Wolfgang Lehmann was born in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany in 1967. Active in the film club there, Wolfgang Lehmann wrote film critiques and began working for the municipal cinema Freiburg, a post he held till until 2005. As member of the board and executive chairman of the consortium of the municipal cinema Freiburg, he developed and organised several retrospectives and programmes. He focused on presenting works of the film- and video avant-garde from its beginnings until today. For this purpose he organised programmes in collaboration with archives, distributors and collections from various European countries and the USA. Some of these programmes were shown at selected Art Cinemas throughout Germany as well as Switzerland. His main contributions have been to unearth little known or forgotten films, as well as explore areas such as “expanded cinema” and multi media works.
Wolfgang Lehmann has also displayed interest in the notion of live film performance in terms of a type of staged activity. Concluding his work in Freiburg was the organisation of the Festival Film Forum Freiburg: Expanded Cinema & avant-garde in 2004. Wolfgang Lehmann also curated a Programme of avant-garde film of the 1920s and 1930s at the Back Up Festival 2004 in Weimar.