Florian BG Klein
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Flux Arts’ director Florian Ben Graziano Klein also known as Ben Graziano is an independent filmmaker, musician and actor.
Youth in Germany:
Growing up in Berlin, Germany, Florian started to play the violin and the piano in an early age. In school he joined every kind of musical ensemble he could do to enjoy his passion: Making music and being on stage. As a member of the orchestra he got twice the chance to play under the conduction of the well-known Sir Simon Rattle at the Berlin Philharmonie for the national School-Orchestra meet-up.
After graduating from the Arndt-Gymnasium School in Berlin 2006 his ambition was to be on stage or in front of the camera.
He took part in various acting workshops in Berlin and Munich to pursue this path.
Acting and Studies (Winchester, 2008-2011):
In 2008 he moved to Winchester, UK, to study at University of Winchester (2008-2011), Drama and Media Productions. Here he discovered photography and filmmaking.
Throughout his studies Florian was involved in various productions on stage. He took part in the opera/play Dido and Aeneas and in an own devised piece Ignis Lane, which was based on the well-known play The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, for which he also composed the score. Additionally he performed several Performing Arts Winchester productions, i.e.: Jack The Ripper – The Musical and The Wonderful World Of Dissocia, for which he earned the award for Best Performer 2010 at University of Winchester.
Beside his acting, Florian was also a member in the gospel choir SONG and musical show choir SOHO formed by Foundation Music Winchester (2009-2011).
Musical career (2010-2013):
In beginning 2010 Florian became a proud member of the Soul and Funk band Hannah Williams and The Tastemakers.
With this 7-piece ensemble he already supported acts like the James Taylor Quartet, the legendary Sugar Hill Gang, Craig Charles, Charles Bradley, Jools Holland and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.
Beginning of 2011 the band got signed to the label Record Kicks, Milan. In September 2012 the single ‘Work It Out’ got released and their debut album ‘A Hill of Feathers’ followed shortly after in October 2012.
In 2009/2010 he worked on various projects with ScreenCatcher (Co-Director, Executive Producer, Writer and Camera-Op). Their last documentary Tipi, Or Not Tipi was shown at the Winchester documentary Festival U-Doc 2010 and won an award for Best Cinematography. Also Florian joined forces with FixTheSky production team as an editor and the sister company FrontierRecords as Camera Operator.
Flux Arts (2011- ongoing):
In 2011 he started to work on his own business and created Flux Arts. His first project was Snow Time, a short experimental piece using time manipulation.
In May 2011 he premiered his first completely own written, produced, directed and edited short film Le Café. This film was also his Final Year Project for his BA (hons) Degree for which he received a first. With Flux Arts he continues promoting and exposing upcoming artists, like Hillman Mondegreen, Ed Hoyland, Milk Presents, Chritine Cheung and Eva Meckbach.
In London (2011/12):
After moving to London in summer 2011 Florian followed his passion within the creative sector. He worked as a runner and production assistant (feature) for media companies (51degrees production, OneOfUs) trying to learn and get into his beloved area: Film. With the band he toured England and Italy already a few times, playing at several music festivals. Due to an offer working in Berlin for a Media company he then left the band heavy-hearted and moved back to Germany. He chose to continue working for films.
In Berlin (2013 and current):
Currently being based back in Berlin, Florian works as a freelance assistant editor/ editor on several different projects for TV and independent film. For example he just worked as assistant editor for a TV show called Ein Starkes Team at Cine-Impuls Berlin. Within that company he had also the chance to work for almost three month straight as a Data-Wrangler and 2. Camera Assistant for two feature length TV productions.
As a Videographer he also collaborates with two dancers living in London, the project called Passing/Through. He also worked together with the Canadian artist Christine Cheung to capture her work in different ways for her exhibitions in Berlin.
Besides the editing, Florian is also working as a Camera operator and Video assistant at the Schaubühne Berlin. His recent production there is Much Ado About Nothing directed by Marius von Mayenburg. In summer 2014 he spent nearly two month working in Sweden at the International Dance Camp in Herräng, close to Stockholm. At Herräng Dance Camp Florian worked as Video-producer and Editor for evening Meetings. This included producing Short Films, Mini-Documentaries and preparation/producing of short VT’s on a daily basis.
Beisdes all the Media he dances passionately the Lindy Hop. When he’s not working behind the screen he is out teaching at the B-Swingt dance school Berlin as an instructor for Lindy Hop and Charleston. He loves it traveling to international Dance events as it connects with many interesting and wonderful people and as a positive side-effect of it you stay healthy and discover different areas of the world.