After her Bachelors at Law, and Doctorandus degree in Criminology, she received her Masters at the School of Journalism at the University of California in Berkeley. Her main subjects were TV journalism and photojournalism.
In August 2015, after 4 years of working as a one-woman-film-crew, Scheltema completed the 120-minute feature version of the documentary Normal Is Over The Movie. http://normalisoverthemovie.com
In 2019 the new updated version of Normal Is Over 1.1 was completed, as the message of this award-winning film, is becoming more relevant by the day. Funding has been provided by The New Normal Foundation (www.TheNewNormalFoundation.org). Formerly named the Making of The Future Foundation.
Normal Is Over has its focus on humanity's wisest responses to climate change, species extinction, resource depletion, income inequality, and the link between these issues. A look at the financial and economical paradigm underlying our planetary problems, while offering various solutions to reverse the path of global decline.
Normal is Over received the Grand Educational Award, Cine Eco Film Festival, Best in Show Award, Cinema Verde Film Festival, and the Honorable Mention Award, Tasmanian Eco Film Festival. It was selected to screen at 13 film festivals, like the Wild & Scenic Film Festival USA; Princeton International Film Festival; The Santa Cruz Film Festival; Environmental Film Festival Spain; Greenmotions Film Fest, Germany. South African Eco Film Festival; Sonoma International Film Festival, USA.
Testimonials: ”An unusual, visually rich portrait of some of the world’s brightest and most innovative ideas.”- Daily Maverick
"Highly Recommended! “A beautifull job, with compelling voices..BRAVO!”.- Joanna Macy, Author, Buddhist scholar, Environmental activist.
“The only thing harder than making the changes explored in this film is the future we will face if we don’t make them." -Betsy Rosenberg, Author Huffington Post, Veteran CBS radio anchor
“A catalyst for changing the world, and a must for every decision maker in this world”. -Prof Michael Braungart. Co-founder Cradle-2-Cradle
- Lester Brown, Prof. Agricultural Economist
- Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics
- Michael Mann, Distinguished Prof. Meteorology
- Naomi Oreskes, Prof. History of Science
- Dr. Vandana Shiva, Environmental activist
- Charles Eisenstein, Author
- Paul Gilding, Author, Sustainability Consultant
- Al Gore, Former Vice President USA
- Bernard Lietaer, Prof. International Finance
- Ta’Kayia Blaney, First Nations activist
For many years, Scheltema worked for Dutch television as a documentary film director, producer, camera person and editor: NOS International Affairs Programme. NOS, NCRV, AVRO, Human TV, TROS, Veronica, IKON, VPRO, and the BOS, Buddhist Broadcasting Station. Many documentaries were co-productions with TV and Non-governmental organizations SNV, UNDP, UNESCO, Amnesty International. Renée has always been focusing on social issues, sustainable development, art and the protection of the environment.
Other documentaries include Happy in Zimbabwe?, Portrait of a Zen couple, and Een Gezelig Gesprek, Portrait of Nicolaas Pierson.
Scheltema's 2009 feature documentary Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What investigates the science behind psychic experiences, featuring top scientists in the US, such as Prof. Charles Tart, Dr. Dean Radin, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, and Hal Puthoff. This award-winning film has been selected at many film festivals, and has been distributed worldwide. Renée also wrote a book called Something Unknown which is available on Amazon. The book has been translated in Dutch, called "Iets Bekends Doet Iets Onverwachts".
Film festivals for Normal is Over The Movie 1.1: New Version, ©2019
Normal Is Over The Movie 1.1
- Fragments Film Festival. June 2019. London, UK
Film festivals for Normal is Over, First version ©2015
Normal Is Over, First version
- Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival Florida, Oct. 2016: Best in Show Award
- Tasmanian Eco Film Festival, 2016: Honorable Mention Award
- Official Selection Cine Eco Film Festival Portugal, Oct. 2016: Grand Environmental Education Prize
- Official Selection Sonoma International Film Festival, April 2017
- Official Selection South African Eco Film Festival, March 2017
- Official Selection Wild and Scenic Film Festival California, Jan 2016
- Official Selection International Environmental Film Festival Spain
- Official Selection Princeton Independent Film Festival
- Official Selection Green Motion Film Festival, Germany, Nov. 2016
- Official Selection Film festival Freiburg, Nov. 2016
- Official Selection International Kuala Lumpur Eco Festival. October 2016
- Official Selection IMFF Rostov, Russia, Aug. 2016
- Official Selection Santa Cruz Film Festival, June 2016
Film festivals for Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What
Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What
- Arizona International Film Festival. April 2009: Special Jury Award for feature documentary
- Santa Fe Film Festival
- Globians Doc Fest Berlin, August 2009
- The Feel Good Film Festival, Los Angeles
- Spirit Quest Film Festival, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
- Silk City Film Festival. http://www.silkcityflickfest.com/
- Durban International Film Festival, South Africa. 2010
- Cosmic Cine Festival. 2012. Germany, http://www.cosmic-cine.com/
Hush, a portrait of artist Tracy Payne
- Asolo Art Filmfestival, 2001
- International Festival for Woman Films, Paris, 2000
- Donostia (Spain): “Seven Days in Burma” a co-production with TV and UNDP and UNESCO
- Monte Carlo: “The Death Penalty”, a coproduction with TV and Amnesty International
- WSSD filmfestival Johannesburg, 2002: “The Bus”, with WWF-Table Mountain Fund and the National Botanical Gardens in South Africa
- European TV Festival of Rel.Progr.Norway: "A Zen couple in the Western Cape"
Scheltema is a professional photographer and has been working for magazines and newspapers in the Netherlands, the United States, and South Africa. She was a member of Gamma Liaison in New York City (now called Getty Images).
Exhibition: "More than Clogs and Tulips": Theo Van Gogh, A unique collection of photographic moments. 2008. Presented by the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town.
Exhibition: Streetkids in Cape Town. Curated by The Homestead
- Bachelor at Law. University of Leiden. Netherlands
- Drs. Criminology. University of Leiden. Netherlands
- M.A. School of Journalism. University of California in Berkeley
- Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What on IMDb
- http://www.somethingunknown.com/scientists.php scientists interviewed for "Something Unknown..."
- http://www.globians.com/ Globians Doc Fest Berlin
- http://www.spiritquestfilmfest.com/ Spirit Quest Film Festival
- http://dbnweb2.ukzn.ac.za/cca/Durban_International_Film_Festival.htm Durban International Film Festival schedule
- http://www.asolofilmfestival.it/ Asolo Art Filmfestival
- Foundation: http://makingofthefuture.org/
- Soon to be called: www.TheNewNormalFoundation.org