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Love Loop

2006, 7 minutes, black and white.
Love loop is a film in the tradition of the Punch-and-Judy show. Two cars crash in a dark wood. The drivers, a man and a woman, get out to assess the damage and have an argument. During the conflict it appears that we are watching an Punch and Judy show. To the bewilderment of the puppeteers the tale takes a surprising inversion.

Marching for Mother Meuse

2003, 2 min., 35 mm film, colour.
Through the centuries, innumerable armies occupied the fertile clay soil on the coast of the river Meuse.

"Animated film is an ideal medium to make a overwhelming impression in a very short time. This conclusion, this thought forced itself upon me after watching ”Marching for Mother Meuse”. The film only lasts two minutes, but  sound and image take all intention from the spectator during this short period. …  ”Marching for Mother Meuse” shows the regional and international history in a nutshell.
The incessant stream of images, in metamorphoses the historical development passes by, but in reverse, starting in the present and finishing in primeval ages. What has been is only to be understood by looking backwards. Archetypical figures fill the screen and draw all attention. Ominous music accompanies the step of a boot at the beginning of the film, a step that symbolizes the advance of history, but also symbolizes the armies that marched to this region…Ties Poeth made the figures in this film with his own hands from clay in rough, sculptural forms. The clay is pure, without glaze. This gives the statues an earthly terrestrial character.'

Hans Vogels, Sjerfkes Nieuwe inzichten in het Nederrijns keramisch verleden van een aantal Noord- en Midden Limburgse plaatsen.p.93, p 120-126.

A short Passion Play

2002, 10 min., 35 mm film, colour.
A 2000 adaption of the Passion Play as staged every five years in Tegelen, the Netherlands. An impression of the last days of Jesus Christ in pixilation referring to the Silent Cinema.

Awarded in Acireale, Bellochi di Fano and Viterbo (Italy)

Music for an Owl

1999, 12 min., 35 mm film, black and white.
While the seasons pass, new steps are taken on the ladder of evolution. Insect are followed by birds, mammals and humans. The owl plays a leading role in the décor of an old Gothic church.

"Watch a church which is old and decaying being gradually restored during four seasons. The animal life around the church also changes with the seasons. The owl and her young are central characters in this animated piece."
Hunter Todd, Catalogue Flagstaff International Film Festival, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA 1999

Holland Film Award 2000, shown at 33 International Film Festivals in 2000.
Awarded in Amsterdam and Breda (NL), Bellocho di Fano and Montecatini, (Italy), Flagstaff, Houston, and Rochester (USA)

Loc Light Louis/ A Toy for Thjeu
1998, 2½ min., 35 mm film, colour.
A filmmaker designs a piece of furniture for his son Thjeu. The tools, the materials and the sawdust seem to lead a life of their own.
Awarded in Chicago, Flagstaff and Houston (USA)

Joelfeest – The Carnival Shout

1994, 13 ½min., 35 mm film, colour.
"The Carnival Shout is a well made, beautiful and suggestive movie. It shows the development of Carnival through the ages, from heathen times until the present day. The carnival processions of many different periods in history are represented with
the help of three-dimensional models: from Teutonic times, in which the horse was honoured, through the modern period, with its interest in worldwide themes. The different carnival processions are punctuated with pixilation shots from people
enjoying the carnival, in which a donkey plays an important role."
Catalogue Uppsala International Filmfestival, Uppsala, Sweden,1995

"The use of motifs from Breughel, Bosch and Durer lend a particular carnival atmosphere to the picture."
Natalya Luikevyth, Catalogue KROK International Animated Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine,1995

Awarded in Charleston and Houston, USA.

The Journey of a Dragon

1992, 3min., 35 mm film, colour.
In 1560 Pieter Brueghel painted “Saint George and the Dragon”. Also in later years the dragon’s game was an important item of the carnival celebrations. A society asked Poeth to design a dragon for the annual carnival in Breda. He registered the process of the construction of the carnival-coach.
“The Journey of a Dragon” is the first documentary after several experimental films.

Mission Ville

1990, 10 minutes, 35 mm film, colour.
“Mission Ville” is an art film created from a journey filmed from a hot-air balloon. First we see a landscape in black and white but later it changes to full colour. Finally of stained glass. we see a totally abstract landscape that reminds us of the beauty of stained glass. In the last shot we return to the desperate city.

"Le cinéaste hollandaise Ties Poeth nous donnera à voir la ville d’en-haut, vue d’un aérostat. La machine volante offre une vision aérienne unique des paysages, filmés à la hauteur des arbres dans un mouvement lent, parfaitement régulier. ‘Mission Ville‘ (1989) est particulièrement remarquable pour la synthèse qu’il  opère entre réalité et abstraction. Le cinéaste abuse de notre attention car nous sommes soudain passés d’un paysage aérien à l ;a vision macroscopique d’un vitrail aux couleurs chatoyantes. Mais la trame du vitrail n’est-elle pas la trame d’un paysage urbain ?
Soudain la ville apparait par ses réseaux de communication, ses infrastructures, ses blocs d’habitations, irréelles et dépourvues de tout enjeu humain. La représentation filmique est un paradigme de l’échelle territoriale où la composition formelle du tissu urbain sert de canevas au cinéaste pour un travail cinématographique abstrait."

Jean-Michel Bouhours,  Catalogue La Ville,Cinema et vidéos pluriel   Carnets de ville
Exposition ‘La Ville’ au Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 9 février-4 avril,1994

Awarded in Houston, USA.


1987, 6 minutes, 16 mm film, colour
At the music an arrangement of Duke Ellington´s Caravan, lines and shapes move in an abstract landscape. The film is like a rhythmic painting and consists of only one filmshot. This film is a five minutes lasting camera-pan that suggests a caravan. It is made by drawing with ink on transparent film.


1987, 2½ minutes, 16 mm film, colour.
This film was animated by Willy van der Ven (1961-2006), the girlfriend of Ties Poeth. In the first scene of this film a train passes by. A wheel comes loose from the last car of the train and, while the train goes out of sight, the wheel is transformed into a bouncing ball. To the rhythm of the music we can feel the adventure.


1985, 6 minutes, 16 mm film, black and white
Jaco is set in the jungle. Cut-outs of black cardboard were used for the shrubs and trees. These cuttings are the background for a shadow play. Scenery, silhouette animation and primeval sounds determine the atmosphere of the forest, which is swarming with insects.

Caravane Barbare

1984, 5 minutes, 16 mm film, colour.
The motive to make this film was the meeting with a foreigner who was going to celebrate carnival in a provincial city. This boy liked very much to be filmed but his face does not appear on the screen. On one of the carnival-wagons you can see a witch stretching her hands to a kettle. The carnival train slowly pulls past the spectators.


1984, 4 minutes, black and white.
A woman, a child. He relation they have can be judges by the spectator. In the beginning it seems as if a story is going to be told± one´s hopes are deceived. From a number of shots the pictures were staged after one another so that it look as if the
projector jams sync to the music. The whimpering music is by Lee Perry.

Fragments of a painting (Schilderstukken)

1983, 7 minutes, colour.
Fragments of different films and slide shows.


1982, 4 minutes, colour.
The film is like a rhythmic painting and is made by drawing ink on transparent film .

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