BIOGRAPHY

During his 40 year career, Jean-Pierre Dutilleux has made thirty films, including a dozen in Amazonia, taken thousands of photographs and published six books.

Jean-Pierre Dutilleux rose to international prominence with his extraordinary academy Award-nominated documentary, “Raoni””, an uncompromising investigation of the complex issues surrounding the survival of the remaining indigeneous Indians of the Amazon Rainforest and indeed, of the Rainforest itself.

Shot on location and named for the forceful and savvy chief at its center, the film was narrated by Marlon Brando. The New York Times praised “Raoni” as a “sobering, sympathetic and technically expert documentary”. With the notoriety accorded him by the film, both in Brazil and abroad Raoni, the man, has become the prime spoke person for all of Brazil’s surviving Indians.

A native of Belgium, Dutilleux earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Literature from Saint Hadelin College in Liege, and later studied law, languages and economics at the University of Louvain. During his college years, Dutilleux traveled throughout North and South America, awakening passion and developing respect for the native Indians. In 1972, he served as assistant to Cosras Gravas on the production “State of Siege” in Chile. Two years later, at the age of 23, Dutilleux completed his first film, a study of Indians of the Amazon.

In the years since, he has filmed and photographed more than 50 tribes world wide, produced a dozen films in the Amazon, sailed around the world, and documented countless unique adventures. Additionally, his work as a photojournalist has appeared in 100-plus magazines in dozens of countries.

Dutilleux pioneered a new genre of filmmaking – the rock drama – when, in 1984, he produced and directed “ the Rhythmatist” starring Steward Copeland. A mesmerizing portrait, the film is an extended music video with multiple levels of perception running parallel throughout (available on A&M Home Video).

One of his visits to the Amazon, Dutilleux was joined by noted rock musician Sting, who was able to experience firsthand the indigenous tribes of the fast disappearing jungle. Together they authored articles exposing the fate of the native Amazonians which, fortified by Dutilleux’s powerful photos, propelled the rainforest issues into the global spotlight.
Encouraged by response to the stories, the pair created The Rainforest Foundation to support the Indian’s fight for survival, launching an international campaign with a television spot starring Sting and produced and directed by Dutilleux.

Accompanied by Chief Raoni, they embarked on an ambitious world tour and, in only 60 days, established local foundation in 12 countries, raising awareness and funds to protect the rainforest. In six recently published books, Dutilleux recounts these adventures and share his remarkable photographs.

FILM

ALEXANDRA PRODUCTIONS FOR THE GALERIES LAFAYETTE AMAZON EXHIBITION
Brazil

MANAUS ECO-TOURISM
Director / Producer. Brazil

SEBASTIAN RAINFOREST TOUR
Photographer / Director- cameraman. Brazil

MOTHER NATURE INC.
KCLA Channel 9
Field Producer / Photographer hosted by Denis Farrier. Brazil

KAYAPOS UPDATE
Director / Producer. Brazil

RAINFOREST REPORTS#1
Sebastian International
Writer / Director / Producer. Brazil

RAINFORESTS #2
Sebastian International
Writer / Director / Producer. Brazil

RAONI’S RETURN
CP Productions
Director. Brazil

OUR COMMON FUTURE
Starring Gilberto Gil, Milton nacimento, Sting, Caetano Veloso, Bethania and others
Director / Producer of Brazilian segment, live via satellite

FIGHT FOR THE AMAZON
Sting Appeal for the Rainforest Foundation
Director / Producer. Los Angeles

ANIMAL LOGIC
Musical documenatary with Stewart Copeland and Andy Sommers
Director / Producer. Brazil

RAONI MEETS RED CROW
Director / Producer Fourth World Day. Brazil

GEO AFRICA
Director / Producer. West Africa

WOMEN OF NEW GUINEA
Mist Film Productions
Director / Producer. Papua New Guinea

AMAZON STORIES (unreleased)
Charter Films
Director / Producer. Brazil

THE MAKING OF TENDER IS THE NIGHT
Showtime
Director / Producer Paris, France

ABOARD SURVIVAL
Charter Films / Whitefeather Production TV Pilot
Director / Producer. West Indies

THE RHYTHMATIST
Starring Steward Copeland, CCCP / Charter Films
Director / Producer. Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Zaire, Congo

MOUNT KENYA SAFARI
CCCP / Charter Films
Producer. Kenya

PLAYING TO WIN
Charter Films
Director / Producer. Mexico / Cuba

CABILLITO
Commercial campaign / Panama

MAN AND HIS PLANET
Idemedia Productions televison series
Director / Cameraman

HANDS ON THE WORLD
Idemedia Productions
Director

RAONI
SND Productions
Writer / Director / Producer. Amazon / Washington DC
Nominated for an Academy Award

XINGU THE WHITE MAN IS COMING
BBC World About Us series
Director / Producer. Amazon

ASMAT, WOODCARVERS OF NEW GUINEA
BBC World About Us series
co-Director with Bill Leimbach. New Guinea

WOW
Bill Leimbach Productions
co-Director / Cameraman. New Guinea

INDIANS 1 & 2
Cinesphere Productions
Director / Writer / Camerman. Brazilian Amazon

ETAT DE SIÈGE
Costas Gravas
Assistant to Producer. Chile