After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Fine Art at London’s Central Saint Martin College of Art & Design, Saskia started her media career as a freelance music video and commercial production designer. She went on to serve as the festival director for Los Angeles’s fiercely independent Silver Lake Film Festival, launching the festival’s new media arm in addition to directing programming and music events.
Moving on to work at Al Gore’s Emmy-Award winning Current TV as the head of filmmaker outreach and development, Saskia oversaw projects designed to gain new short format documentary content for the TV network, while overseeing cross-media initiatives and spearheading content partnerships and filmmaker relationships on a global scale.
Saskia currently works as a producer, writer, programmer and advocate, furthering independent film by supporting visionary initiatives such as From Here to Awesome, DIY Days & Slamdance Film Festival, among others. With this in mind, she produces events and educational initiatives around new models in filmmaking — including the annual Filmmaker Summit at Slamdance (with WorkBook Project and Open Video Alliance), the TEDActive Innovation Lab (for Pink Cloud Events), and three of WorkBook Project’s DIY Days series, to date (co-produced with Lance Weiler). She also frequently contributes to the WorkBook Project’s New Breed as a guest writer.
In 2009 Saskia left Current and founded Cinema Speakeasy, a film screening series in Los Angeles, which she runs with her colleague Georgi Goldman. Designed as a replicable model, CS aims to gather new audiences for independent film through personal, community-based engagement and creative programming. The series has recently expanded to San Francisco, with other cities in the works.
Her current favorite side project is co-producing and co-directing a series of short story-based documentaries under the nom de plume (and creative partnership) Mr. and Mrs. Hahn.