2016 Kopkind/CID Film “Campers ” get ready to head to Vermont!

Kopkind at TreefrogThis years Kopkind/CID filmmakers are making their way up to Vermont! Looking forward to a great week (July 17-24, 2016) workshopping their docs in progress, discussing the great art of filmmaking and sharing in a week of Kopkinds special blend of “radical relaxation”.  We’ll end the week with a FREE screening of James Demo’s new film THE PEACEMAKER in the Organ Barn! (Jim came to camp with the then work in progress in 2010–so we are THRILLED to welcome him back for a special screening–please join us!  And here are our filmmakers for 2016:


Patricia Goudvis:

Pat’s professional career – first as a as a photojournalist and then as an independent filmmaker – has focused on the struggle for human rights and social justice in Central America. She has produced and directed four hour-long documentaries. “Under the Gun: Democracy in Guatemala” (1988, with Robert Richter) examines the difficult transition from military to civilian rule in Guatemala in the mid 1980s. “If the Mango Tree Could Speak” (1993) portrays ten teenagers growing up in the midst of war in Guatemala and El Salvador. “Dirty Secrets: Jennifer, Everardo and the CIA” (1998) follows US lawyer Jennifer Harbury as she uncovers CIA complicity in human rights violations while searching for her husband Everardo, a Guatemala rebel leader. “Goodbye Baby” (2005) explores the controversy over adoptions from Guatemala.

Her current project is the interactive documentary website “When We Were Young/There Was A War.” It continues the stories of the teens portrayed in “If the Mango Tree Could Speak” using then-and-now video footage, as well as ancillary text, photos and video materials, as it explores the Central America civil wars and their aftermaths, highlighting the connections between the people and history of the US and Central America.


Immy Humes:

Immy Humes is a documentary filmmaker from NYC. She is currently working on a film about the life and times of the radical woman filmmaker Shirley Clarke. Immy’s subjects have ranged from pit bulls to Lizzie Borden to long-term unemployment. Her film Doc (95 mins; 2008), about her late father, general novelist and troublemaker HL Humes, aired on PBS’ Independent Lens and premiered at NYC’s Film Forum. Critics used phrases like “a fascinating portrait… lovingly assembled… jam-packed with interviews with notable 20th-century cultural figures” (NY Times); and “nothing short of inspiring… deliciously ironic… a fine film” (NY Sun). Her work has won an Academy Award nomination; screenings at festivals including IDFA, Torino, Big Sky, Margaret Mead, AFI, Florida, Hot Springs, and INPUT; as well as grants and fellowships from MacDowell, Blue Mountain, WIF, the NEA, NYSCA, Jerome, Robeson, Soros (now Sundance), ITVS, NEH, CPB and other funders.


Jamal T. Lewis:

Jamal T. Lewis is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural worker and writer living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Their work interrogates and explores identity formation, loneliness, ugliness, desire(ability), race, class, gender, and sexuality. Their work has been featured in The LA Times, BuzzFeed, TriBeCa, AFROPUNK, and various other distinguished media publications. They are currently in pre-production for their debut documentary film, No Fats, No Femmes. In their free time, Jamal enjoys sleeping, dancing, and laughing with friends.

Paul Moon:

Paul Moon is a filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on music and visual art profiles. He also creates experimental films of cities, landscapes and contemporary dance. He teaches courses on documentary editing to emerging filmmakers, and manages a network of online communities at focuspulling.com that keeps pace with new camera technologies. His body of work includes short and feature-length documentaries, dance films, and experimental cinema, regularly featured at film festivals worldwide. He worked as a small camera specialist for a Paramount feature film starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and as cinematographer for acclaimed director Josephine Decker’s film in “collective:unconscious” that debuted at this year’s South by Southwest Festival. Recent films include “Sitka: A Piano Documentary,” about the craftsmanship of Steinway pianos, and “Quartet for the End of Time,” about Olivier Messiaen’s transcendent wartime composition. He has just completed a feature-length documentary about the life and music of American composer Samuel Barber, and is currently finishing another documentary called “The West” about cowboy poetry, Western folklife, and the American frontier.


Richard Morse:

Richard Morse is a filmmaker and educator. He produces and edits promotional and documentary films. He produced and edited digital video content for J. Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather for over fifteen years in New York City. He started the digital editing cirriculum at the New School University and also taught filmmaking at the School of Visual Art in New York City. Currently, he teaches digital filmmaking at York County and Northern Essex Community Colleges. Richard is an avid backcountry skier and instructs and guides clients at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort part time in Wyoming. He lives in York, Maine with his daughter.


Jonathan Schwartz:

Historical and anthropological filmmaker Jonathan Schwartz delivers high end, artistic docs and short narratives on international environmental and human rights issues. After working on features as crew, he founded Interlock Media, contributed regularly to National Public Radio (All Things Considered). His films and feature pieces, include Tunnel Visions,(WGBH-TV) Shrimp Fever (with Grenada TV, UK), Rain Forests: Proving Their Worth ( WGBH-PBS), Jaguar Trax,Turned Out,( BBC Channel 4, etc) Faith in the Big House ( WGBH World PBS and NETA-PBS, have aired on two dozen television networks worldwide, including CBC (Canada), BBC (UK), SBS (Australia) and NHK (Japan). He’s a single dad, works too much, and has been dying to go on this working retreat for years.


Savanna Washington :

Savanna received her M.F.A. in Directing from City College in New York. While attending City College she was awarded a Colin Powell Graduate Fellowship, the first filmmaker to be honored. As a community activist and activist educator, Savanna has used her life to effect change. Ms. Washington has over 15 years experience as a writer, director, and activist. As part of her activism, she was the Founding & Managing Editor of the Adams Avenue Herald, a community newspaper in San Diego. She was awarded a Puffin Grant for her film work on urban greening and in 2013 awarded a production grant from the Colin L. Powell Center’s Korean Issues & Insights Endowment for her current documentary, “Playing Frisbee in North Korea.” She is currently an Associate Professor at City University of New York, teaching Video Arts Production, Screenwriting, and Intro to Contemporary Media. She resides in Harlem.


Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams is a writer, director, educator and artist who has facilitated community-based arts and cultural development projects for the past twenty-five years in Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma and North Carolina. As co-founder of Serpent Child Productions, she has worked with a wide range of population groups, in a variety of media, to create art that helps people tell their own story. She currently shoots and edits short digital stories for artists, entrepreneurs and nonprofits with Mountain Girl Media. She is directing her first documentary film, Blanket Town: The Rise and Fall of An American Mill Town, about the Beacon Blanket Mill and the people who worked there. Described as the “big red thumping heart” of Swannanoa, North Carolina, Beacon was once the largest manufacturer of blankets in the world. Blanket Town looks at the complex legacy of textiles in the south and what happens to a small mountain community when it loses its manufacturing base and its heart.


Debra A. Wilson made her national debut with her film Butch Mystique, which she wrote and directed. The film has been screened in more than 30 film festivals worldwide and has won Jury and Audience Awards as well as Showtime’s Black Filmmakers Showcase. After receiving a grant from Showtime she directed her next documentary Jumpin’ the Broom that also premiered on Showtime. Debra is an award winning location scout/manager. She has worked on such projects as MILK, Fruitvale Station, HBO series LOOKING, Netfllix series Sense8, and in 2016 ABC’s miniseries When We Rise. Debra co-produced the award-winning feature film Mississippi Damned. She has produced two ITVS Futurstates Crossover and Ant. In 2015, Debra received the National MediaMaker Fellows award for her feature documentary A State of Mind.

Debra holds a B.A. in Television/Film Production from Cal-State University at Northridge.


About Kopkind Filmmakers Retreat

Annie Berman of WIFV/NE reflects on her 2010 experience: documentaries.org
Radical Relaxation from NAMAC by JoAnn Wypijewski: namac.org

Prior participants of the seminars:

2015: Katherine “Kat” Cheairs, Ben Pender-Cudlip, Nancy Kates. Helen De Michiel, Cyn Lubow, Torrie Rosenzweig, Tal Skloot, Martha Swetzoff, Keil Troisi, Monica Wise, Jim Wolpaw

2014 Alex Halkin, Bill Lichtenstein, Roberto Mighty, Derek Burrows, Lydia Harris, Scott Ryan, Lisa D’Apolito, Indrani Kopal, Tracy Heather-Strain, Melissa Langer, Michaela O’Brien.  Read 2014 participant bios HERE

2013 Casey Callister, Laurel Chiten, Lisa Leeman, Andrea Meyerson, Meaghan Murphy, Maureen McNamara, David Pavlovsky, Vandana Sood-Gittings, Robin Truesdale, Irene Zabytko

2012 Jenny Alexander, Helen DiMichel, Alexandra DeGonzalez, Maryanne Galvin, Bob Nesson, Michael Rossi, Emmy Scharlatt, David Tames, Bruce Weaver, Lise Zumwalt  Read 2012 participants bios HERE

2011 Jesse Freeston, David A. Goldenberg, Jonathan Goldman, Lily Keber, Jan Krawitz, Pearl J Park, Marilyn Pennell, Karen Schoucair, Julia Haslett
Martha Swetzoff. http://documentaries.org/newsevents/kopkind-2011-filmmakers/

2010 Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider (San Francisco), James Demo (Boston), Susan Rivo (Boston), Annie Berman (New York), Ben Actenberg (Boston), Jesse Achtenberg (Washington DC), Gabriela Bohm (Los Angeles), Andrea Torrice (Cincinnati), Woody Bovota (Cape Cod)

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 Skurnik, 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.

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