Petter Ringbom / Filmmaker

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY OWN
Chewing gum sculptures, a wealthy gallerist, a firebrand wrestler, a notorious murder case and the segregated south – it’s all part of Nellie Mae Rowe’s boundless universe. This World is Not My Own reimagines this self-taught artist’s world and her life spanning the 20th century.
thisworldisnotmyown.com

Format: Feature Doc
Roles: Co-Director, Co-Writer, Cinematographer, Animator
Cast: Uzo Aduba, Amy Warren
Support: Swedish Film Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, Jewish Story Partners, Judith Alexander Foundation, David Schwartz Foundation
Status: Post-Production


THE NEW BAUHAUS
The Life & Legacy of Moholy-Nagy
thenewbauhaus.com

Format: Feature Doc
Roles: Producer, Cinematographer, Designer
Support: Terra Foundation, Graham Foundation, David Schwartz Foundation  
Screenings: Chicago Intl. Film Festival, Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, Archicture & Design Film Festival, LACMA


SHIELD & SPEAR
Art, Music & Freedom in South Africa
shieldspear.com

Format: Feature Doc
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Screenings: Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Gothenburg Intl. Film Festival, Big Sky, The Hammer Museum, Film at Lincoln Center


PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART
Together with our partners at Openbox Design, we’re part of a finalist team for the redesign of the Portland Museum of Art. This film by Opendox and Lever Architecture showcases our design concept, “Greeting the Light.”

Format: Commision
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


THE LIMESTONE CONFLICT
The fight over limestone mining in the ancient Ojnare forest of Gotland, the largest island in Sweden.

Format: Short Doc
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Screenings: Gothenburg Intl. Film Festival, Telluride Mountain Film


THE LOWLINE LAB
Under the streets of New York’s Lower East Side lies a new project straight out of science fiction.

Format: Short Doc
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Screenings: Released through Nowness


QUESTIONS FOR MY FATHER
Questions for My Father is a document of the inquiries, doubts and reservations of a generation of men who came of age in the late 20th century.
questionsformyfather.com

Format: Art Film
Roles: Co-Director, Editor
Screenings: Miami Art Basel, Wexner Center for the Arts, Utah MoCA


THE RUSSIAN WINTER
Brooklyn-born John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world.

Format: Feature Doc
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Screenings: Tribeca Film Festival, IDFA, Moscow Intl. Film Festival, Gothenburg Intl. Film Festival


INDIA HICKS
A commissioned film about craftsmanship for fashion and lifestyle brand, India Hicks.

Format: Commision
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


XQ SUPER SCHOOL CHALLENGE: NXU
Opendox produced three short films that present the NXU concept, an innovative lab school and education platform named after the Latin word for connections, nexus

Format: Commision
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


MARFA, TEXAS
Visit Marfa, a small town in the high desert of far West Texas that has become a center for site specific art.

Format: Short Doc
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


STRATEGY WORLD TOUR: MEXICO CITY
Every year, IIT’s Institute of Design takes participants to transforming cites in order to experience innovation first hand. Here, we focus on Mexico’s position in the global economy, from both commercial and cultural perspectives.

Format: Commision
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


STEWART-SCHAFER FOR DANNIJO
Stewart - Schafer design and build a New York Fashion Week presentation for the jewelry company, Dannijo.

Format: Commision
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN
A Creative Symposium in The Alps of Lenzerheide with participants like Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Inoue Brothers, Andreas Caminada, Adrien Sauvage, Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem), Gazelle, Arc'teryx Aeilance and Findlay Brown.

Format: Commision
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


WOLF TRACKING
We spent a week in northern Wisconsin learning how to track wolves.

Format: Short Doc
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


SUNDAY AT THE RACES
Took my camera to the Oakland Valley Race Park to shoot some flat track racing.

Format: Short Doc
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


JONATHAN ADLER CONQUERS ESPAÑA
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan travel to Spain to receive an award from Architectural Digest España.

Format: Commision
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


STREET PARADE
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of a street parade. Follow Theresa Andersson as she prepares for the Muses Mardi Gras parade.

Format: Commision
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


DANNIJO
One of several commisions for jewelry brand, Dannijo.

Format: Commision
Roles: Director, Cinematographer, Editor


©2022 Petter Ringbom / Opendox

CONTACT

Productions: opndx.com
Email: info@petterringbom.com
Twitter: @petterringbom
Vimeo: vimeo.com/petterringbom
Instagram: instagram.com/petterringbom
IMDB: imdb.com/name/nm3471749

 

BIOGRAPHY

Petter Ringbom is a Swedish-American filmmaker based in New York. His films have screened at Tribeca, IDFA, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Film at Lincoln Center, LACMA, the Hammer Museum, Miami Art Basel and Gothenburg Intl. Film Festival. Petter has been a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow, a Gotland Film Lab resident at the Ingmar Bergman Estate, a Berlinale Talent, and a Midpoint Feature Launch participant. He’s a partner in the film production company, opendox.

Petter started his career as a designer and art director. After studying at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, he became a partner in the creative agency Flat, where he worked for clients like MoMA, Red Cross and ESPN. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and New York University, and served on the board of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

 

PRESS

New York Times
Roberta Smith. Sept 2, 2022
“With over 100 of her paintings on paper, several sewn dolls (and one chewing gum sculpture) as well as two amazing reimaginings (not replicas) of her home and yard recently constructed for a hybrid documentary-feature, the show fills the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.”

New York Times
Jane Margolies. Oct 5, 2019
“Today, when newcomers to America are often regarded as suspect, Petter Ringbom and Marquise Stillwell of Opendox, the film’s production company, seek to highlight Moholy-Nagy‘s contributions as an immigrant.”

Architectural Digest
Rebecca Holland. Sep 30, 2019
“Moholy started messing with the traditional gallery space by introducing moving sculptures and adding the element of time—of interacting with the pieces,” Ringbom tells AD PRO. “At the time, that was completely new.”

Horisont Magazine
Christer Nilsson. Nov 1, 2015
“He’s making a feature film inspired by the Ojnare conflict.”

The Hollywood Reporter
John DeFore. Oct 23, 2014
“Introducing outsiders to a creative scene seemingly far more vibrant than most of us realized, Petter Ringbom’s Shield and Spear finds post-Apartheid South Africa brimming with art, music and activism despite widespread disappointment with those leading its government.”

Design Matters Podcast
Debbie Millman. Oct 21, 2014
Debbie Millman talks to Petter Ringbom about his years at the creative agency Flat, and how he moved away from graphic design into filmmaking.

New York Post
Page Six Team. Aug 12, 2014
A hip Brooklyn crowd trekked to the Walter Reade Theater for the premiere of director Petter Ringbom’s “Shield and Spear.”

T Magazine Blog
Stephen Heyman. Apr 20, 2012
Why has it taken so long for someone to make a movie about musician John Forté? His life story certainly has the requisite sweep…

New York Times
Roberta Smith. Oct 27, 2011
Karl Haendel and Petter Ringbom: ‘Questions for My Father’. One of the genuine sleepers among Chelsea’s sleepy fall shows…