Thomas Vroege is a filmmaker based in Amsterdam. Thomas graduated from Sint Joost Academy of Arts with the short documentary film ‘The Son & The Stranger’, which won a Wildcard Award of The Netherlands Filmfund. His film ‘So Help Me God’ is a poetic documentary journey through the financial industry and premiered in the Golden Calf competition on the Dutch Film Festival in 2015. Vroege’s most recent film, entitled ‘9 Days From My Window, is a short documentary about the start of the Syrian uprising in the city of Aleppo. The film was made in collaboration with fellow filmmaker Floor van der Meulen and the Syrian photographer Issa Touma and is currently on display at leading international film festivals. His upcoming film ‘Theater of The Crowd’ is a Greek tragedy about the course of the Syrian revolution and was awarded with the IDFA Mediafund Documentary Award. Vroege also works as an editor and director of photography for both filmmakers, leading visual artists and photographers including Hans van der Meer and Barbara Visser. Since 2012, Vroege is also an advisor for the Dutch Cultural Media Fund. In 2013 he was an advisor for the Dutch Filmfestival for the selection of documentary films. And since 2016 Vroege is a member of the board of the Dutch Directors Guild.
Frank Ortmanns is a multimedia editor and exhibition producer/designer based in Amsterdam. He gained his master degrees in media sociology and and photographic studies at the RWTH Aachen and the University of Leiden. After his studies he curated the solo exhibitions Ed van der Elsken – Tokyo Symphony and Monica Nouwens – Look at me (…). Since 2008 is at home on the conception and production of exhibition and multimedia- / cross platform projects. His tasks reach from conception to production within the studio or on site, always aiming for concession free and goal oriented result ready to catch the eye of the public. A heavy focus remains on the production and realization of spatial multimedia pieces. This includes conception, planning, budget supervision and installation. Many projects have been realized for cultural institutions, commercial clients or directly with artists or photographers internationally.
Clients include: Paradox, Edam (NL); Stadsarchief, Amsterdam (NL); International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam (NL), Asia Society, New York, (US); Magnum Foundation, New York (US); Glacierworks, Boston (US) Collborations have been conducted with: Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (NL), FOAM, Amsterdam (NL); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago (CL); GAM, Santiago (CL), Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing (CN); Festival de las Artes, San Jose (CR)