Rainer Komers was born in 1944 in Guben. He studied film at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and photography at Essen University. He has worked as director and cinematographer in Alaska, Ecuador, France, India, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Yemen. His films were broadcast by 3sat, Arte, HR, NDR, PBS, WDR, ZDF. He lives and works in Berlin and Mülheim an der Ruhr, and lectures in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Münster and Vienna. His film NOME ROAD SYSTEM won the Best International Short Film Prize at Planet in Focus, Toronto, in 2004 and the German Short Film Award 2005. The third part of his THE AMERICAN WEST TRILOGY, entitled BARSTOW, CALIFORNIA will have its world premiere at Visions du Réel 2018.