Adele Schmidt was born in Bonn, Germany. She received a Master’s Degree in Political Science and German and Spanish Philology from the Friedrich-Wilhelms University at Bonn in 1988. Since 1987, Adele has worked as a journalist in both Bonn and Berlin. In 1990, she relocated to Mexico City to pursue her career as a journalist and begin her study of filmmaking at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC).
Adele Schmidt has been making documentaries since 1992, the most outstanding being Juana’s Journey (El Viaje De Juana), which was nominated for an Ariel Award in Mexico for Best Short Documentary of 1997. Adele’s works have been chosen to participate in numerous national and international film festivals. Since 1997, she has worked as a professor of Documentary Filmmaking and Scriptwriting at the CCC. In 2000, Adele completed the filming of her documentary, Land of Mennonites which received the distinguished José Rovirosa Award from the University of Mexico City (UNAM). In 2001, she relocated to the United States and worked as producer and editor for Journey Films in Alexandria, VA.
In 2008 she founded her own production company, Zeitgeist Media LLC. With Zeitgeist Media, she has produced and directed the documentary series on progressive rock Romantic Warriors—A Progressive Music Saga, released in 2012. Since 2009 Adele Schmidt has been an adjunct professorial lecturer for film and video production at American University in Washington DC.