"Finally. An engaged and thoughtful full-on narrative illuminating the work of Holland's preeminent film director, Louis van Gasteren. Patricia Pisters's, Filming For The Future is an unflinching and deft rendering of the six decades of van Gasteren's films; the writer giving blood, flesh and story to a complicated and controversial artist's obsessions and aesthetics. Like her subject's work, Pisters eschews cliche and slippery ideas to cement a well-wrought and hard earned research that throws bright light onto the times and temperament of van Gasteren's work. Filming For The Future, is an essential compliment to understanding van Gasteren's life, films and obsessions" - Michael Martin, author of Extended Remark: Poems from a Moravian Parking Lot
"Unique attempt to interpret the multifaceted en multilayered oeuvre of the Grand Old Man of Dutch documentary in all encompassing treatise. A great achievement!" - Hans Beerekamp is a former film critic and current TV critic for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad
"Pisters's work is outstanding, well written, academic and yet so accessible, a generous militant documentary-like portrait of an important figure of Dutch cinema that I just discovered. An essential contribution in Film Studies." - Élie Castiel, Editor in Chief of SÉQUENCES - La revue de cinéma
Louis Van Gasteren was one of the most prolific filmmakers in the history of the Netherlands, with a resume that includes nearly eighty documentaries and two feature films-to say nothing of artworks and books.
Filming for the Future offers an extended exploration of Van Gasteren's work and audio-visual world. Patricia Pisters introduces us to a filmmaker who always had his camera ready and was relentless in filming a wide range of topics and events of national and international importance. Fascinated by technology, deeply engaged with politics, and intensely occupied by the traumatic effects of war, Van Gasteren assembled an unparalleled record of life in twentieth-century Amsterdam and beyond. Filming for the Future will be an invaluable source of documentation and analysis of one of the key filmmakers of our time.
The book is accompanied by 3 DVDs by 7 films by Van Gasteren: A New Village on New Land (1960), The House (1961), A Matter of Level (1990), The Price of Survival (2003), Hans Life before Death (1983), Changing Track (2009) and Nema Aviona za Zagreb (2012).
Patricia Pisters is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Previously she has edited Micropolitics of Media Culture. Reading the Rhizomes of Deleuze and Guattari (2001) and Shooting the Family. Transnational Media and Intercultural Values (2005). She is also an editor for Necsus: European Journal of Media Studies .