2017 Kopkind/CID Film Campers heading to Vermont!

Kopkind at TreefrogThis years Kopkind/CID filmmakers are making their way up to Vermont this week! Looking forward to a great week (July 16-23, 2017) 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 screening of John Scagliotti’s new film BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro! –please join us!  And here are our filmmakers for 2017:

Kelly A. Burkhardt :

Kelly A. Burkhardt is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making and distributing independent cinema for nearly 20 years. As Vice President, Operations with the global distribution company TLA Releasing where Ms. Burkhardt released more than 300 films under her leadership including winning “Independent DVD of the Year” for distributing Gregg Arakki’s Mysterious Skin in 2006. More recently she has shifted focus to the creative side as a writer, director, producer/executive Producer of two award-winning narratives, Miles directed by Nathan Adloff and starring Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser and Beautiful Something starring Colman Domingo (“Fear the Walking Dead”). Her latest project is a documentary about Latina lesbian civil rights leader Gloria Casarez. Ms. Burkhardt is also highly sought-after photographer living in Philadelphia whose work has been featured on NBC News, The Advocate and Philadelphia Magazine.


Lisa D’Apolito:

Lisa is a documentary and commercial director raised in Greenwich Village, NYC. She started out as an actress in film, theater and television including a part in Goodfellas.  Lisa went onto producing, eventually making her way to SVP/EP of Production for FCB an advertising agency where she was responsible for managing the production department.  Lisa has directed numerous awards winning branded content. In 2013, she launched her commercial production company, 3 Faces Films. Her Pro bono clients include Planned Parenthood, New Destiny Housing, Greenwich Village Youth Center and Gilda’s Club (where she fell in love the spirit of Gilda). Her short narrative film “The Gynotician” staring Amber Tambyn & David Cross won several film festival awards. LOVE Gilda was selected to attend the Deal Maker Program at Hotdocs, CID Kopkind Retreat, IFP speed pitch, Sebastopol peer pitch, the Illuminate accelerator lab in Sedona, the Big Sky Pitch and won an A & E Cine Pitch. Love Gilda is Lisa’s first feature documentary film.


Rick Flynn:

Rick is a filmmaker and documentarian based in New York City and Berlin. He holds a master’s degree in Visual Anthropology and Documentary from Germany’s Free Universität. His films break down the boundaries of emotional intimacy and seek to blur the line between the acceptable and the taboo. Rick’s first feature documentary, Golf Alpha Yankee, which is in the final stages of postproduction, chronicles the lives of gay asylum seekers from Iran as they leave everything behind with the hope of receiving permanent resettlement in the West. Rick is also a freelance producer, editor, and consultant in the fields of advertising, independent film, and fundraising. He is a professional musician and vocal coach as well as a trained mountaineer and expedition leader.


Bryan Horch:

Bryan Horch is a filmmaker and American Sign Language Interpreter based in Western Massachusetts.  His work spans topics from LGBTQ issues, human rights and Deaf Culture to comic narrative shorts, music videos and television ads.  Mr. Horch has been awarded two Telly Awards for directing, a Communicator Award for Interactive Design, and a New York Festivals World Medal for directing. Horch has worked on the award winning PBS documentaries, Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement, and History through Deaf Eyes. His most recent projects as director include a documentary about the effects of HIV/ AIDS on post-apartheid Namibia called Crossing Borders, an independent documentary focusing on the daily lives and struggles of a modern-day deaf Cuban family entitled House of Signs, and an ad for Planned Parenthood’s LGBT Out for Health campaign.  His short romantic comedy SPOONERS has won 18 best short film awards around the world including the Golden Space Needle award at the Seattle International Film Festival, Vermont Cineslam, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Queerscreen Australia, and the Barcelona LGBT Film Festival.  Bryan will be presenting the first rough cut of “The Hot and Safe Project,” a short documentary about a group of activists from Toronto and San Francisco who go rogue to make a Safer Sex gay porn film in American Sign Language when they realize that Deaf Gay Men are becoming infected with HIV at alarming rates.


Immy Humes:

Immy Humes is an independent documentary filmmaker and TV producer who is currently working on a film about the groundbreaking American filmmaker Shirley Clarke. Her work addresses underlying social and political themes related to justice, class, gender, and race, in a distinctive voice and often an indirect approach or humor. Her film, Doc, opened at Film Forum and aired on PBS. About her late father, HL “Doc” Humes, it is a political, personal, and cultural tale of mental illness, drugs, and creativity. Critics called it “exquisite,” “fascinating,” “engaging,” nothing short of inspiring… deliciously ironic.” Immy’s first film, A Little Vicious, about an alleged pit bull, was nominated for an Academy Award. She has won a MacDowell Colony fellowship; screenings at MOMA and festivals from Amsterdam to Arkansas; grants from the NEA, NYSCA, Soros, ITVS, NEH, CPB and others. Her work has aired on PBS, NBC News, A&E, National Geographic, Court TV, and Michael Moore’s TV Nation.


Cami Kidder:

A number of years ago, I applied to the Los Angeles Police Department. At the panel interview, the lead interviewer started off with “Well…I told my colleagues we have quite the Renaissance woman here….” She was clearly referring to the fact that my resume reflects many of the different journeys I’ve undertaken in my life. I have been an elf at Santa’s Village, a student, ski instructor, actress, marketing director, student (again), sales representative and filmmaker, but if I had to describe myself only one way, I’d say I’m a storyteller. And I do believe, all my other journeys up to this point have informed and will continue to expand my storytelling as I have more adventures.

I made my first film, a feature-length documentary entitled, STORE in 2004-05. It had a solid festival run winning Best Documentary at both the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival and the Collingsworth Film Festival in 2006. STORE was offered distribution by Maitland Primrose Group after being placed on Moving Pictures Magazine Best Documentaries of 2006 list.

Additionally, I completed my MFA in Documentary Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts in April 2016. My thesis, Bottom of the 9th a short subject documentary is just beginning its festival run. After shooting 3 potential endings for the film over the past 6 months, I am officially in post-production on Throw Like A Girl! And because life isn’t always linear and tidy, I’m also in pre-production on my next project LIVE…r, which may become a documentary short series shot in VR about organ donation. Everyone has at least one story to tell, but we just don’t tell our stories – we live them. Therefore, we need to have new experiences to continue to have stories to tell. I commit fully to a path and follow it until its natural resolution, and when it comes time to move on, I do – usually anyway, sometimes I linger too long, however I feel that this informs and serves my work as a filmmaker, a mentor and a teacher extremely well.


Kimberly McFarland:

Kimberly is a DC-based documentary filmmaker and educator with a passion for character driven, authentic storytelling. Working alongside Meridian Hill Pictures and Sitar Arts Center, Kimberly co-taught the 2015youth documentary film program that created the short film In The Path of My Father which won an Audience Award at NFFTY.  Kimberly’s blend of experience in production and operations allows her to strategically mobilize her artistic vision. Her career in media began as an editorial writer in Singapore at ContentAsia, reporting on broadcast media across the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, Kimberly works as a producer at 522 Productions.


Chris Owen:

Chris Owen is a documentary filmmaker and minister based in the small town of Wilton, New Hampshire. A third-generation educator, and the son of a machinist/artist, Chris’s filmmaking combines his love for learning and his love for creating things. He makes films that are rich in metaphor and suggestive of multiple layers of meaning: films to “see through.” An ordained minister in a progressive Christian denomination (the United Church of Christ), Chris nurtures this commitment by relishing the wisdoms and follies of humanity’s ways of engaging the depth dimensions, the joys and the sorrows, of life. He lives on a stony patch of New England soil with his wife, 2 children, 2 dogs, a cat, several chickens, and a pet steer.


Jeffrey Ruoff:

Jeffrey Ruoff is a nonfiction film historian, documentary filmmaker, and tenured faculty member at Dartmouth College. Lately, his work has focused on film festivals as spaces for alternative media exhibition and debate that boost the public sphere, including his most recent book Telluride in the Film Festival Galaxy (St Andrews, 2016). He has edited two anthologies: Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals (St Andrews, 2012) and Virtual Voyages: Cinema and Travel (Duke, 2006). An American Family: A Televised Life analyses the celebrated 1973 public television documentary series (Minnesota, 2002). In 1998, he co-authored a book published in the United Kingdom, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On, on historical memories of the Pacific War in Japanese cinema. He has contributed Op-Eds to publications such as The Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, The Conversation, and Pacific Standard. His films and videos – including Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty (2012), The Last Vaudevillian: On the Road with Travelogue Filmmaker John Holod (1998), and Hacklebarney Tunes: The Music of Greg Brown (1993, re-released in 2003) – have been shown at festivals and on public television in the United States and abroad. As a full-time professor at Dartmouth, Ruoff teaches videomaking courses in documentary and video art as well as history classes on North African cinema, documentary, ethnographic film, and the French new wave. Jeffrey has received a Fulbright research grant to France, a year-long research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a residential fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. He has lived in France (3 years), the Netherlands, Tunisia, Scotland, and the U.S. He has a BA from Cornell University, an MFA from Temple University, and a PhD from the University of Iowa. His current work-in-progress is a manuscript entitled “Out of the Shadow of Cannes: Film Festivals in France.” In addition to English, Jeffrey speaks French and Italian.