Pieter-Rim de Kroon
Pieter-Rim de Kroon
MY LIFE STORY

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Pieter-Rim de Kroon is a highly acclaimed director/producer of distinguished feature documentaries, educational & corporate image films for premium brands. Over the years Pieter-Rim’s films received over 140 international awards including numerous festival Grand Prix’s.

Pieter-Rim de Kroon (1955) graduated from the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam in 1981 as film director and cameraman. Five years as cameraman/director for Polygoon Cinema Newsreel delivered a wide range of international experience and some 250 short 35mm films. He worked on productions for the Dutch Government Information Service, made documentaries on development cooperation in East Asia, Africa and the Caribbean; and attended seminars at the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, and the British Kinematographic Sound and Television Society.

In 1986 he joined leading Dutch production outfit Toonder Studios where he directs international commercials, documentaries, corporate and shorts. From 1992 to 1995 he was creative director of the live action film department. 1995 he started his own production company: De Kroon, Wissenraet & Ass. focusing on prestigious corporate films and environmental topics, branded films for premium liquor brands and cultural documentaries, mostly 35mm. Output was extensive. Co-founder of Windmill Film 2010.

In 2015 Pieter-Rim founded Dutch Light Films and went back to basics – creating and directing exceptional film projects.

Over the years de Kroon mastered many complex shooting techniques. In the words of even his critics his films have strong visual impact; they owe much to his expert visual approach: magic of cinema, attention for detail, art direction, camera choreography, and original use of soundtrack are just some of his tools. Recently Pieter-Rim was involved in the restoration and long term conservation on analogue film of historical film footage for a major Dutch organisation.

His film “Dancinʼ The Camera“ was recently released at Cinedance Festival 2016. He is currently preparing a feature length documentary “Travelogue Man”, the incredible story of American Icon Burton Holmes, a short film inspired on the work of The Dutch painter George Breitner, filmed on a vintage motion picture camera and lenses. His latest film The Iconic Cocktail, is about the myths and truths of The Martini.

TIMELINE
2017
36 VIEWS REVISITED

To be released, ‘Waiting for the Eruption’, 36 Views Revisited. A radical observation on the relation between man & nature. A slow film without any narrative, dialogue or voice over.

2016
COMING SOON IN 2091

Feature length documentary about the past, present and future of the family owned Nolet Distillery In Schiedam, Holland. The film is transferred to 35mm analogue motion picture negative and placed in a controlled freezing system for extreme long-term conservation. In the year 2091 the film will be de-frozen and released for an audience on behalf of the 400 year anniversary of the Nolet Distillery. >>

2016
THE ICONIC COCKTAIL

Documentary dedicated to the iconic cocktail of all time, The Martini.
A DAY IN A LIFE Slow film shot on board of the ‘Hi No De’ in the Suruga Bay, Japan. >>

2016
A DAY IN A LIFE

Slow film shot on board of the ‘Hi No De’ in the Suruga Bay, Japan. >>

2015
TRAVELOGUE MAN

Research & development. Documentary about American legend, traveler and photographer Burton Holmes. >>

2015
DANCING THE CAMERA

A love story about a Tap dancer, a Piano player and a 1922 hand cranked motion picture camera. Filmed on 35mm motion picture film.
Released at Cinedance 2015, Netherlands Film Festival and NTR. >>

2015
UNDER THE APPLE TREE

Co-producer (Dutch Light Films) of this wonderful stop-motion Golden Calf winner, Netherlands Film Festival.
Play Movie

2014
LAS VEGAS

Shooting in London, New York, San Franciso, Las Vegas, Bodega Bay CA and Laguna Niguel for The Nolet Chronicles. A ‘secret’ project.
Another trip to Japan for 36 Views.

2013
36 VIEWS

Research & development for 36 Views, traveling to Japan for, ‘lost in translation’, location scouting, mapping Mount Fuji highest volcano, symbol of ‘eternal beauty’, in Japan. >>

2012
V.I.S.S.E.N / F.I.S.H.I.N.G

‘Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.’ F.I.S.H.I.N.G is dedicated to what may well be the most remarkable national sport in the Netherlands. Is fishing a passion, perhaps an instinct? A subconscious longing for unpredictable nature? Two parallel worlds, carefully separated by the water surface. F.I.S.H.I.N.G is a cinematic quest for the primitive fishing instinct in mankind. Teledoc. 90 min. Avro Television. Cinema release. Netherlands Film Festival. >>

2011
MY OLD HAND CRANK CAMERA

Short film about my 35mm 1922 Parvo Debrie hand cranked movie camera. Netherlands Film Festival. >>

2010
HIMALAYA

After 30 years non stop shooting, editing, writing and directing films. Time for a sabbatical. Himalaya India, Suriname & USA. Back to basics.

2010
A TIMELESS MYSTERY

short drama with female lead Thekla Reuten receives the Festival Grand Prix as well as a Black Dolphin for best director at Cannes Film & TV Awards amoon another 15 international prices.
Co-founded Windmill Film, production company for documentaries for Cinema & Television. >>

2009
SPIRAL GALAXY

Camera work and co-producer. Documentary about the way Dutch scientists mapped the Milky Way solar system. Holland Doc. Science Film Festival, Portugese TV.

2009
VISION ON RAIN

Appeared in a short film about my vision on the historical documentary RAIN by Joris Ivens and how it was made, in a short film by on behalf of the Dutch Film Canon
Play Movie

2007
A TIMELESS MYSTERY

A short ‘international’ film based on an intriguing and mysterious story. Short dramatised scenes and ‘flashbacks’ suggest in an associative, convincing manner that Nolet’s Gin is the most special, unique gin in the world. The progression of time plays a critically important role in the film. The time that is required to achieve sublime quality. The time that creates memories, talent, and experiences. The time that develops, creates and makes history. >>

2006
THE OLD WINDMILL SHOP

Short drama about a magical old shop that sells miniature windmills. When the owner goes home at night strange things happen. >>

2005
INSIDE OUT

Corporate film for Akzo Nobel shot in China, Switserland and The Caribean.
Best of Festival, The Grand Prix at Le Creusot International Festival – France

2004
OUR WORLD

Corporate film for Organon Pharmaceutical.
Shot in a 3D CGI virtual world

2003
DUTCH LIGHT

Feature documentary about the special quality of the light in Holland which was discovered and celebrated in art. Without it, the work of artists like Johannes Vermeer, Philips Koninck and Jan van Goyen would not have been the same. Nor would that of more recent artists such as Mondriaan or The Hague School, or even painters working today. According to the German artist this famous light does not exist anymore because of the land reclamation in The Netherlands.
AVRO Television Release worldwide in 16 countries. Dutch Light run for 58 weeks non stop in Dutch cinemas
Golden Calf for Best long documentary. Netherlands Film Festival
Best Director of Photography ‘Festival Di Palazzo Venetië Italy
European Film Festival Brussels – Belgium Audience Award’
Dutch Academy Award, best broadcasted documentary in the category ‘Art & Culture’ >>

2003
THE ULTIMATE COCKTAIL GUIDE

Serie of short educational video’s and recipes for the USA market about the art of cocktail mixology presented by mixologist Seth Martin and wine author Anthony Dias-Blue.

2002
THE SECRET OF KETEL ONE

Another film for the best Vodka west of the Wolga.

2001
DE KADE

Short educational film about watermanagement.
SAM Festival Netherlands Gold Award

2000
GENERATIONS

Short drama about 10 generations of the Nolet Family creators of a unique hand made vodka. Winner of many, many international awards.

1999
DOWN UNDER

Film about the soil we live on and from.

1998
HOLLAND POINT OF VIEW

Promotional documentary about The Netherlands
Released in 21 countries on television 220 miljon viewers worldwide
Received 18 awards on International Film Festivals

1997
ON THE ROAD

Road movie trough the Dutch Delta to commemorate 200 years Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management. Tros televison.

1996
WHEN READING A BOOK

Short movie for Dutch distributor Central Bookhouse, shown at the Leipsiger Buchmesse
SAM Festival The Netherlands, First Price
VAP Producers Award

1996
ZORG VOOR ELKAAR

Documentary Red Cross
RTL4 Televison
ICC Festival Biarritz, Best of Festival

1995
SOIL VALUE

Industrial documentary about environmental technology & soil management.

1994
SAMEN

Documentary Rabo bank

1994
VERANDERING

Corporate film ING Bank

1993
MINDER BETER

Energy awareness program Novem Vrom
VAP producers award

1992
THE WORLD BEHIND OUR BUSSINESS CARD

ABN AMRO bank. Corporate film.

1992
‘1992’

Soap serie for Vara television about the future of Europe

1992
PORTRAITS

Corporate movie for Agfa Gevaert world wide.
Shot in Japan, USA, France, Germany, Brasil, Belgium and Morocco
Shitload of awards and legendary shooting adventures.

1991
CONTRAST

Branded film for IBM about people and communication.
A composer, a deaf girl, two dancers and a professor in the theology in Egypt.
All story lines come together in a dramatic climax
Grand Prix, European Festival of Corporate Image Biarritz France

1990
KEEP ON RUNNING

Corporate film for SKF World leader in rolling bearings.

1990
DUURZAAM LAND

Documentary Ministry of Agriculture The Netherlands.

1990
THE KETEL ONE STORY

First film about the creation of nowadays world famous Ketel One Vodka.

1989
CADANS

150 years Dutch Rail Roads
Ton of international awards. Veronica TV
Grand Prix European Festival of Corporate Image Biarritz France

1988
ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Ministry of Housing & Environment TNO Research
Tv Spain, Belgium, Germany China
Magna Cum Laude Excellent photography
International Scientific Film Festival, Shanghai China

1997
TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT

TNO Research Ministry of Education NOTA

1985
TOONDER STUDIOS

Starting as cameraman and director and later, creative director, at the famous film production company Toonder Studio’s shooting my environmental film DON’T PLAY THE OSTRICH and receiving my first award in New York.

1984
UP IN SMOKE

Shooting a series in Jamaica. Ganja, Red Stripe Beer and Jerk Chicken.
Legendary smokey concert of the original Skattalites in Zinc Fence, Kingstown.

1982
AROUND THE WORLD IN 365 DAYS

Shooting about 50 items a year on 35mm film with my own Arriflex 2C camera for Polygoon Cinema Newsreel. Among them a mini-doc of Dutch Singer Fay Lovski in gorgeous Agfa Gevaert Black & White.

1981
THE DUTCH AND THEIR QUEEN

Finished Film academy and traveling around the world with former Queen Beatrix as staring cameraman.
Documentary USA (NBC) China, France

1977
FILM ACADEMY

Camera & Documentary

1976
SPECIAL FORCES

Served my country at God’s own corps, Korps Commando Troepen Netherlands.

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