INVITATION TO FILMMAKERS
We are pleased to announce a call to independent documentary filmmakers who would like to participate in a week long seminar and retreat in southern Vermont. The Center for Independent Documentary and the Kopkind Center are sponsoring this week-long retreat limited to nine filmmakers along with special invited guests.
July 31st – August 7th, 2011. Treefrog Farm- Guilford, Vermont.
Our theme this year is: YOU!
Each year we pick a theme that threads through our morning seminar sessions and that feeds our viewing and discussions in the evening.
Yes, this is all about YOU! At a time when you’ll hear everyone say that everything is possible and nothing is working, and you feel overwhelmed by everything it takes to make your film, this is the week to finally take the time to assess what filmmaking is to you and what it will take to make you succeed on your terms. Join us to explore the tools you need to succeed and recharge your creative battery with a special brand of “radical relaxation: great films, great food and deep discussions on the art, politics and the plain fun of filmmaking.”
The seminars are organized by Susi Walsh, Executive Director of CID and John Scagliotti, Emmy Award-winning documentary producer and the creator of the public television series, In the Life – now about to begin its 15th season of monthly hour-long programs on news and culture about the gay community. Guest speakers will join throughout the week.
Also, Kopkind hosts its 6th Annual Grassroots Film Festival at the Hooker Dunham Theater (August 5th) and Organ Barn (August 6th) which are open to the public. Guest filmmakers for the festival will also lead the next morning seminar for camp.
How to Apply
Applying for the retreat week is easy. Just write a letter to Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti explaining where you are from, what media work you have done and how you would contribute to the theme of our seminars- and describe briefly the 20-minute visual media you would be bringing to the “film slams.” Send the letter to John Scagliotti (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Susi Walsh (email@example.com). We expect to have more applicants than spaces so please respond as soon as possible. We’ll be putting the group together from your letters around May 30th, which is around the time the deposits are due. We do this so that you can make your summer plans.
Cost + Ammenities
Registration and Non-refundable deposits ($50) for the selected applicants are due by June 10th and full payment is due by July 15th. Deposit and payment checks should be made out to The Center for Independent Documentary and mailed to John Scagliotti, Administrator, Kopkind, 158 Kopkind Rd, Guilford, VT. 05301. Slots are limited, so we recommend an early registration and deposit.
Kopkind and CID are able to offer this camp for filmmakers at such a reduced rate due to the generosity of their supporters. If you would like to help support filmmakers seminar, please contact us!
Questions about the seminars and retreat as well as the Grassroots Film Festival can be attained by emailing John Scagliotti at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also feel free to send this information to others who might want to participate. Thank you.
About Kopkind Filmmakers Retreat
Prior participants of the seminars:
2009 Dean Hamer (Washington, DC), Ann Bennett (NY, New York), Brett Story (Montreal, Canada), Sharon Arkin (Tucson, AZ), Sanford Lewis (Amherst, MA), Matt Gossage (Austin, TX), Kavita Pillay (Cambridge, MA), Betsy Kalin (Los Angeles, CA), Joan Mandell (Detroit, MI)
2008 Erin Sisk, Heather Kapplow, Betsy Kalin, Lynn Cadwallader, Terry Holzgreen, Daniella Broitman, Grace Shulner, Sarah Hesterman, Benedicte Naudin
2007 Nancy Kelly, Savanna Washington, Jonathan Skurnick, Karen Everett, Jim Wolpaw, Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer, Natalie Lardner, Carlyn Saltman and Tim McCarthy.
2006 Joel Katz , Nancy Kates, Robbie Leppzer, Alexandra de Gonzalez, Emily Kunstler, Deb Ellis, Eli Moore, Jenifer Kaplan, Rebecca Snedeker and Savanna Washington.
|Kopkind Center was launched ten years ago as a living memorial to the late journalist Andrew Kopkind, who wrote on politics and culture with a matchless style and depth for national and international publications until his death, in 1994. The project, which brings together journalists and grassroots activists puts on seminars in Guilford VT for its visiting participants in the summer and hosts a number of free public events. Kopkind is a non-profit educational foundation. The Board’s president is renown journalist JoAnn Wypijewski. kopkind.org