Wolf Koenig

Wolf Koenig (born October 17, 1927 in Dresden, Germany) is a Canadian film director, producer, animator, cinematographer, and a pioneer in Direct Cinema at the NFB. Koenig emigrated to Canada from Germany with his family in 1937, when they fled Nazi Germany. They settled in 145-acre (0.59 km) farm along the Grand River, outside what is now known as Cambridge, Ontario. In 1948, a local representative for the Canadian department of agriculture needed the family's tractor to demonstrate a new tree-planting machine. As the young Koenig pulled the machine across a field, he noticed a small film crew from the NFB's former agricultural film unit, recording the demonstration. After filming was complete, he approached the men, who included director Raymond Garceau, and told them he loved films, especially animation, and hoped to work in filmmaking. They suggested he send in a job application and approximately six weeks later he received a letter offering him the position of a junior splicer for $100 per month.



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