2016 – Behind a green screen, a foreigner finds his way in an enchanting – and yet turbulent – Brazil. Where the streets are a stage for politics, art and affection, a gringo can only watch. The result is a mixtape-portrait of modern day Brazil seen through the eyes of the visitor.
“For its rich, witty and affirmative portrayal of humanity and solidarity on the streets of a turbulent city, the Grand Prize of the Lab Competition goes to Green Screen Gringo by Douwe Dijkstra.”
Lab Competition jury at the 39th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2017: Nine Antico, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, Rosie Pedlow
“The director proposes an ever-changing reality. Dijkstra films like someone who is learning, he shows us a Brazil that resists institutional narratives. With grace and intelligence, he reveals to as the incongruities of truth. In the end, he finds out that the strangest thing is that everything is normal.”
Text from the Indie Lisboa catalogue 2017 (G.M.)
“The filmmaker’s position as tourist in a complicated political landscape shows great honesty as it highlights themes of displacement, resistance, inequality and echoes of colonialism. The innovative use of the green screen playfully and astutely communicates the grand narrative of Brasil’s turbulent recent events whilst highlighting the persistence of its complex history.”
International jury Glasgow Short Film Festival
Green Screen Gringo won The Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film at the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2017
“With the smart use of a simple technique, Douwe Dijkstra opens the frontier of the Brazilian society. He shakes up the castes and history, and creates a poetic equality of people.(…)”
International jury Vilnius International Short Film Festival: Santa Lingevičiūtė, Torunn Nyen, Clément Tréhin-Lalanne
Green Screen Gringo won the award for best documentary at the 11th Vilnius International Short Film Festival 2017
“(…)Reality is presented in a new way before our eyes. A green screen opens up through the crowd to reveal the contrasts of a country that is going through political upheaval, but never loses its passion for music, art and pace of life. A chroma transported by hand is used to allow us to dominate at least a piece of reality. The result is a reflection that is as bold and committed to Brazilian society as a protest song to the rhythm of samba.”
Synopsis by Punto De Vista, Green Screen Gringo is part of the 11th Punto De Vista International Documentary Film Festival in March 2017
This film was shot during my two month residency at LABMIS in São Paulo.
Green Screen Gringo is distributed by SomeShorts
Contact: Wouter Jansen – firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 – Voor Film (English title: Supporting Film) is a short film about film.
From the perspectives of a dozen diverse viewers, this 12 minute documentary short explores the peculiar ritual of watching film. How is the medium experienced by people with sensory impairments, strong religious beliefs, or lovesickness? A story about moving images and their audience.
“Watch out, directors: don’t take the audience for fools, even if they expect very different things from a visit to the cinema. The sound of a thrush in the tidelands can spoil the film for an ornithologist; the line “dramatic music” may do the same to a hearing-impaired viewer. In his animadoc film Douwe Dijkstra culls the essence from conversations with the audience and translates it into absurd and playful visual worlds that ironically re-create the cosmos of cinema. The perfect supporting film.”
Lars Meyer, DokLeipzig selection committee 2015
“One of the rarest Films about films, which is not a mere inside joke for filmmakers, but a truly unique, relevant and funny view on the way we, viewers, watch films nowadays.”
International jury Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival: Ilona Bicevska, Dato Janelidze, Ivan Pavljutškov
Voor Film won the Best Short Award of the international competition at Sleepwalkers 2015
“A playful film that uses an impressive mix of techniques to convey the joyful feeling of watching movies.”
International shorts jury DokuFest: Laurence Reymond, Gunhild Enger, Diana Nenadić
Voor Film was awarded a special mention in the international shorts competition of DokuFest 2015
“Voor Film is more delightfully educational and much more aesthetic than most classroom experiences, and yet is in itself a creative work. It is perhaps one of the best arguments for letting artists teach art that I can think of.”
Deborah Griggs on Berlin Film Journal
“Be it communal or solitary, the personal experience of watching films is scrutinized by spectators of all ages, whose recorded testimonies become in Dijkstra’s illustrative, animating hands, individual worlds of artisanal wonder and childlike exuberance.”
Andrei Tănăsescu, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival 2016
Voor Film is distributed by Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen
Contact: Teun van Laake – email@example.com
Voor Film premiered during the Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen in 2015. The film premiered online at Short of the Week in 2017.
Producer: Bart Jansen
Music and sounddesign: Rob Peters
Graphic design: Bas Koopmans
Co-producer and distributor: Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen
Subtitles by: Annemarie van Limpt
2014 – War is waged on the kitchen table while a man drinks coffee. The world’s on fire. Helicopters shred his newspaper, a drone fires at a plate of broccoli. Démontable is a playful film on the absurd relationship between daily life and global news.
Démontable had it’s premiere during the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam. Among other festivals, it was selected for the international competition of the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand in 2015. Démontable also exists as a 3-channel video installation.
„a film that has a striking ability of colliding the distance between private and political reality.”
International jury, Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2015: Sergio Fant, Maike Mia Höhne, John Smith, Mika Taanila. Démontable won the Norman Award at the Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2015
„a film that’s a technical marvel, combining live action, pixilation, CGI and stop-motion animation, painstakingly composited together into a messy, playful, angry and joyous assault on war and how it’s presented to us as we eat breakfast.”
International jury, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2015: Cherien Dabis, Chris Landreth, Javier Rebollo, Antonio Rodrigues, Tan Chui Mui. Démontable was awarded a Special Mention in the international competition
„It is admirable that Douwe Dijkstra creates a powerful and balanced film while flouting the conventions of traditional filmmaking.”
Dutch Film Festival 2014 jury for the Golden Calf competition, September 2014. Démontable was nominated for the Golden Calf for best short film
„Without the use of conventional narratives, the filmmaker presented us a mind-blowing bombardment of visual ideas, a critical yet humoristic view on warfare and above all a revolutionary approach on storytelling.”
Go Short Festival 2014 jury for the Dutch competition. April 12th, 2014. Démontable was awarded a Special Mention for the VEVAM Go Short Award for best Dutch short film
„By reducing the human body, Démontable by Douwe Dijkstra, creates a new imaginary space and gives sharp social comment on the contemporary society.“
International jury, Videomedeja, Serbia: Mikko Mällinen, Goran Skofic, Goran Gocic, November 2nd, 2014. Démontable received an honorable mention at the 18th International Video Festival Videomedeja
„12 loaded minutes of thought provoking, surprising and entertaining filmmaking.”
Sven Schwarz , Managing Director at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival / Curator at A Wall is a Screen, Germany on shorts.cineuropa.org
2013 – Démontable is a 3-channel video installation, accompanied by a 4th corresponding video titled ‘Vent’. From this installation originated the single channel short film Démontable.
The installation was first shown at the exhibition DoorDouwe in the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle that took place between the 3rd of November 2013 and January 26th 2014. After this presentation it was shown during Cross Art at Erarta in Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 2014, curated by Impakt. It was also presented as part of the installation program of the 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2014 in Berwick Upon Tweed, United Kingdom, September 2014 and was part of the exhibition ‘Show Me The News’ in Museum Hilversum in 2015.
2013 – The Beeldbuis Film Festival was a cinema event with a competition for independent short films. For the 2013 edition I created the trailer, leader and bumper videos. A series of films that can also be considered a prelude to the non-commissioned work I made for my solo exhibition DoorDouwe called Démontable.
2009 – In collaboration with Festina Lente Collective I created a music video for the song Beguine by de Kift, a Dutch theatrical punk band from Koog aan de Zaan. I directed and post produced the video. Beguine is a song from the album Hoofdkaas (2008).
Beguine was screened at the Dance on Camera Festival (nomination Jury Prize/Short Film Category), the Brooklyn Film Festival, the Mexico Film Festival (Golden Palm Award), the Holland Animation Festival (special mention), the Blue Plum Animation Festival (Best of Show Award) the Stockholm International Film Festival, the Cinedans Festival and the Netherlands Film Festival.
“There’s no dance in “Beguine”, yet I loved it. A man who has been having a good time is suddenly tipped, as if by an earthquake, into a vast red lake, on whose floor he quickly arrives. He keeps on falling. (…) The tone is almost casual, and the story is accompanied by an insidious song whose words make clear that its teller is carrying on life as usual, while deep down he weeps. No dancegoer needs to see this film, but many people will find it heart-catching.”
Alastair Macaulay – THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 28, 2010
“A totally delightful rendering of an outlandish and logical extension of unrequited love danced out to its conclusion.”
DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL Jury, comprised of Terry Fox, Arthur Aviles and Zsoka Nej, March 11, 2010
Beguine was created with support of the Dutch TAX videoclipfonds.
2012 – In March 2012 I followed the Dutch band de Kift to France to create a series of photo collages, constructed using close-up video shots. They create a visual portrait of de Kift that serves as the background for there new website that shows the bands work, both old and new, all within a live atmosphere. In the process I used the same close-up footage to create a short film called ‘De Kift Up Close’.
We had to say goodbye to the old website we did for de Kift. What is left is an explanation of it’s functionality by the band itself that can be found here.
2006 – Backpacking is a series of works I created during my artist in residency at Hangar in Barcelona in 2006. Short films with huge backpacks as a shared feature. The coinciding behind-the-scenes film ‘One Day In Barcelona’ sees more than just the studio, showing a whole day from start to finish.
Among other presentations the Backpacking films were shown in the Cobra Museum of Modern Art Amstelveen as part of the 2006 exhibition Play! The Art of the Game. An exhibition about the parallels between the areas of visual art and play.
2016 – No More Masterpieces is a collaboration between Ensemble Intercontemporain and 33⅓ Collective* inspired by the manifest ‘Le Théâtre et son double’ by Antonin Artaud.
The project consists of a live performance of Concerto “Séraphin” by Wolfgang Rihm, enhanced by video projections made by Jules van Hulst and me as 33 1/3 Collective projected on a kinetic screen made by Thierry van Raaij.
2011 – 33⅓ Collective* was invited by Voi-Z Festival to create an experimental opera based on the classic Bluebeard story. The resulting ‘Bluebeard’ production premiered at the Voi-Z Festival in 2011 and was highly acclaimed by both public and press.
Bluebeard is a theatre piece that primarily uses music, film, animation and video mapping to tell it’s story. It shifts the classical theatre conventions, transforming characters into circumstances and telling the Bluebeard story from the other side of the wall. The resultant atmosphere is that of experiencing the inside of the chambers whilst witnessing a fatal destiny.
“Three-dimensionality is convincingly evoked, and the performers vividly interact with the images — seeming, in one chilling sequence, to sweep up bodies. (…) at its strongest it peers at the world closely and strangely. Early on there is footage of a key being slowly inserted into an arm. That grotesque, riveting image sums up in an instant the potent mixture of violence and mystery at the heart of the Bluebeard story.”
Zachary Woolfe – THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 12th 2013
“Images flicker and merge across a swiveling white cube and the floor with a sophistication that makes the video projections in conventional opera and theatre productions seem like your granddad’s home movies.”
Richard Morrison, THE TIMES, November 2012
“Video has infiltrated mainstream opera houses, too, but in Bluebeard, three young artists with a white box have unstoppered a stream of 3-D illusions that the Metropolitan Opera should really be coveting.”
Justin Davidson – NEW YORK MAGAZINE, January 20th 2013
“This montage of startlingly three-dimensional images, projected on a large revolving cube and the floor, creepily evoked the journey of Bluebeard’s wife through the many forbidden doors of his castle. (…) combines beauty with intense misogyny.”
Heidi Waleson, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, January 15th 2013
2012 – Skeylja is an international artist-in-residence programme focussed around meetings between Dutch, Frisian, Icelandic and English musicians and the visual artists of 33⅓ Collective*.
In March 2012 eleven artists went to Iceland for a week and then brought the recorded material to the Oerol Festival on the Dutch island Terschelling. In the resulting Skeylja show a dialogue takes place through improvisation sessions in which collective audio and visual landscapes arise.
“Skeylja is magically exciting and enchantingly beautiful.”
JanPaulus van der Meulen and Peter Dijkstra – 3voor12 26th of June
2011 – Seeljocht (Frisian for sea light) is a research by like-minded musicians and the visual artists of 33⅓ Collective* on the island Vlieland. Focussing on their own interpretation and artistic translation of it. A one week working period on the island by all the artists involved let to a one hour live show that is a soundtrack of the sound of nature, both supported and empowered by Vlielands imagery. Mostly, Seeljocht is a warm ode, in which Vlieland’s nature plays a leading role.
Seeljocht was the 2011 artist in residence project of music festival ‘Into the Great Wide Open‘ and was also performed at ‘Explore the North‘ festival in Leeuwarden and ‘Le Guess Who‘ festival in Utrecht.