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Greek Mythology Sisyphus

After King Sisyphus had descending into the underworld and tricked Death, using his own chains, no mortal on earth could die for several days. Zeus the ruler of Heaven was furious and determined to punish Sisyphus.


Background information of the film Sisyphus Runs

"Sisyphus Runs" is a short film written, directed, produced and shot by Hayden Chisholm. In his own words "this is a story that combines two passions of mine- mythology and mountain running. Although at that time of production all kinds of events happened that completely turned my shooting plans on their head I still managed to thread together the story I'd been carrying in my head for a good year. Once finished, I literally collapsed- I'd mange to completely empty myself- it felt just like finishing an ultra marathon with my body and mind".

HAYDEN CHISHOLM Director, Producer, Music Composer, King Sisyphus

Hayden Chisholm is a New Zealand saxophonist and composer. After studying in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship he continued his music studies in Japan in India. In 1995 he developed a radical new microtonal system he termed "split scales" for saxophone which he revealed on his debut solo CD "Circe". Since then  his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured and recorded extensively  worldwide. He has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films. He has taught at Universities throughout the world and gives yearly master classes in Greece. He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen. In 2013 he released the 13 Box Set "13 Views of the Heart's Cargo" and received the German SWR Jazz Prize. In 2015 he was "Improviser in Residence" in Moers. In 2016 he released his second 13CD box "Cusp of Oblivion" on the Moontower Foundation Edition and directed his first short film "Sisyphus Runs“.



13CD box "Cusp of Oblivion" - Medley on Vimeo

ROBERT NACKEN Camera and Technical Support

Robert Nacken, born in Cologne 1974, is a composer and musician.


Aside from different musical projects and working as solo artist he writes and plays music for cinema, theatre and television.  Since 2004 he also creates short movies, radio plays and screenplays. In 2015 he received the highest German Film Award (Lola) for his last short film and radio play "ON AIR“.


For "Sisyphus Runs" Robert Nacken did some of the additional camera-shootings during the shoot on the island of Mallorca.

Georg Reddig Editor and Sound Mixing

Georg Reddig, born in Cologne in 1973, is a musician, composer and film-editor.


He worked many years as a studio sound engineer in sound recording studios specializing in sound and music for film and advertising. In 2004 he opened his own studio in Cologne for music-production, music-video-production and composing. 2011 he moved with his studio to Mallorca, Balearic Islands.


For "Sisyphus Runs" Georg Reddig did the film editing, sound mixing, trailer production, the web design of the homepage and the Graphic- and Video-Design for Hayden Chisholm's 13 CD-Box "Cusp of Oblivion".




Pedja Avramovic Sound Engineer

After completing a degree in classical Oboe, Pedja went on to open a recording studio and develop his skills on the Hammond Organ. As well as recording and mixing the music for "Sisyphus Runs", he also mixed and mastered most of the recordings in the two box sets of Hayden Chisholm, "13 Views of the Heart's Cargo" and "Cusp of Oblivion". Originally from Nis, Serbia, he now lives and works in Cologne, Germany.


klangmalerei.tv Colorcorrection

klangmalerei.tv is an independent production company based in Cologne, Germany - specialized in visualizing music in a documentary style. klangmalerei.tv develops and produces music features, music documentaries, live concerts and music videos. The audiovisual composition of the video content draws its artistic direction from the musical performances themselves to form a holistic piece of content – a unique approach that is based on the education of the three company owners in music and film.


For "Sisyphus Runs" Klangmalerei.tv did the Colorcorrection of the Film and the Trailer.


Cologne - Germany

Premiere & CD Pre-Release Party

Friday, 22.01.2016, 20h

Film Forum NRW, Museum Ludwig

Vienna - Austria

Dublin - Ireland

Monica Brewster Evening





Thessaloniki - Greece

Wednesday, 27.01.2016, 20h

Thursday, 28.01.2016, 20h

Thu 24 Nov 2016



Saturday, 23.01.2016, 20h