Hof Butenland revisited.

Last Saturday we paid a visit to Hof Butenland to see our old friends and mett all the new ones! From the footage we are producing a “2-yearslater” Special for the DVD, where we’ll be visiting all protagonists of the film to see what has happened in their lives over the past two years. The DVD will be released in May 23rd in Germany!









Categories: DVD, on the road

Newsletter #2

Hey everyone!
since our last newsletter I’ve already travelled a lot across Germany with the film and I’m really excited for the US & Canada tour in April. Here are the latest news from our office:


Our filmtour has been a huge success so far! Live and Let Live has been screened 20 times so far with a total of 1122 visitors! Coming up are more cities in Germany, our Switzerland Premiere and of course the US & Canada Premiere and more! You can find all screenings on our website:

DVD Extras

Over the past two weeks I’ve put together the extras for the DVD. The interviews we did with Tom Regan, Melanie Joy, Gary Francione, Jonathan Balcombe or Will Potter were so interesting and it was very hard to reduce these sometimes 1 1/2 hr interviews to a few minutes for the film. So I am really happy that they will find a space on the DVD.
Tomorrow we’ll be on our way to Hof Butenland to film a little special for the DVD where we will show you what happened over the past two years in the lives of the human and non-human stars of Live and Let Live!
The DVD will be available on May 23rd from our website!

Until our next newsletter,
Marc & the Live and Let Live team



Categories: screening

Newsletter #1

Live and Let Live in theaters!
While Live and Let Live will be screened in selected movie theaters across Germany, we are preparing a small US and Canada screening tour in April. The US premiere is currently scheduled for Sunday, April 13th at the CST in Portland, Oregon. We’ll post more dates on the website once they are confirmed. We’re also planning a few screenings across Europe. More soon!

For all of you who live too far away from our screenings – Live and Let Live will be out in Europe on DVD & VOD on May 23rd 2014. mindjazz pictures has picked up the rights for Live and Let Live. Yay! Its a small label from Cologne, Germany, which specializes in documentaries that raise questions, offer different perspectives and are good entertainment. The DVD will be available for preorder and in a special edition on our website soon!

We’re happy to let you know that the subtitles for Live and Let Live are currently being translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Serbian and Croatian! A big thank you goes out to all those who are helping to make the film availabe to more and more people! If you are interested in translating Live and Let Live into other languages, please get in touch: Thanks!



Categories: DVD, screening

Translators wanted!

Help us find translators for the subtitles of Live and Let Live!
We’re currently working on the DVD for Live and Let Live. Our goal with this documentary was to present all the facts and reasons for a vegan lifestlye without making people watch gruesome footage of animals being exploited and killed or coming across as ‘preachy’. So far, non-vegans who watched Live and Let Live said it helped them to make the next step towards a vegan lifestyle, which is great!
That’s why we want to make this documentary available to as many people as possible. And that’s why we need YOUR help! We’re looking for translators to help us translate the English subtitles into other languages. In return we’re offering DVDs, posters and t-shirts from the crowdfunding campaign. We’d also be happy to help you with organizing a screening of Live and Let Live in your city! You can get in touch via e-Mail: office @ letlivefilm . com
Please help us share this post! If you know anyone who think might be interested, please forward them this post. With your help we can make Live and Let Live a truly international documentary that will hopefully help people to go vegan. Thank you!



Categories: documentary, post-production

In memory of Robert Goodland

Yesterday I received the sad news that Robert Goodland has passed away. We interviewed Robert in May of 2012 in Washington D.C. for Live and Let Live.
Robert became a professor in 1974 at the University of Brasilia, where he established a program to teach tropical ecology and environmental assessment. Then he moved to the Instituto Nacional de Pesquiasas da Amazonia in Manaus, where he designed Brazil’s first graduate course in applied tropical ecology. That led Robert to co-author the book Amazon Jungle: Green Hell to Red Desert. It attracted much favorable review, and became viewed as a seminal work in the birth of the international environmental movement.
In 1978, Robert became the first full-time ecologist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. As Lead Environmental Advisor for the World Bank Group, Robert bolstered his policy work with sectoral work. This included stopping the World Bank Group from financing projects involving tobacco and asbestos. It also included avoiding the worst types of agricultural and forestry projects, such as those featuring land colonization, transmigration, and logging and ranching in tropical forests.
After Robert’s official retirement from the World Bank in 2001, he was recruited to play a key role on the independent Extractive Industries Review at the World Bank Group. The review concluded with recommendations for various ways to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. He also served as a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute, where he co-authored a report on human rights.
To his last days, Robert continued to build on his work with Jeff Anhang on a 2009 article entitled “Livestock and Climate Change,” which assessed how replacing some livestock products — and reforesting land thereby freed from livestock and feed production — could be the only pragmatic way to stop climate change before it might be too late. This work became widely cited, including by Bill Gates and by Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday campaign. Robert was invited by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to speak about this work in Rome and in Berlin, and by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to deliver a keynote speech in Beijing. To develop further awareness, Robert worked to launch a website called “Chomping Climate Change.”



Categories: Uncategorized

A little glimpse into the future of Live and Let Live

It’s the end of the year and time again for a final blog post. Although not too much has happened, here is a small summary as well as a glimpse into the future of Live and Let Live.

We are currently working on getting the film into as many german theaters as possible. Unfortunately we could not find a distributor for the film, which means we’re contacting independent cinemas, ask if they are interested in screening the film, if so, send a screener and then try to find a screening date.
In January / February you will probably have the opportunity to watch the film in Bremen, Hannover, Muenster, Leipzig, Berlin, Freiburg and Hamburg. We’re of course trying to expand the list! If you want to help us – ask at your local cinema if they want to screen the film. In Karlsruhe, this worked so well that the film was shown twice 🙂
You can find the dates for all future performances on the “At the movies” Page.

For all of you who wonder when the DVD will be released – we’ve just started working on it and will try to release the DVD with as much extras as possible in April. Once we have a final release date, the DVD will be available for pre-order at The rewards for all startnext supporters will be shipped on the release date.

Film Festivals
We’ve submitted the film to a number of international film festivals. Currently we’ve already sent out 10 applications and we’ll send out a couple more soon.

At the International Movie Database IMDb you can now find lots of detailled information on the film, especially regarding cast and crew. Those of you who have already seen the film can rate it there too.

U.S. Premiere
We’re still working on the U.S. premiere of Live and Let Live in Portland, Oregon. Afterwards the film will go on a short U.S. tour. A short European tour is also in the works.

If you don’t want to miss anything, check out the top right of the page where you can sign up for the Live and Let Live newsletter.

That’s all for now. Thanks to all of you who supported the film in 2013! Happy new year and all the best for 2014.




Categories: documentary, post-production, screening

Finally, world premiere!

Finally, world premiere! Surprisingly, the world premiere at the Cinema Münster was sold out just after a few days. The premiere itself was a big success and very nice evening. A lot of people were present that worked on Live And Let Live and we had a few people from the cast attend. Jan Gerdes and Karin Mück from Hof Butenland as well as Ria Rehberg and Hendrik Haßel from Animal Equality Germany drove to Münster. All four were up on the stage after the film to answer the questions of the audience. And of course we were very happy to see so many supporters of our Startnext campaign in the audience!

There were also a few bloggers and newspapers* present.Vegan News did an interview with me just before the premiere where you’ll probably notice that I was a little nervous.

Thanks to all our premiere guests and especially to the Cinema Münster for the awesome support!

*You can check out the links to the german newspaper articles as well as an interview with me on radio Q in the german version of this article.



Categories: documentary, screening

World Premiere announced!

In the past few weeks a lot has happened – after a few test screenings in Münster, Berlin and Luxembourg, we once again worked on the concept of the documentary and shot some additional scenes – to make the film easier to follow for people who are unfamiliar with the concept of veganism.
Meanwhile, the rest of the material is already in professional audio mastering and color grading – an option that was only possible due to this crowdfunding campaign!
But its about time, since the world premiere of ‘Live and Let Live’ is fast approaching: On November 3rd, ‘Live And Let Live’ will premiere at the Cinema Münster! You can find all info about the event on Facebook: and on



Categories: screening

Funding success!

Yay, we made it! The crowdfunding campaign was a success with a total of 18.000€ collected! Thanks to all of you who contributed or supported the campaign for Live And Let Live! We can now produce the documentary professionally and make sure a lot of people will be able to watch it!
We’ll of course keep you posted.



Categories: crowdfunding

Trailer Premiere!

Finally! I’m so excited to finally present you the offical trailer for Live And Let Live! It’s been a lot more work than I expected, but it should give you a good idea what the documentary will be about. I’d also like to thank Alice Bacher (Halbwegs) for the amazing score to the trailer! You can check out more of her work on YouTube or via Facebook. Please share the trailer far and wide. Thank you!

Trailer with english, german, spanish subtitles



Categories: crowdfunding, documentary