Marc Schmidt (1970) works as an independent director and location sound mixer of documentary films. After studies in filmtheory (Utrecht University) and media arts (Tilburg Art Academy), he initially worked as a sound engineer and video editor on a variety of film projects. He also directed a few short fiction films. But directing documentaries raised his interest, and gradually became his main occupation. The role of social codes in our lifes is a recurrent theme in his work. Among his films are SCHOOLYARD, a conceptual documentary about a schoolyard, filmed from his balcony and Bidcatcher, a visual impression of an auction, which won the prize for best documentary at the Tampere Filmfestival. Currently he is developing THE CHIMPANZEE COMPLEX, about the social process among traumatized chimpanzees. MATTHEW’S LAWS is a portrait of Marc Schmidt’s school friend Matthew and is so far his most personal film.
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