the federal state Hessen”. But Torsten Lenz always felt more attracted by making feature films. He quit working for documentaries in 2011 and moved to Berlin, where he started over in the motion picture industry. Working now as assistant editor and production assistant, he contributed to features like the screen adaption of the best-selling novel “Mängelexemplar” (2015) and the award-winning movies “Lamento” (2012) and “Rough road ahead” (2014).
All the time, Torsten Lenz continued realizing his own film projects. He directed music videos and shorts like the award-winning thriller “Mors certa”. In 2014 he completed his second feature, “A Raven called Poe“, a black comedy about the adventures of two half-time crooks, a dead body and a bird. Like all his own productions, the film was made on a no-budget base, financed completely by the crew and himself.