Doors open: 8:30 p.m., Screening starts: 9:00 p.m.
In 1987, Jeff Mills began performing as a DJ called “The Wizard” on his weekly radio show at the Detroit station WJLB. From 1988 he produced industrially-inspired music together with Anthony Srock under the name “Final Cut.” A little later, he joined several others in founding the record label Underground Resistance, whose releases defined and decisively shaped Detroit techno. From 1989, Mills also began producing solo records. In 1991 Mills moved to New York and founded his own label, Axis Records. He also produced for the Berlin label Tresor Records and in the 1990s chose Berlin as his second home.
In 2000 he released the first electronic version of the soundtrack to Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS. His passion for sci-fi and movie classics subsequently led to scores for Buster Keaton’s THE THREE AGES (1923), Fritz Lang’s WOMAN IN THE MOON, Walter Ruttmann’s BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY, and Georges Méliès’ A TRIP TO THE MOON.
As a DJ, Jeff Mills is known for his fast, spontaneous mixing style. He often changes records every minute and simply throws the played records behind him. “X-103 – Atlantis” was included in “The Wire’s” “100 Records That Set The World On Fire (While No One Was Listening).” Other milestones from the label’s archive will be re-released on Axis as part of his “Director’s Cut” series.
Especially for the UFA Film Nights 2017, Jeff Mills set the completed, restored 2010 version of METROPOLIS to music for the first time. This year he will give a live performance of his new musical interpretation of another great classic of Weimar cinema: WOMAN IN THE MOON.