Jürgen Vsych made her first film at age 5. It was shot on Super-8 and edited with her father’s toenail clippers. Jürgen’s films have screened at 42 film festivals in 29 countries. Pay Your Rent, Beethoven, her 27th featurette, was made in Glasgow, won the Princes Trust Award, and was distributed in the U.S. and Canada, paired with Persuasion. Her short $on for Sail aired on Britain's Channel Four and on America's PBS. She wrote and directed the cult feature comedy Ophelia Learns to Swim. Her first novel, Captain Death, is AVAILABLE HERE.
Jürgen is the author of The Wroughten Director, the first autobiography of an American female film director. She also wrote, directed, produced and starred in 38 plays and 110 one-act plays. She has written a feature-length screenplay of Captain Death and Pay Your Rent, Beethoven, as well as ten other features, specializing in historical adventure-dramadies. She lives on the schooner Captain Deathe, sailing the Seven Seas and the Hudson, Mississippi, Potomac, and Delaware.
Jürgen graduated high school at 15 and apprenticed as a director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Vic, BBC-Scotland, The Old Globe, and Scottish Opera with Sir Jonathan Miller.
Jürgen financed her early films by working as a professional bagpiper, performing for military funerals, weddings, and busking around the world. She also plays guitar, tenor sax, tuba, cello, and harpsichord, and her films are known for their eclectic original soundtracks (see The Lady Piper for a history of Jürgen’s piping).
Jürgen makes her films for “intelligent teenagers - impressionable young people who are in danger of tuning into mindless cogs in the system. They’re still questioning authority, daring, willing to take risks. I hope I corrupt the youth of the world and keep them thinking.”
Jürgen’s favorite directors are John Huston, David Lean, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, George Cukor, Michael Powell, Buster Keaton, Michael Curtiz, Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stanley Kramer. Favorite films include Tunes of Glory, Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai, Master and Commander, The Third Man, The Snake Pit, Ridicule, La Grande Illusion, The Thin Man, Duck Soup, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Moby Dick, My Man Godfrey, Glory, The Chosen, Cold Comfort Farm, Jaws, The Right Stuff, Seven Samurai, Mad Wednesday, The Maltese Falcon, Shallow Hal, The Insider, All That Jazz, Zorro the Gay Blade, and Casablanca.