Profiles: Who’s Who

Hans Hodel

Hans Hodel (Switzerland) (*1938) was a public school teacher and studied protestant theology in Berne (Switzerland) serving in two different parishes, especially committed to the youth movement. From 1966 he taught classes in a teacher trainings school in religion, ethics and media, made additional studies in educational science and until 1987 maintained a full-time job at the teacher training school Muristalden-Berne, including lessons at the University for students at high schools. From 1987-2003 (until his official retirement) he was film commissioner of the Swiss Protestant Churches (“Reformierte Medien”) including responsibility for the non theatrical film- and video-distribution ZOOM. He has been a member of several INTERFILM and Ecumenical Juries, including membership of the jury for the European Templeton Film Award from 1997-2006. Since 1989 he has been Jury Coordinator for the International Interchurch Film Organisation INTERFILM and its President from 2004-2013 (

Werner Schneider-Quindeau

Werner Schneider-Quindeau (Germany) is Vice-President of Interfilm. Studied protestant theology and philosophy and worked as aongregational minister, in theological education and in the field of social responsibility of his local church. Since 2009 he has been a minister at the Katharinenkirche in Frankfurt a/M. Since 1988 he has been president of the jury of the Protestant churches in Germany which regularly nominates “film of the month”. From 1999 to 2003 he was film commissioner of the Protestant churches (EKD). He has published articles on the relationship between film and theology, church and the movies.

Philip Lee

Philip Lee (Canada) is Vice-President of Interfilm. He joined the staff of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) in 1975, where he is currently Deputy Director of Programs and Editor of the international journal Media Development. His publications include The Democratization of Communication (ed.) (1995), Requiem: Here’s Another Fine Mass You’ve Gotten Me Into (2001); Many Voices, One Vision: The Right to Communicate in Practice (ed.) (2004); Communicating Peace: Entertaining Angels Unawares (ed.) (2008). He has served on several Ecumenical Juries.

Denyse Muller

Denyse Muller (France) is Vice-President of Interfilm and President of INTERFILM France. Pastor of Reformed Church of France and Protestant Church of Geneva. After a childhood in Cannes, pedagogical training and humanities, she studied at Protestant Theological University in Montpellier (France) where she graduated, and also at Protestant Theological University in Chicago and Richmond (USA) She worked as a minister in different parishes in USA, France and Switzerland. Member of Pro-Fil ( France) and member of WACC. Since 2000, she has coordinated and organized with SIGNIS the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Festival. Member of Ecumenical Juries in Locarno, Berlin, Cannes, Montreal, Karlovy Vary, Yerevan.

Karsten Visarius

Karsten Visarius (Germany) is Executive Director of Interfilm. After completing studies in German and Russian literature and language, Karsten Visarius worked as a freelance film and TV-critic for several years, mainly for the German newspapers Frankfurter Rundschau and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and the film magazine epd Film. During this period he also published studies on the work of Roman Polanski, Akira Kurosawa, and Wim Wenders, as well as on religious programmes of the German public television. Since 1990 he has been responsible for the department of film and audio-visual media in the GEP (Joint Association of Protestant Media Communication) in Frankfurt, restructured as Film Cultural Centre in 2004. The EKD Film Cultural Centre co-ordinates and advises the film activities of the Protestant churches in Germany and develops concepts for dialogue between church and cinema.

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston (Canada) is Coordinator of the Interfilm presence at the Montreal World Film Festival. He has served on Ecumenical Juries in Berlin, Cannes, Locarno and Montreal and is a Presbyterian minister currently serving at St. Andrew’s Church Ottawa. Andrew has helped co-ordinate the Interfilm presence on the Ecumenical Jury in Montreal since 1989, and has organised biennial ‘Talk Film, Talk Faith’ seminars that bring individuals from across North America to see films in Official Competition and discuss connections with Christian faith.

James M. Wall

James M. Wall is Honorary Life Member of Interfilm North America. Editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine from 1972 through February 1999, he is now a Contributing Editor of the magazine. Since April, 2008, he has written a weekly blog, Wall Writings. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy person with degrees from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL . Wall is the National Council of Churches representative to the appeals board of the Ratings Board of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO). He has served as an adjunct professor in Religion and Culture at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California. 


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