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Jurgen Vsych
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Television / Film, Writing
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Jürgen Vsych made her first film at age 5. It was shot on Super-8 and edited with her father’s toenail clippers. Jürgen’s films have screened at 42 film festivals in 29 countries. Pay Your Rent, Beethoven, her 27th featurette, was made in Glasgow, won the Princes Trust Award, and was distributed in the U.S. and Canada, paired with Persuasion. Her short $on for Sail aired on Britain’s Channel Four and on America’s PBS. She wrote and directed the cult feature comedy Ophelia Learns to Swim. Her first novel, Captain Death, is AVAILABLE HERE. Jürgen is the author of The Wroughten Director, the first autobiography of an American female film director. She also wrote, directed, produced and starred in 38 plays and 110 one-act plays. She has written a feature-length screenplay of Captain Death and Pay Your Rent, Beethoven, as well as ten other features, specializing in historical adventure-dramadies. She lives on the schooner Captain Deathe, sailing the Seven Seas and the Hudson, Mississippi, Potomac, and Delaware. Jürgen graduated high school at 15 and apprenticed as a director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Vic, BBC-Scotland, The Old Globe, and Scottish Opera with Sir Jonathan Miller.

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What do you do best?:

Make Wroughten Movies.

What makes you the best version of yourself?:

Being vigilant, and always looking to improve every aspect of a project.

What are your aspirations? (Personal and Business):

Hearing a little boy say, “Direct a movie? Please – that’s WOMEN’s work!”

Biggest Success?:

Film “Pay Your Rent, Beethoven,” and novel “Captain Death.”

Most Challenging Moment?:

Recutting a movie after the negative cutter destroyed our best footage.


Sometimes you have to go out on a limb because that’s where the fruit is. – Will Rogers

Favorite People/Role Models?:

John Brown, Benjamin Franklin, Amelia Earhart, and Beethoven.

Favorite Places/Destinations?:

Cinerama Dome, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rijks Museum, Lincoln Center

Favorite Products/Objects?:

My New York Public Library card, Leica, Final Cut Pro, Stratocaster, and my boat.

Current Passions?:

Same as when I was a kid: intelligent movies, good conversation, and justice.

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