Biography (producer)

Michel DrentheMichel Drenthe’s parents moved to the Netherlands from Surinam and Curaçao in 1948. Michel was born and raised in a small village called Schagen in the north of Holland (1962). In 1991 Michel got his degree in film and television production at the Dutch Academy for Film and Television in Amsterdam.

For over 20 years Michel has been working as a location- and production manager, line producer and unit manager for feature films like; ‘Character’, ‘Twin sisters’, ‘Rent A Friend’, The Black Meteor’, ‘Paramaribo Papers’ (in Surinam) ‘Broos’, ‘Mon Ange’, ‘Deuce Bigalow’, ‘Escort’, ‘Me & Mr. Jones’ (on Aruba) and recently ‘Tula, The Revolt’, with Danny Glover and Jeroen Krabbe on Curaçao. Documentaries like; ‘The Barnevelders’, ‘The Diary of John Gabriel Stedman’, ‘Het verleden van Nederland’, ‘Aldus Libelle’ and recently ‘The Wondertree, Art of Capricorne’ by Tanja Fraai and Mike Ho Sam Soi and ‘Frank Martinus Arion’ by Cindy Kerseborn. Television series like; ‘Women’s Wing’, Bureau Kruislaan, The Daltons and recently Wolven (on Curaçao). Besides that Michel, was responsible for the location production of more than a 100 commercials in The Netherlands, Belgium and Curaçao.

In 2002 Michel moved to Curaçao to help out a friend with his restaurant at one of Curacao’s beaches. In 2004 Michel started the company Caribbean Filmcom NV. Caribbean Filmcom provides services to foreign film and TV producers who want to shoot in the Dutch Caribbean, other Caribbean islands and Surinam. All the mayor Dutch networks like NTR, NOS, NCRV, KRO, TROS, VPRO, SBS6 and RTL hire the services of Caribbean Filmcom.

Because of the lack of a film industry on Curaçao, Michel was forced to produces his own films. Over the years Caribbean Filmcom has produced corporate films and commercials for clients like the Royal Police Force (RST), Curaçao Police Force (KPC), Coastguard for the Dutch Caribbean, AirFrance/KLM, Royal Dutch Army, ORV (Curaçao police-school), Selikor, UTS, ENNIA, SIFMA, Curaçao Airport Holding (CAH) and Curaçao Airport partner (CAP). For the Dutch public television network Michel developed the TV-show RAYMIGREREN and, together with Endemol Nederland, Ki bo ke men. In 2014 Michel produced a series of 6 short films for Klinika Capriles about people with a mental disability. UNITED BY MUSIC was Michel’s first creative documentary.

In 2004 Michel founded Curaçao Film Board. With Curaçao Film Board Michel works on establishing a film industry on Curaçao by motivating young people to go to a film academy. At the moment Curaçao Film Board is working with TUI, UNICEF and The Missing Chapter Foundation (with chairman Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands) to establish a Kids Council of Curaçao.

In Suriname Michel was the executive producer of ‘The Diary of John Gabriel Stedman’, directed by Leon Giesen, the executive producer of ‘A matter of Time’, produced by Odusseia Films, the producer of Destination Suriname for KLM Royal Dutch Airline, the line-producer of ‘Het Verleden van Nederland’ produced by IDTV for NPS and the location manager of Paramaribo Papers, produced by Eddy Wijngaarde.

Besides this he is a certified mentor, he studied at the Kenniscentrum Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven Curaçao (KBB) where he achieved a certificate. Caribbean Filmcom is a recognized company suitable for teaching and developing skills for interns.

Michel about shooting in the Caribbean:
‘Being a line producer in the Caribbean, and especially in Surinam and on Curaçao is one of the most fun things to do. Because of the lack of a real industry you have to be very creative. As a producer you are the intermediate between the professional crew from abroad and the not so experienced local crew. It is fun to see the sometimes totally different cultures finding each other during the prep of the shoot, becoming a creative machine with only one goal: making the impossible possible’.