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Kent Avenue Interview Series: René Sascha Johannsen

Kent Avenue Interview Series: René Sascha Johannsen

René Sascha Johannsen is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker and photographer. A youthful love of skateboarding and playing drums in bands in his native Denmark helped inspire his current pursuits of moving portraits of both gritty street skaters and emerging music stars. Later, post-school leisure trips to Australia and Austria led to his first professional destination-shot documentary—following young snowboarders tackling the slopes of Whistler in western Canada. That was followed by documentary work in locales such as Haiti, Tunisia, Russia, The Gaza Strip and North Korea, where he served as cameraman and editor for Mads Brügger’s 2009 film, The Red Chapel.

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