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5 to 12

5 to 12 tells the story of friends Rinus Jossee and Kees Kortleve and their life and death challenges they face as older athletes in their 70-ties.

Europe is getting older, people above 65 form the fastest growing population segment. This film explores how older athletes are coming to terms with fragility brought on by old age and how they define life as death creeps closer every day.

  • Fritz Kohle
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  • Fritz Kohle
    God, Church, Pills & Condoms
  • Arleen Cuevas
    Manila, Indepedencia
  • Arleen Cuevas
    God, Church, Pills & Condoms
  • Rinus Jossee
    Key Cast
  • Kees Kortleve
    Key Cast
  • Huub Vaessen
    Key Cast
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    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 20, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
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    HD Video
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  • Docfeed
    February 19, 2015
    Dutch Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 22nd Sedona International Film Festival
    Sedona, Arizona, US
    March 27, 2015
    US Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Fritz Kohle

Fritz Kohle studied at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and later as a postgraduate at the Northern Media School, Sheffield Hallam University. Kohle worked his way up to become Location Manager on Channel 4 (UK) feature films, Head of Productions at the Lux Centre London and Field Producer for iBeam Europe.
As a freelance Producer and Production Manager he produced episodes for Marienhof, one of Germany's most popular soaps with a daily viewership exceeding 6 million. In collaboration with the Ludwigsburg Film Academy in Germany, he published the media handbook Medienmacher Heute. Kohle's passion for teaching led him to work with young offenders as well as aspiring filmmakers.
Kohle's projects include post-production management for Studio Babelsberg's features in Berlin such as Wim Wender's Soul of a Man, and Jackie Chan's 80 Days Around the World. In addition, he was also involved in various German soaps such as Notruf 110 and Tatort.
Kohle was Bigfoot Entertainment's Head of Post Production until 2007. In 2007 he started working as Assistant Director, Production Centre and Post-production for New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Singapore Campus.
He now works as a lecturer in the Netherlands and continues to produce and direct documentary films while studying for a PhD in social media and documentary production.


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Director Statement

In 2012 Arleen Cuevas and I made a film about controversial health care policies in the Philippines, telling the story of a pregnant teenage mother and the challenges she faces. The film deals with topics such as family planning and over population. When we moved to Europe we began to wonder what demographic issues Europe is facing.

Unlike the Philippines, Europe’s fastest growing population segment are people over 65. We wanted to learn more about the life and death challenges older Europeans face and found that an increasing number of over 65’s pick up sports to maintain their quality of life. ‘5 to 12’ tells the story of friends Rinus Jossee and Kees Kortleve, both in their 70-ties and members of a local sportsclub in the small Dutch town of Goes. Both are passionate sportsmen and cannot imagine a life without sports – until a life changing event happens.

The film also had a profound impact on myself - now I am jogging every morning.

Production Notes:

Originally 5 to 12 was entitled Keep Running. But as we went through interviews we discovered a nice little story about Rinus after his heart attack in the hospital. For new year he was given a cake that had a clock at 5 minutes to 12 on it. Having learned just a few days ago that he had a narrow escape from his heart attack he did not like that clock on the cake.

For us that made the perfect title and we changed it from Keep Running to 5 to 12.
Rinus ate the cake anyway ;)