A group of documentary directors got together in November 2011 and spontaneously decided to make a film about the Occupy camp in their city, Amsterdam. They called themselves Docmakers. Driven by engagement with the world, they collectively created the documentary Don’t Shoot The Messenger. Humour, flexibility and common sense are the magic ingredients of the Docmakers’ collaboration. Future Docmakers projects could work in a number of different ways: individual direction or partnerships, in which the other Docmakers are involved in the background as editors and advisers.
Suzanne Raes’ filmography includes The Houses of Hristina, The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island, Hold on Tight - De Dijk, Stand by me, De mooiste jongen van de klas [The Cutest Boy in Class] and The Successor of Kakiemon. She makes films about people and the beautiful things they can achieve. In the context of Docmakers she has created the documentaries Quid Pro Quo, Boudewijn de Groot – Come Closer and 0,03 seconds.
Yan Ting Yuen made her directing debut in 2001 with the documentary Chin.Ind. (nominated for a Gouden Kalf (Golden Calf) at the Netherlands Film Festival). Her second film Ban Xi- the 8 Model Works was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance festival in 2005. Her other works include Dinner with Murakami and The Secret of HEMA. For the Docmakers she is currently working on the film On Day Eight with Robert Kosters.
Fabie Hulsebos started her carrier working on various Dutch feature films and drama series. Since 1994, as an executive and creative producer, she helps to realize more than sixty documentaries. At the moment she is a freelance executive producer and screenwriter, developing documentary, animation and feature film projects.
Sanne Rovers made a couple of youth documentaries, ao Wild Lilly (2011) and The World of Kim and Bob (2016), both nominated for a Prix de Jeunesse. Het latest short documentary Homo Ludens won the Audience Award at Go Short Nijmegen. Besides that she develops multi media documentary projects like Fotomoment (a photobooth, website and videoclip) and A Listening Ear (a radio diptych, animation and installation).
Aliona van der Horst has made five international award-winning documentaries, including Voices of Bam, De Dame met het Witte Hoedje [The Woman with the White Hat] and Boris Ryzhy and Love is Potatoes. She has shot on location in Iran, Japan and Russia. She studied Russian Literature and directing at the Netherlands Film Academy. In 2011, she took the initiative to create the film Don’t Shoot the Messenger.
Robert Kosters is an investigative journalist and researcher who often approaches his topics from an economic angle. He has worked for Vrij Nederland, Follow the Money and Quote and television programme Tegenlicht. In 2015 he won the most prestigious Dutch journalism award De Tegel in the ‘background’ category, with his story ‘How Jan Bennink raked in millions with a murky coffee deal’ for Vrij Nederland and Follow the Money.
Liesbeth Witteman is a journalist and has done research and worked on the composition of documentaries for TV DITS, including Haagse Klasse and Verwarring in de Stad. She has worked as a freelancer on various documentaries and television programmes, as a correspondent in Indonesia and as an editor and reporter for Radio EenVandaag. Currently she is the researcher and producer of The Heart of Democracy.
The Heart of Democracy
Monique Lesterhuis made De Tegenprestatie with Suzanne Raes, the sequel to the documentary Stand by Me (nominated for best documentary at IDFA 2010). She has mainly worked as a researcher for documentary makers such as Petra and Peter Lataster, Catherine van Campen and Simonka de Jong. She likes to get stuck into complex topics and go in search of the real story.
Marijn Frank (1982) graduated in 2007 with the prize winning documentary Daddy has gone and left me puzzled. In 2012 she made the youth documentary Bente’s Voice and in 2015 the feature length documentary Need for Meat, which was shown on many international festivals.
Since 2009 Frank is also known as presenter of television program Keuringsdienst van Waarde, De Rekenkamer en the series Het beloofde land.
Hens Van Rooy is one of the creators of the film Don’t Shoot the Messenger and was a founding member of the Docmakers. He has worked as a sound technician on many (inter)national documentaries.
Babette Aalberts is the secretary of the Docmakers foundation. As a solicitor specialising in media she has become one of the top advisors on media law and offers advice on a range of legal and political matters in the field. In addition to this, Babette acts as a sparring partner for many creative minds in the media and she is a guest lecturer at the VU University Amsterdam.
Esther Bleesing is the treasurer of the Docmakers foundation. She works as a freelance accountant for companies such as Pupkin Film.