Yvonne - P3 Yvonne P. Behrens


Yvonne P. Behrens is an Archives & Records Manager. She has worked for the UCLA Film & TV Archive and for the AFI Fest (The American Film Institute’s annual festival of international cinema). She was a regular contributor of film reviews for Just Out in Portland, OR and has been published in other outlets as well. Yvonne has been the Executive Director of the Portland Queer Film Festival for many years, and a contributor to the Outfest/UCLA Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation. She was also invited to be on the jury of the Teddy’s at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015. Contact her here.

  Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Director of Educational Outreach

Dr. Collenberg received her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Minnesota (2011). She specializes in 19th and 20th Century German Literature and Cinema and in teaching German as a second language. Her publications include articles on the aesthetic representation of terrorism, on German film, and co-authorship of Cineplex (2014), a second-year textbook on learning German language and culture through film. Her current research project focuses on the use of photographs in German cinema. Before coming to PSU, she taught at Longwood University (2013-2015), Williams College (2011-2013), and CSU Long Beach (2008-2011).

  Verena Hutter, Ph.D.

Director of Communications & Social Media

Originally from the Lake Constance region in Germany, I hold an M.A. and PhD. in German from the University of California, Davis. I’ve taught all levels of German, currently at the Sophie Scholl Schule. Learning a new language means learning about a new culture and ultimately oneself. I stress reading and writing, but ultimately the student’s ability to express themselves and find joy in German is paramount.


Special thanks to

Petra Brambrink

Petra Brambrink has been a founding member and past president of Zeitgeist Northwest. After a successful career as a family therapist in Germany she immigrated to the US in 2003. She worked as a stone sculptor in Portland and as an instructor for stone carving for the visually impaired at the Washington State School for the blind in Vancouver, WA  before moving to New York in 2016. She played an instrumental role in bringing the German Film Festival to Portland.
Renate Zylla - Festival Agentin Renate Zylla

Festival Advisor for Children & Youth Films

Born in Bielefeld, Germany, Renate holds a Master of Pedagogy with a concentration in media at the University of Bielefeld. Renate Zylla is a director, organizer, manager of film projects and events and has been a jury member at international film festivals. In 1988 she became the director of the Kinder Film Fest of the Berlin International Film Fest and worked in this position until 2002. Since then she has been a festival agent for children and youth films around the world.

  Mike Jefferson Justice

Mike is an acclaimed editor, writer, director and actor who is producing the
festival trailers for the Portland German Film Festival and the Portland Queer Film Festival. He is known for his work on the TV show EAST LOS HIGH (2013), THE TROUBLE WITH BARRY (2013) and IN HER SHOES (2005). You can contact him here.