As a child, Mirko is to be found in Cinecittá (thé Roman cinema studios) where his uncle, Albino Cocco is employed as an assitant director for the Oscar nominated Luchino Visconti and contributes to movies such as Il Gattopardo en Death in Venice. From the age of eleven he spends his after school time as a local radio DJ.
From the beginning of the Eighties he lives in the Netherlands, where he starts acting after a prolonged and official theater education. Notable achievements are a leading role in Hootenanny (by Theatergroep Rozijn) and also played in a number of bands. He has been active in pop music, youth centres and regional broadcasting.
With the advent of commercial television in the Netherlands he gets himself educated to become a qualified cameraman for RTL4. He contributed to television shows as Barend & van Dorp, Ischa Meijer, De Vakantieman, 5 Uur Show and many others.
In the mid 90’s he starts working Sonotech, a broadcasting facilitating company (currently: United Broadcast Facilities) where he works on programmes such as Spoorloos, Memories, Catherine, several sporting events and large events such as Queensday and the Elfstedentocht.
Subsequentlty, The Box/MTV hires him as a freelance director and editor. In this position he was able to interview a lot of A-list celebrities (for instance Cypress Hill, Wycleff Jean, India Arie, D12, 3 Doors down, Live) and directed their concerts and shows.
He also created new programmes for the BOX, for instance Pure -which was a sixty minute studio show filled with national and international artists that performed unplugged for a select audience.
For the Dutch public broadcasting corporations he directed Top of the Pop (BNN), the Lowlands Festival (VPRO) and others. Next to television, there were also several recording companies that called in his expertise to direct video clips and (DVD) concert registrations of acts like Destiny’s Child, K’s Choice, Carl Cox, Sensation and Beth Hart.
In September 2013 Mirko initiated www.cinecars.nl. What started as a video blog, slowly but steadily grew into a community where many people are actively creating movies, photographs and articles on classic cars.
Mirko’s wish is to let CineCars grow organically by creating a growing number of short documentaries about the individual passion for -and the history of- the automobile. He hopes to be able to further this ambition by means of crowd funding.
Angelo van Schaik
Although we are to be found in Rome regularly, we can’t be there all the unfortunately. But luckily there is Angelo van Schaik, a freelance reporter for the Dutch RTV who lives in Rome and knows his way around town.
Angelo moved to Rome in 2001 as an experienced radio reporter In the mean time he has developed himself into an all round freelance reporter for every kind of media (radio, written press, television, internet, social media etc). He currently works for NOS, Eén Vandaag, Bureau Buitenland (VPRO), Het Parool (newspaper) and last but certainly not least CineCars.