Bastian Günther, born in Hachenburg on September 3, 1974, graduated in 2006 from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. After winning the First Steps Award with Ende Einer Strecke (End of a Trip), his first feature film, Autopiloten (Autopilots), premiered at the 2007 Berlinale. His second feature film, Houston, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was screened afterwards on festivals worldwide. It won numerous awards and had its theatrical release in 2013. The essay film California City was invited to the 2015’s Visions du Réel (Nyon) Competition. In fall 2015, it won the “National Gallery’s Price for filmart” – followed by a four month long exhibition. Bastian Günther lives in Berlin and in Austin, Texas.