Sherman De Jesus
Director, Writer and Producer
Sherman De Jesus made widely acclaimed films such as A Shtetl in the Caribbean, The Zero Revolution, God’s Own Parish, Jan Schoonhoven – Official 18977, Everything Must Change – Piet Zwart, Alles Is Licht – Jan Henderikse, Long Live The Brown Monster and The Indian Bore a Negro. He produced award-winning films such as Boy Ecury by Frans Weisz, Watch Me, Carnotstraat 17 and Lost Down Memory Lane of Klara Van Es and Souls of Naples, by Vincent Monnikendam.
He attended Film Business School (Madrid) under the direction of Jonathan Olsberg, the Master Classes Directing istván Szabó and Judith Weston Acting Studio (Acting for Directors), Binger Film Institute, Story, scriptwriting class seminar by Robert McKee, (Paris.) Sherman De Jesus is a founding member of the Dutch Academy for Film, he was at the cradle of the Dutch Film Festival and was a member of the Dutch Oscar Committee 2012.
Cécile van Eijk
Cécile van Eijk (1960) studied andragogical sciences with specializations in adult education and mass communication. Maurits Binger Film Institute training international film producers: COMPANY. Was a lecturer in audiovisual communication at the High School of Utrecht, chairman of the advisory committee for productions of the Municipality of Utrecht. Attended EDN workshop in Lisbon. Was a member of the Advisory Board of Filmhuis ‘t Hoogt, Utrecht.
In 1992 she founded Memphis Film & Television, with director Sherman De Jesus. She developed documentaries such as Caught on Java with Gerard Thoolen and Poncke Princen. Souls of Naples by Vincent Monnikendam was selected for more than 30 international film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival New York, Visions du Réel, Thessaloniki Doc. Festival. The film received the following Awards: Most innovative Documentary, Shanghai Television Festival, Best Documentary Int. Doc. Film Festival “Contact”, Kiev. Crystal Film for the 10,000th visitor. The short film Schat was the Dutch Oscar entry. Lost in the Memory Palace by director Klara van Es, a co-production with Associate Directors (Belgium). In Belgium more than 20,000 visitors, the Netherlands almost 10,000 visitors.
Boy Ecury by writer Arthur Japin and director Frans Weisz. Golden Calf best music by Fons Merkies, FIPA D’OR 2004 de la meilleure musique originale, Columbine Award 2004: Best Feature Film Moondance International Film Festival, First jury prize, best foreign film, Eilat International Film Festival, 2005, Israel).
The latest documentaries are New Light – the Rijksmuseum and slavery (NTR) by Ida Does. De Wijde Wereld (KRO-NCRV) by Sherman De Jesus, Het Voorval – Armando en de mythe (NTR) by Sjors Swierstra and Roelof Jan Minneboo, Zie Mij Doen (KRO-NCRV) by Klara Van Es (winner best Belgian documentary Docville Leuven, 3 Awards of Recognition @ Impact Docs Awards & selection NFF 2018), The World According to Monsieur Khiar (NTR) by Sjors Swierstra (nomination Dutch Doc Awards IDFA 2015, nomination Best short documentary NFF 2016, nomination Best TV Documentary Prix Europe 2016, Documentarist Istanbul 2016, Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” Macedonia 2016), The Zero Revolution – Henk Peeters (Omroep Gelderland) by Sherman De Jesus (Dutch Film Festival 2015, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) and A Shtetl in the Caribbean (Jewish Broadcasting) by Sherman De Jesus (IFFR Curaçao 2015, Ischia Film Festival 2015, Saratov Sufferings Film Festival 2015, JCC New York).
In production Gebroken van Nan Rosens, God Schittert door Afwezigheid van Erik Fransman, the 7 part travel series Caribbean Enigma with Nina Jurna , directed by Martijn Blekendaal, coproduction with VPRO, and the documentaries Coyote’s Plek by Diego Gutiérrez and Met de Wayana’s op Stap by Mathijs Geijskes.
Memphis Film & Television/Memphis Features is affiliated with NBF, DDG and DAFF.
Director of Photography
Milton Kam’s work includes more than 20 feature films, as well as television credits, including Amazon Prime’s American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story and Netflix’s Roman Empire – Reign Of Blood. Milton’s most prolific collaboration is with director Simon Rumley, who directed Red White & Blue and Fashionista, among others. In addition to films in the US, Milton has also worked regularly in the UK. These productions include Simon Rumley’s The Living And The Dead, Crowhurst, Once Upon A Time In London; and David Rocksavage’s family drama Shadows In The Sun, starring screen legend Jean Simmons.
Milton’s favorite experience is Vanaja, a drama shot in India that won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale 2007 for director Rajnesh Domalpalli and a nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards 2008 for best cinematography.
Milton’s work in documentaries includes Sundaram Tagore’s Louis Kahn’s Tiger City about one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, and The Polygon examining the human toll of 30 years of soviet nuclear weapons tests in eastern Kazakhstan.
Education: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Graphic Design
Co-founder of – and editor at ‘Het Materiaal’ and ‘Het Spoor’
The Photograph, directed by Sherman de Jesus – Co-editor
The Long Season, directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich – Co-editor
De Claim, directed by Ditteke Mensink – Dankbare Maas, directed by Thom Verheul Tuan Papa, Directed by Annegriet Wietsma – Dennis Hopper, his decisive moment, directed by Thom Hofmann – Het Laatste Yugoslavische Elftal, directed by Vuc Janic – The International Singing Star, Leo Fuld, directed by Netty van Hoorn – Benno Premsela, directed by Carrie de Swaan – Herenleed, directed by Krijn Ter Braak – Het Grootste van het Grootste, directed by Ger Poppelaars
Awards and Nominations
- The Long Season, directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich – Award IDFA Dutch Documentary
- Dutch Approach, directed by René Roelofs – Gouden Beeld Award, 2001
- Gisela May, directed by Carrie de Swaan – Special Award Festival du Film d’ Art, Paris, 1998
- Kerst in Floradorp, directed by René Roelofs – Gouden Kalf, 1997
- Vergeten, directed by Ireen van Ditshuyzen – Nipkov prize 1995
- Soste’nuto, directed by Armand Perrenet – Gouden Kalf 1989
Caitlin Hulscher attended the Film Academy in Amsterdam from 1988 to 1991, in the direction of screenplay, direction and editing. She left the training prematurely with the 16mm film ‘Iris, a state of mind’ that was screened at the IFFR and purchased by Museum Arnhem.
In the 90s she developed as a video artist and her work was shown in galleries and museums and purchased by the Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum Arnhem and the Sanders Collection.
She has been working as a freelance editor since 2002. Productions in which she collaborated include: The Photograph (AVROTROS), Diva Fong Leng (AVROTROS), The Wide World (KRONCRV),The Pärt Feeling, The Zero Revolution (VPRO), Marte &Partners (AVROTROS).
Pianist-composer-arranger Randal Corsen (Curaçao, 1972) lived, studied, and worked as a professional musician and music teacher in the Netherlands for 23 years. He is the first Antillean musician ever to receive the prestigious Dutch Edison Award, and the first composer of an Opera (Katibu di Shon) sung completely in Papiamentu, the native language of Curaçao.
He worked with Tania Kross, Izaline Calister, Roy Hargrove, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Paquito D’ Rivera, Tineke Postma, Marzio Scholten and the Metropole Orkest among others, and performed as a soloist at festivals and venues in the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, London, Colombia, Belgium, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba among others.
After moving back to Curaçao in 2013, Randal received several prestigious awards for his outstanding contribution to local culture, like the Boeli Van Leeuwen Award in 2014, and the Cola Debrot Award in 2018.
Randal is featured in the Prix Italia nominated documentary Chopin, Caribbean Key (2020) by Polish director Agnieszka Lipiec, and in the short documentary by Curaçao director Selwyn De Wind Muzik Sin Barera (2021), about his latest project with vocalist-songwriter Dibo D.
Randal previously composed original scores for two other Memphis Film & Television productions by Sherman De Jesus: The award-winning documentary A Shtetl In The Caribbean (2014) and The Zero Revolution – Henk Peeters (2015).
Mark Glynne en Tom Bijnen
Sound design & Mixage
Mark Glynne has been working as a sound designer, sound editor and re-recording mixer since 1982. He received the Golden Calf for Best Sound Design for the film Tussenstand (2007) and for the film Beyond Sleep (2016).
Tom Bijnen has been working as a freelance sound designer, sound editor and re-recording mixer since 2003. He is nominated for the Golden Calf for Best Sound Design for ‘4 Elements’ (2007). He received the Golden Wing for Best Sound Design for ‘Kristen’ (2015)
Together they are responsible for the Sound Design of documentaries such as “They Call Me Baboe” (Sandra Beerends / Golden Calf Best Long Documentary 2020),
“Turn Your Body To The Sun”(Aliona van der Horst 2021) and feature films such as “Buladó” (Eché Janga / Gouden Kalf Best Feature Film 2020) and “Huda’s Salon” (Hany Abu Assad 2021).
Frank Sheppard ✝︎
Actor & Voice
Frank Sheppard, actor, director and singer came in the mid-80s from America to the Netherlands, where he played in a large number of theatre performances and films. He was one of the defining actors of Cosmic Illusion. Frank Sheppard’s last film role was in The Photograph by Sherman De Jesus as the voice of the director’s grandfather Juan De Jesus.
Before coming to the Netherlands, Frank Sheppard acted in films such as Kill Squad (Patrick G. Donahue), Fright Show and Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (Bill Duke, 1986).
Sheppard was born in Newark and worked as a private investigator in San Francisco and successfully as an actor in Los Angeles. In Amsterdam he played for the first time in 1987 in The Meeting of Cosmic Illusion, directed by John Leerdam. He also worked on De laatste dagen van Clover Fields, or: A Coon’s Carnival by De Nieuw Amsterdam, directed by Rufus Collins and Henk Tjon.
He gained international recognition with O.J. Othello, a text by Maarten van Hinte about the similarities between Othello and O.J. Simpson, which won a First Fringe Award in Edinburgh in 1998 and also played in New York.
In the 90s and 00’s he played in performances by Annemarie Prins, De Gebroeders Flint and Felix de Rooy. In 2006 he played at Toneelgroep Amsterdam in Huis van de Toekomst by Carina Molier. He was also active as a jazz and blues singer. His last theatre role was in 2018 in Martin Luther King directed by John Leerdam.
In recent years Frank Sheppard has mainly played in Dutch films and television series. He has been in the Minimal movies Lost in Amsterdam (Pim de la Parra and Paul Ruven), Let the Music Dance (Pim De la Parra and Paul Ruven), How to Survive a Broken Heart (Paul Ruven), The Blissful Suffering of Derek Beaujon (Pim De la Parra), Van Gogh’s Ear (Tony Garcia,) and The Best Thing in Life (Paul Ruven). He also appeared in Rumbling Sky Dragon Tiger Meeting/China White (Ronny Yu), De avonden (Rudolf van den Berg), Modern Crimes (Alejandro Agresti), the TV series De partizanen (Theu Boermans), Brylcream Boulevard (Robbe De Hert), An AmsterdamTale (Dorna van Rouveroy van Nieuwaal), the TV series Leven en dood van Quidam Quidam (Maria Uitdehaag and Robert Wiering), Win/Win (Jaap van Heusden), Deal (Eddy Terstall), Wonderbroeders (Johan Timmers) and Pak van mijn hart (Kees van Nieuwkerk). He also starred in the short films De boxer (Camille Verbunt), Novellen: Jan Willem Goes Bijlmer (Elbert van Strien), the graduation production Schemeren (Jenneke Boeijink), Caresse (Jim Taihuttu), The Palace (Ruud Satijn) and the graduation film Broker (David-Jan Bronsgeest).
He was the voice of the title character in the documentary Mister Soul: A Story about Donny Hathaway (David Kleijwegt).
Frank Sheppard died on March 5 in Amsterdam at the age of 70.