Thomas Halaczinsky is a German/American documentary film director, writer, and photographer who was born in Germany and has been residing in New York City since 1991.
His work often focuses on the relationship between people and places.
For more than 20 years he documented how Margot Friedlander - who as a young Jewish woman survived Nazi Germany in hiding - at the age of 82 started to face her own story, beginning in a memoir writing class at the 92Y in New York. His film “Don’t call it Heimweh” (2004) was based on Margot’s writing and her first journey back to Berlin 57 years after she had left Germany. The film opened the Jewish Film Festival in Berlin, 2005. He followed up with "Late Return", 2010 and "Arrived - Margot Friedlaender, Berlin", 2021.
In 1996 he won an ACE award for his contribution to the EMMY-awarded film "Calling the Ghost."
“Archipelago New York” his photographic and literary logbook of a 3000 nautical mile expedition into the island world of New York by sailboat was published by Schiffer Books, 2018. The photographic series featured in the book received an honorable mention at the Tokyo International Photo Award 2016. His series "Facing the Sea" was nominated in the category "seascapes" by the Fine Arts Photography Awards 2018-19 in the competition Photographer of the year.
Loosely based on his book he wrote and directed a three-part documentary series for ZDF/Arte (national German TV in co-production with European Network Arte), produced by Florianfilm, Cologne Germany.
Thomas has also extensively produced and directed content for brand- and product communication for companies like Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, Ferrari, Rolex, and others.