Welcome to the website of Jan Ketelaars Film
Locations always play an essential role in the films of Jan Ketelaars. The backside of a location and attention for the unusual in the usual forms a constant factor in his work.
His films have a photographic style, are observant and almost always have a philosophical nature. With mild irony he portrays people who, in their transient daily life, are involved in a fight against the forces of their environment. It is this irony that fills his films with humor.
Jan has worked together with Paul van den Wildenberg in several films. Their most recent film was Triptych, images of a kingdom (2011). This purely visual, evocative film illustrating three intriguing locations in The Netherlands was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands Film Festival Utrecht and in Split. Now they are working on a few short documentaries with a fictional element.
Jan is a board memer of the NANAI foundation, (Netherlands Association for North American Indians). NANAI’s main goal is to provide information in The Netherlands over Native Americans.
He has visited the US several times. On these trips he has made a lot of interviews with indians. A few of them you can watch on his Vimeo channel. You can also see short fragments of a lot of his other films on this Vimeo channel. One of his short ‘indian’ films, about the Apache artist Matigi Sorenson is a study for the biggger project he is working on. With Leendert Pot he wrote the script Native American Dream about young Native American students at the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Producer Joost Verheij of MM Film Productions is involved now to raise money for a research trip.
Jan is also a freelance editor primarily for documentaries. Now he is working on the editing of a documentary about the world famous garden architect Piet Oudolf, directed by Barbara den Uyl. Soon he will start the editing of a film about the Dutch actress and singer Fien de la Mar (she died in 1965), directed by Annette Apon.