Schauder (born 1971 in Seattle/USA) got his start interning for Roger Corman in Los Angeles before he directed award-winning student films at the University of Television and Film, Munich. After earning his MA from the Munich film school he relocated to New York with a post-degree scholarship, granted by the German Foreign Ministry Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), to study acting at New York University. His U.S. narrative debut, SANTA SMOKES, which he wrote, co-directed and starred in, won several international awards, among them Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. In 2012, Schauder completed his first documentary, the critically acclaimed THE IRAN JOB, which was released worldwide, mentioned as an Oscar contender and shortlisted for a German Academy Award. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Gerd-Ruge-Stipendium by Medienstiftung NRW to develop WHEN GOD SLEEPS, which world premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. WHEN GOD SLEEPS has its Germany premiere at Filmfest Munich, and will be released theatrically in Germany in October 2017. Schauder also recently completed GLAUBENSKRIEGER (WARRIORS OF FAITH) a feature documentary about Iraqi refugees in Germany combating ISIS through performance arts for which he won the “ARD Top of the Docs” Award. GLAUBENSKRIEGER premiered in May at Dokfest Munich and will receive a semi-theatrical release in Germany in the summer before its broadcast on ARD primetime in August 2017. Schauder teaches film classes at NYU and Vermont College of Fine Arts where he is a founding faculty of the Film Masters Program. His production company Partner Pictures, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Sara Nodjoumi, is based in Brooklyn.
Nodjoumi is an independent film producer and film festival programmer. She and Till Schauder most recently collaborated on WHEN GOD SLEEPS, which is co-produced by ITVS, executive produced by Motto Pictures, Catapult Film Fund, and Fork Films, and supported by numerous foundations including the Sundance Institute, Jerome Foundation, and NYSCA. The film premiered in competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It later went on to win the Golden Heynal award for Best Music Documentary at the Krakow Film Festival, as well as the Most Valuable Film of the Year award at Cinema for Peace in Berlin. Nodjoumi and Schauder are currently working on the feature documentary REGGAE BOYZ, which is in post-production. From 2004-2009, Nodjoumi worked at the Tribeca Film Festival as an Associate Programmer and is currently the Artistic Director of the New York Sephardic Film Festival. She also produced the feature documentary THE IRAN JOB, which was released theatrically and on Netflix worldwide. In Germany, the film was shortlisted for a German Academy Award. For THE IRAN JOB, Nodjoumi managed two of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time. In 2016, she was invited to attend the Sundance Creative Producer’s Summit and in 2017 she was an IFP Cannes Producer’s Network Fellow.