Jef mertens b.1978 - geel

I graduated as a photographer in 2001 and became a self-taught filmmaker shortly after. I made my first documentary work following Sonic Youth on tour through Europe, which resulted in a couple of rough tour diaries. 

In 2007 I made my first documentary 'Dronevolk' revolving around 4 Belgian drone- and weirdfolk bands.

I started Taping Policies originally as a bootleg label only to become a main base for releasing some of my videowork. I worked w/ Ignatz, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Tony Conrad and Charlemagne Palestine amongst others.

in 2016 I finished my second feature; this one on  the avant/noise group Borbetomagus, screening w/ certain acclaim worldwide.

Currently Taping Policies serves as an initiative to discuss making a documentary, video, shortfilm, cassette or performing live.