How to deal with crazy diamonds? How to stay crazy diamonds?
How does one become a good, creative and interesting filmmaker, in an era of abundant content? How does a filmmaker stay relevant and innovative, avoiding mainstream production? How does (s)he become a “crazy diamond”?
What happens when the filmmaker and music artist(s) clash? What is it like to work alongside a “crazy diamond”?
The Panel Discussion will be revolving around the opportunities and the challenges presented to a filmmaker, in the process of creating a music documentary. Following our festival’s theme “Shine On You, Crazy Diamonds!”, we would also like to raise awareness of the artists that suffer from mental, psychological and behavioral disorders and conditions, and explore questions, and how would a filmmaker tackle such matters.
Our Panel will consist of four filmmakers, both Dutch and international, and a moderator. The discussion will be held in English.
Born in 1966, he studied film at the Art Academy in Breda, the Netherlands. He has made several documentary films, including one about funk musician Sly Stone (Let Me Have It All, 1993) and one about black pop stars (Can’t U Hear Me Singin’, 1997). He has worked as a freelance director for VPRO, doing specials on Keith Caputo (Life of Agony), Kevin Coyne, Super Furry Animals, Motorpsycho and Jazz legend Hank Jones, among other, for the channel’s music series, Loladamusica.
He was nominated for Best Documentary at the Brooklyn International Film Festival in 2003, meeting international recognition, and he won a Gouden Kalf at the Netherlands Film Festival for his docu, ASH Worldwide Suicide (2002). In Based on a True Story (2005), he returns to the real story behind Sidney Lumet’s film Dog Day Afternoon. It won the Grand Jury Award at the International Film Festival in Seattle in 2005, received more nominations and it was officially selected at the Berlinale and Tribeca, New York. Beautiful Beaufort-Wes (2006) is a portrait of a South African Village with the music and poems of Gert Vlok Nel. It was nominated for a Gouden Kalf for Best Camera and Director, and won the award for Best Documentary at the Dutch TV Awards, de Gouden Beeld. In 2016, he did a documentary special for VPRO TV on Dutch/Surinamese artist Kenny B.
Born in Murcia (Spain) in 1979, she has a degree in Fine Arts. In 2004, she moved to Barcelona, where she started a career as international music video director and producer. In 2017, she premiered her first feature length music documentary Casamance, which was filmed in Senegal and received recognition in festivals, such as the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, and IFFR, and was broadcasted on Al Jazeera. In 2018, she released Peret, Yo Soy La Rumba, her second feature documentary that came to life after a three-year immersion in the family of the musician Peret, and the community of Catalan gypsies in Barcelona. La Singla, Dancing in Silence will be her third feature. Since 2005, she has been the founder of the independent production house La Fabrica Naranja.
About La Fabrica Naranja
With an eclectic trajectory in the fields of cinema, advertising and television, La Fabrica Naranja specializes in the production of music videos, but also independent and creative music documentary films. Our goal is to explore new ways of telling original stories, and connect with diverse audiences and society in general.
Born in 1956, Don Letts is a British film director, DJ and musician. His reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a DJ at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that made his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’ with Sex Pistols, The Clash and many others. This led to a period of directing over 300 music videos for an diverse mix of artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley. In 1984, Letts co-founded the band Big Audio Dynamite with Clash guitarist Mick Jones, acting as the group’s sampler and videographer before departing the band in 1990.
He then moved into documentary work making films on the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, The Clash and George Clinton. His most recent documentary was for Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘New’ project. Feature films include the legendary Jamaican movie 1997’s ‘Danchall Queen’. Along with his autobiography ‘Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers’ released in 2007 Don was also the subject of the documentary film ‘Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread’ in 2010.
He currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music called ‘Culture Clash Radio’ and still DJs nationally and internationally.
LINDE VAN SCHUPPEN
Linde van Schuppen studied philosophy and is currently pursuing a PhD on language and psychopathology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. In addition to her academic endeavours, she teaches, gives talks and is a moderator at all kinds of events. In her free time, Linde is a music and film devotee with a special interest in the workings of the creative mind.’
During the festival she will act as moderator and presenter.