A documentary by Barbara den Uyl
Jaap Pieters passionately takes photographs and films, mainly on Super8, of the world around him: vagabonds, drunkards, striking incidence of light, the beauty of decay.
In this way he has built up an oeuvre that is appreciated by a small group of film lovers all over the world.
In his house, he keeps thousands of negatives and films that have never been developed due to chronic lack of money.
He also collects anything in which he sees a glimmer, such as bags of sugar from restaurants where he once had ice cream with his parents, books, records, CDs, vases, glasses, be they broken or not.
His girlfriend, with whom he has tried in vain to live together for 26 years, comes to helping create some order in the chaos.
With his favourite uncle, the poet H.H. ter Balkt, he reminisces. ‘Two autists together’, but above all Jaap continues to film: now elderly men with whom he feels some bond.
Scenario directing editing: Barbara den Uyl
Editing advice: Jan Ketelaars
Camera grading: Peter Brugman n.s.c.
Sound: Otto Horsch
Sound editing: Jac Vleeshouwers
Sound mixing: Alex Booy
Translation: Martin Cleaver
Producer: Leen van den Berg
With grateful thanks to JAAP PIETERS
With thanks to
H.H. ter Balkt Willemien Gorselink-ter Balkt Ruth Rienstra Katrina Jeffrey Hilary
Guy Edmonds Bert Pieters Gillis Kersting
Inge Meijer Wilma Kuijvenhoven Nicolette van der Post Carla Laan
EYE Film Institute NTR Fotolab Nivo-Schweitzer Open Studio Cumulus De As
Photographs and films Jaap Pieters
Clear views Natty dread Raised by the wind Jimmy’s ballet Windes bliss
Tears from daddy’s suit From old man & the things that stay (work in progress)
Silvergrey waves on the land OR the white sea (with thanx to TGR)
Music Warner van Es
Roll me over lift me up piano 16 candles piano
The Netherlands Film Fund
The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
The VSB Fund
The Prince Bernhard Culture Fund
Distribution Mokum Film
Broadcasting AT5 RTV-NH
© Van der Hoop Film Productions 2015