Marina del Rey resident Kersten Kretzschmar passed away October 15th. He was 46.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany to Georg Kretzschmar and Petra Aschenbrenner, Kretzschmar grew up in Dusseldorf, Germany, where he would follow in his father’s footsteps, earning a master’s degree in baking in addition to studying at the London Film Institute and being recognized as a gifted fine artist.

In 1988 he relocated to California, where he displayed his gourmet baking talents on the Westside area of Los Angeles, while concurrently pursuing his lifelong interest and aptitude in filmmaking.

He had since collaborated on a variety of documentaries, feature films, and TV shows including “The Reba Show” and “Surviving Suburbia.” Kretzschmar also worked on the adaptation of the works of artist Joseph Beuys and translation of his father’s published work, “On the Nature of Bread.” These collaborations keenly showcased his varied artistic talents in directing, art direction, production design, set lighting and fine art.

He was preceded in death by his mother Petra. Kretzschmar is survived by his father Georg Kretzschmar; half brother Christian Rudolf and his wife Desiree Kretzschmar; stepson Christopher Kociban and stepdaughter Nichole Carr.