A new milestone from the director of Jimmy Rosenberg – The Father, the Son & the Talent and of A Skin Too Few – The Days of Nick Drake and the producer of André Hazes – She Believes in Me.
In Paradiso, Jeroen Berkvens highlights, as in an exhilarating rollercoaster ride, all aspects of the Amsterdam pop temple. Still, the experience of the musicians is central, so that the film is also about what it’s like to perform in front of an audience. The staircase from dressing room to the Paradiso stage is not high, but with every step the emotions rise, balancing between fear and euphoria. Then the release follows: the concert. With Paul Weller, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Johnny Rotten, Tom Barman, Martha Wainwright, Faithless, Patrick Watson, Daniel Johnston, Tim Knol, The Sonics, Public Enemy and many others.
Born in 1968 in Eindhoven in the south of Holland, Jeroen studied for 5 years at the AV & Cinematographic Design department of the Academy of Arts in Breda. Besides directing documentaries he occasionally produces documentaries & other filmprojects. In 1996 and 1997 he was a member of the editorial staff at a PBS in the Netherlands called Humanist Broadcasting Foundation. Since 1998 Jeroen has been teaching Cinematographic Design at his alma mater in Breda. In 2004 he was designated to lead the IDFA documentary workshop. He also is a guest tutor at various eductions like the post-graduate Sandberg Institute, IDFA Summerschool, Master Media & Culture University of Amsterdam, Master Media & Ethics University of Humanistic Studies, and several international workshops (Back Lot-Surinam, Aristoteles-Rumania, Documentarist-Turkey, Screen Training-Ireland), a jury member at several International Filmfestivals, and script- and directing coach.
From 2010 Jeroen is appointed to the Dutch Film & Television Academy in Amsterdam teaching documentary directing.
Cinematography: Rob Hodselmans
Sound: Sander den Broeder
Soundscape: Marc Lizier