Private Project

The Rinus suitcase (30 minutes)

When I came in the possession of a suitcase that once belonged to a distant member of my family, a guy named Rinus, I felt the need to follow his trail. When he was 17 years old het moved to Los Angeles, trying to become a rock star. It didn't work out very well, he committed suicide. The police gathered his belongings, put it in his suitcase and send it to his mother, in Holland. When she died it became mine. This is a very personal document and quite a weird story. The change of scenery between the Dutch countryside where he was born and I am living and the madness of Los Angeles is enormous. The fact that I am not aware of the laws of filmmaking and that this project was financed with the contribution of my fellow villagers (my village has only 400 inhabitants) does make this documentary an unique experience, only when you are able to think outside the box. There was no budget to use pro gear so it is shot with an Iphone and a vintage Sony HD. There was no budget to pay for a pro editter so I did it myself. On the otherside, there was a lot of creativity and love for this project and I really do hope you can see and feel that.

When I showed this documentary before an audience of fellow villagers and other people who supported I was a nervous wreck but they were impressed. When I was filming in LA I noticed the people over there did like the story and the way I was telling it. So I decided to make an English version and send it to a LA filmfestival. They appreciated it and gave me a place in the finals, next august in LA. (LAIFFA)

  • Bert Dijkhuizen
  • Bert Dijkhuizen
  • Bert Dijkhuizen
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  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 EUR
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    Netherlands, United States
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  • Los Angeles Independant Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    LAIFFA winner
Director Biography - Bert Dijkhuizen

As a young boy I left school because I wanted to become a musician, I succeeded. I played in several succesfull bands. ( I am the guy on the right side of the picture.) Then I wanted to become a sound engineer, I succeeded and became the technical director of a radio station. Then I wanted to become a politician and, boring story, I succeeded and my own party is represented in the local parlement. And now, 56 years old, I want to become a filmmaker and the first signs of succes are already there, I do have a nomination for the Los Angeles Independant Film Festival Award. You may think that I am an arrogant type of person with all those succesfull stories; I am not, I am just a lucky guy standing with two feet on solid ground and wishing you all the best!

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Director Statement

Believe nothing just because someone else believes it.