Cohen stuart media

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I strive to present, represent and visualize all that makes humans behave like humans. and to do that, I need their help.

My name is Eslin Cohen Stuart, an adolescent from the bubbling city of Rotterdam. Originally, Cohen Stuart Media was a company that my father built, way back in the 1990’s. He made films (short or not-so-short) for commercial purposes, that exposed human society and its small beautiful processes. In 1997, he discovered that a tumor had developed in his brain that would shorten his life until his death in 2001. In the meantime, however, he did not sulk in his illness, but instead kept moving and working in his company. In one of his last films, ‘De Vangst’ (‘The Catch’), he followed fishermen in the harbour of Rotterdam. He had commentary written out, but changed it to him speaking about his illness instead. The beauty of such a heart-wrenching story combined with the simplicity of the fisherman stuck with me.

Years went by and everyday I wanted to be something else: first a painter, then a singer, an industrial designer and even a journalist. The one thing that remained constant in my dreams about the future was a sense of creativity that needed to be present when I was working. I chose to study Cultural Anthropology in Leiden after I finished high school and travelled every moment that I had the opportunity. After three years, my fascination for the audiovisual started growing more and more, which finally led me to decide that I wanted to become a filmmaker. My interest in people, progress, peace and sustainability grew with it, eventually motivating me to revitalise Cohen Stuart Media. I rejuvenated its foundation and initiated my own vision: to tell the stories of the yet unknown, but soon significant.  

Unconsciously, I followed my father’s footsteps of wanting to show the world the wonders of human life, with all its difficulties and problems included. This company is all thanks to my father and my mother, who enabled me to become who I am now. And to echo their legacy, I will press on to uncover bits of human life that hopefully offer new insights to its spectators. 

Cohen stuart media

Creative.

Creativity for me revolves around ideas, visions and concepts that transcend, and sometimes emphasize the regular. It considers the world around us as a candy store, filled with opportunity and uniqueness. Therefore, I push myself everyday to uncover the beauty and sparkle of the humans roaming around with stories to tell and life to share. However, I believe that all good things are created together. Therefore, almost everything I set out to discover is done with the help of friends, colleagues and other exceptionally great people. By doing so, my creative endeavours are shared and created with local citizens, an amazingly badass district officer from Amsterdam and young filmmakers.

Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF)

Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF)

In 2020, the Leiden International Film Festival management decided that it should have a bigger online presence and programming, due to restrictions on the amount of visitors allowed in a cinema. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to set up a live living room (or LIFFingroom, as we named it), in which me and Victoria van den Berg streamed discussions, masterclasses and other fun film-related sessions live to YouTube. We are both very thankful for the amazing educational and illuminating experience and hope to return the following year.
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Geluk op 13

Geluk op 13

A project I did together with friend and colleague Maarten Teunisse in Leiden, the Netherlands. We interviewed and filmed several residents of the city, living on number 13. The project was set up as an active way to discuss happiness within Dutch society, while involving students to be part of this quest. We worked together with other students and were guided by Gert-Jan Cornel. At this moment our short films are on display in the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden for a limited time. Below are the trailer to the Museum Exposition and our coverage of Fransje, one of the residents we filmed and is a big number 13 fan.
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Apollo and Anita

Apollo and Anita

I made this film during the final phase of my Bachelor, together with Eliza Jordaan. It is a short documentary about police officer Anita Kouwenhoven, who was active in the South of Amsterdam as a district officer. During the film we follow Anita and her views on her work as a police officer. She believes in possibilities and progress and detests abuse of power. We wanted to visualize her ideas and visions that make her, in our humble opinion, an example for other police (district) officers to come.
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Professional.

I love working. Especially when it involves a camera or two, some editing software and a bunch of cool people to do it with. The footage displayed below is not unconstrained from the previous section, as they also very much encompass creativity. However, I find that I sometimes need a more composed atmosphere to really portray high quality content, professional and adequate.

TwentieFour

TwentieFour

I saw Erik speak during a festival I attended. He talked about his film company and the documentaries he’d made with his wife. I knew immediately that his way of looking at the audiovisual was something I would want for myself too. Therefore, I contacted him and was lucky to get the opportunity to work with Erik. Since then I’ve learned and grown in ways I couldn’t have envisioned a few years ago. Erik now gives me my own projects to work on, like editing a short documentary series for de Nieuwe Boerenfamilie. I am very thankful that he included and guided me throughout his work and hope to remain within the company as a freelancer for a long time.
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Prinsjesfestival

Prinsjesfestival

I made an aftermovie for the Prinsjesfestival 2020, together with Jorn van Bladel. We were both in charge of the entire production, from shooting to post-production. We had a lot of fun and it showed: the festival management wants us to do the following edition as well.
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El Cid

El Cid

I worked in a committee to provide promotional videos during the introduction week of higher education in Leiden. Together, we filmed and edited to produce 3 videos a day that illustrated the events and people of the El Cid.
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Contact me

Got any questions? Do you want to discuss a project? Or do you just want to examine the mysteries of the human planet?

+31 6 41 66 58 12
Eslincs@gmail.com

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KVK nummer:  80533906 – Leiden