Micah Magee

2004 Heimkommen (short doc)
2009 Heat (short)
2010 Success (short)
2012 Heimkommen/Coming Home (short)
2015 Petting Zoo

She grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a dual degree in Plan II Honors and Radio-Television-Film. Also active in pirate radio and print journalism, she took a Fulbright journalism fellowship from Texas to Berlin, where she studied film directing at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB). She lives with her three children and husband, Danish filmmaker Johan Carlsen, with whom she founded the directors’ co-op and production company Makrorama. She has directed a number of award-winning short films. She has received awards from the Oberhausen Film Festival (Germany) and Premiers Plans d’Angers (France). Petting Zoo is her first feature film.

International Competition

Petting Zoo / Micah Magee

Seventeen-year-old Lyla, an average teenager from San Antonio, Texas, gets pregnant from her boyfriend of the same age. Now she has to take a major life decision: should she keep the baby or have an abortion so that she can go to university on the scholarship she has obtained? The coming-of-age story of Petting Zoo is familiar, but it is conveyed with remarkable clarity and geniality. The director focuses on the heroine’s dilemmas with a documentary-like naturalness. In her debut film, Magee returns to memories and experiences from her hometown in order to describe the adolescent soul starkly and succinctly.

Director:Micah Magee
Script:Micah Magee
Cinematography:Armin Dierolf
Editing:Chris Wright
Sound:Manja Ebert, Alexandre Leser
Costumes:Joshua Hurt
With:Devon Keller (Leyla), Austin Reed (Aaron), Deztany Gonzales (Melanie), Kiowa Tucker (Danny)
World Sales:The Match Factory, Germany T. +49 30 443 190 520 F. +49 30 443 190 530
Production Design:Utah Snyder
Producer:Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Johan Carlsen, Friederike Sophie Steinbeck, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Production:The Match Factory, Germany
Production Country:Germany-Greece-USA
Co-production:Makrorama (Germany-USA), Haos Film (Greece), DFFB
Format:DCP Color
Production Year:2015
Best Director – Münster IFF 2015, Germany
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Monday, November 09, 2015 - 15:30 | ID:314
FRIDA LIAPPA:Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 18:00 | ID:445