In 2011 filmmaker Ineke Smits and radiomaker Jeroen Stout joined their knowledge and experience in the Rotterdam based VOF Stout&Smits. We write, direct and produce films and audio productions, and collaborate on multi-media projects. Our productions can be seen and heard on public broadcasters, and are distributed in cinemas and international festivals. We coach (international) fiction- and documentary projects of young makers in all stages.
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Our sound-based projects distinguish themselves through the use of immersive storytelling. In contrast to audio tours and conventional sound applications in museums or other locations, our audio productions actively involve the audience in the dramatic development of the story. Thus, locations, subjects, and objects come to life.
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HOW SOSRUKO STOLE FIRE FROM THE GIANT – 90’/ hybrid film
Artist Sipa Labakhua travels through Abkhazia with his marionette show, looking for the national soul of his small, unknown fatherland. A roadmovie that sheds new light on a highly topical question in a world that is on fire: What is a country?
Script and direction: Ineke Smits. Production: The Filmkitchen(NL), in coproduction with Stout&Smits, IKON/EO and IntiFilm(BE). vimeo
THE OBLIVIOUS, The City Audio Game – 40’/ interactive media walk in public space
The Oblivious, a mysterious secret movement operating in the city has declared war against digital dictatorship. Are we victims of technology, or can we make technology work for our personal freedom? The answer starts with awareness. A specially developed app instigates a soundwalk, media interventions and an audio-visual installation.
Script and direction: Ineke Smits, Jeroen Stout. Production: SeriousFilm, in cooperation with Stout&Smits, ProArtsDesign and LustLab .
BEFORE FATHER IS BACK – 80’ & 52′ / documentary
In the remote Georgian Pankisi Gorge 12 year old Eva and Imam grow up and discover the world through cinema classes, while their fathers are fighting in Syria, alongside the Georgian/Chechen warlord Omar El-Shishani. An intimate and poignant portrait of those who stay behind.
Script and direction: Mari Gulbiani. Production: NushiFilm(Georgia) in co-production with Stout&Smits, LuFilms(FR) and Filmpunkt(DE)
2017 EEN BETERE STAD – Audio installation for an exhibition, commissioned by curator Linda Vlassenrood.
The development and decline of the architectural expansion plan for Amsterdam between 1935 and 2006 is brought to life in 3 sound installations, featuring the architects, residents and other involved people and institutions.
Script and direction: Jeroen Stout. Music and sound design: Jan-Bas Bollen.
2016 DE BAARMOEDER – 30’ / radio play for NRT Radio
A television team, an escaped criminal and a researcher are locked in a cave by accident. Contact with the outside world is impossible. While waiting for help, the tension is rising. Script: Jamal Ouariachi. Direction: Jeroen Stout. Music: Hans Jansen. Sound design: Mark Glynne, Selle Sellinck.
2015 IN LIMBO – 20’ / soundwalk for the art exhibition Gimme Shelter, commissioned by curator Sacha Bronwasser.
Three ghosts from different times meet each other at the overgrown ruins of the Dutch fort Fort Nieuwersluis. One of them is not aware yet, that he has died.
Script and direction: Ineke Smits, Jeroen Stout. Sound design: Mark Glynne. Production: Stout&Smits soundcloud
2015 VROUW ZONDER SCHADUW – 30’ / radio play for NRT Radio
When Tara is involved in an accident the medics find a gun in her purse. In surgery Tara is being chased by ghosts from her childhood; she will have to deal with her Iranian family. Script: Kaweh Modiri. Direction: Jeroen Stout. Music: Jan-Bas Bollen. Sound design: Mark Glynne Production: Stout&Smits soundcloud
>Nominated Prix Europa 2016<
2014 STAND BY YOUR PRESIDENT – 92’ / documentary
Sandra Roelofs, a Dutch girl from Terneuzen, became the First Lady of exotic but politically instable Georgia. After ten years in office her husband, the now controversial President Michael Saakashvili, cannot be re-elected.
Script and direction: Ineke Smits. Production: IDTVDocs. Premiere IDFA 2014, cinema release march 2015, several international Film Festivals. vimeo
2013 EEN HAAGSE AFFAIRE – sound installation for The National Archive, commissioned by curator Nancy Hovingh.
In the late 1700’s Sophia Noortwijck and her mother were sentenced by the Dutch Court for prostitution, forgery and theft. The court case against these ‘nouveau riche’ of the Golden Age culminated in a scandal, that destroyed Sophia’s reputation. A surround soundscape is vented in the exhibition, while Sophia’s private life is featured in 5 separate scenes on headphones.
Script and direction: Ineke Smits, Jeroen Stout. Music and sound design: Jan-Bas Bollen. Production: Stout&Smits. soundcloud