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Zbigniew Rybczynski «New Book» | Nowa Ksiazka
Zbigniew Rybczynski, «New Book», 1975
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 Zbigniew Rybczynski

b 1949 in Lodz, Poland. 1969–1972 Lodz Film Academy. His first films were «Kwadrat» and «Take Five», both in 1972. In Lodz, he worked as a cinematographer on educational, short and feature films and was a member of the avant-garde group «Warsztat Formy Filmowej.» In 1977, he went to Vienna where he realised «Weg Zum Nachbarn» and «Mein Fenster». In Vienna he also set up a trick studio for an Austrian TV. In between, Zbig was involved in the «Solidarity» movement in Poland. When martial law was declared, he received political asylum in Austria. In 1983, he won an Academy Award as Best Animated Short for «Tango» (1980) and then moved with his family to the United States. There he founded his own production company, Zbig Vision, where he conceived and realized as a first filmmaker high definition videos, including «Steps» (1987), «The Orchestra» (1990), and «Kafka» (1992). He created many outstanding music videos for various artists. In 1994, Rybczynski moved to Germany: in Berlin he worked at the CFB Zentrum to design new computer imaging techniques, later in Cologne he taught experimental film at the Media Arts Academy. In 2001, he returned to the US and currently lives in Los Angeles where he works for the Ultimatte Corporation.