Kopkind 2010 Campers Announced

The Kopkind Colony and Center for Independent Documentary are thrilled to confirm attendees for the 2010 Filmmakers Retreat.
Sunday August 1st – 8th at Tree Frog Farm in Guilford, Vermont.
Meet the Filmmakers:

Ken Schneider
Ken Schneider is a producer, editor, and sound recordist for PatchWorks films. He is also an accomplished freelance editor whose credits include award-winning documentaries on a broad range of subjects, from art and literature to war and peace, immigration, disability and social justice. Ken co-edited the feature documentary Regret To Inform, winner of the Peabody Award, Indie Spirit Award and Sundance Film Festival Directing award, as well as the IDA Award for most distinctive use of archival footage. Regret also was nominated for an Academy Award and a National Emmy. Other editing credits include Bolinao 52 about Vietnamese boat refugees; the PBS American Masters specials Orozco: Man of Fire and Ralph Ellison: An American Journey; P.O.V. special Freedom Machines, about the convergence of disability, technology and civil rights; PBS primetime special The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It, which aired on Martin Luther King’s birthday and won best historical documentary awards from both the American Historical Association and Organization of American Historians; PBS special and Golden Gate award-winner Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town; Frontline’s Columbia-Dupont Award winning School Colors, a look at integration and segregation 40 years after Brown v. Board of Education; and Ancestors in the Americas, Part 2: Pioneers in the American West, about the Chinese-American experience.

Marcia Jarmel
Marcia Jarmel founded PatchWorks with Ken Schneider in 1994. She has been producing and directing documentaries for over 15 years. Her best-known work is the ITVS-funded Born in the U.S.A., which aired on the PBS series Independent Lens and was hailed as the “best film on childbirth” by the former director of maternal health at the World Health Organization. The documentary has been used to educate hundreds about childbirth options, and to lobby legislators to reform midwifery laws. Nine years after its national broadcast, Born in the U.S.A. continues to engage families, communities, and health care professionals. Marcia’s other films include Collateral Damage, a mother’s lament about the human costs of war that screened worldwide in theatres, museums, festivals and schools as part of Underground Zero: Filmmakers Respond to 9/11. Her Return of Sarah’s Daughters examines the allure of Orthodox Judaism to secular young women. The hour-long documentary won a CINE Golden Eagle, National Educational Media Network Gold Apple, and 1st Place in the Jewish Video Competition. It screened on international public television, and at the American Cinematheque, International Documentary Film Festival, Women in the Director’s Chair, Cinequest and numerous other film festivals. Her first film, The F Word: A short video about Feminism uses whimsical animation and interviews to foster discussion on this so-called contentious topic. Still in distribution after 15 years with Women Make Movies, The F Word screened on KQED’s Living Room Festival, AFI’s VideoFest, and the Judy Chicago film series at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

James Demo
From Jim: “I am from Watertown, Massachusetts. I have made several films, my last film being First Time Long Time, a short comedy starring John Savage and Amanda Plummer. My current film is called The Peacemaker and it is a documentary about the Irish peace negotiator Padriag O’Malley. I should have a fundraising trailer by the time of the seminar to show for the slam and I would be happy to bring along First Time Long Time as well. I enjoy talking about the challenges of filmmaking and I am sure there will be a lot that I can learn while offering some of my own experiences. Being in production on a complicated documentary, the dialog on “you” seems like a great opportunity to continue to develop my voice as a filmmaker.”

Susan Rivo
From Susan: “I am a filmmaker currently working on two separate political/historical documentaries. The first, Left on Pearl: Women Take Over 888 Memorial Drive, produced by the 888 Women’s History Project, has received funding from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Puffin Foundation. Left on Pearl is about the 1971 of a Harvard-owned building by hundreds of women who occupied it for ten days, demanding a women’s center and low-income housing for Riverside (Cambridge) residents being displaced by Harvard’s rapid expansion. The takeover led to the founding of the Cambridge Women’s Center, which is the oldest continuously operating women’s center in the country. My other project, Guardians of the City which is in post-production, has received funding from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Fund for Jewish Documentary filmmaking. Guardians of the City is a documentary about religious Jewish attitudes toward Zionism and the State of Israel. It explores how theological views on exile and redemption have galvanized both passionate support for, and vehement opposition to, the establishment of the State of Israel among religious Jews. My previous work in film and video includes the award winning, AMY, an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at over twenty other festivals and was broadcast on a number of PBS stations including WNET in NYC and on Czech Republic Television.

Other directing/producing credits include: The Spirit, The Struggle and the Songs: Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; Harvard Contract 2001 for the Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Local 26, and The Safest Four Walls, for Jewish Family and Children’s Services AIDS project. I also shot and edited all video assets for a National Institutes of Health-funded “ELGAN” instructional CD Rom in Pediatric Neurology.

Annie Berman
Annie Berman is an independent filmmaker who has quite possibly grown obsessed with pop iconography. Her most recent film, The Faithful, explores the images and representations of Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, and Princess Diana. Her past films include You Can’t Evict the Spirit, I Wear a Tie to Work, Gold, Gray Card, and Final Attempt #3. She has taught workshops in Super-8 filmmaking, nonlinear editing, animation, and social media, and has screened her work at galleries and universities. Annie is the founder of Fish in the Hand Productions and President of the Board of Women in Film and Video New England (WIFV/NE).

Ben Achtenberg
“I am an independent documentary filmmaker of 30+ years’ experience and, until recently, a film distributor (Fanlight Productions). My film, Code Gray, was an Oscar nominee a very long time ago, and I’ve won a bunch of CINE Golden Eagles and other awards over the years. A lot of my work has focused on things like healthcare ethics, end-of-life, homelessness, disabilities, etc. For about 3-4 years I’ve been producing a short film about immigrant survivors of torture and the people who work with them: Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture. Along with the film, we’ve created a resource-heavy project website and a new blog. The film is mostly shot, and I’m editing over this summer and into the fall. I hope that this will be the first of several films on related issues; my primary reason for selling Fanlight was to work on the project fulltime. So far the film has been basically self-financed. Some issues I’ll be interested in discussing: the lack of support for films that are not intended for broadcast or theatrical release; what happens to all the long-form docs that don’t make it in those venues; must all films be “character driven”; at a time when it’s so cheap to make a film, why have they gotten so expensive?”

Jesse Achtenberg
This is from Jesse: “I am a cinematographer, editor, and producer working in the Washington, DC market for the last 10 years. I currently work for New Media Mill LLC producing films for non-profit clients such as Save Darfur Coalition and Carnegie Institute for Peace. Building on my previous experience exploring my favorite subject – wildlife and nature – at National Geographic and the Smithsonian Zoo, I’m embarking on my first independent documentary, about wildlife in the urban ecosystem. I have mostly completed shooting and am hoping to have something to show for the retreat. In my work I feel like I have often skated the edge between “low-budget” and “no-budget” filmmaking. I’m especially interested in discussing ideas on using social networking to raise money and publicity, and even to build content on the cheap.”

Gabriela Bohm
From Gabriela: “I am Gabriela Böhm, a documentary filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a resident of Tel Aviv, Israel, I
have been in the United States for 24 years. During the last decade, I’ve concentrated on making films exploring issues of identity, specifically Jewish and Latino identity. I believe that to bring a unique tone and passion to my work, I must engage my own unique voice. Over the years, this journey of self- discovery — inspired by my own legacy — has helped me fine-tune my path and bring me closer to my ‘true’ artistic sensibility. In my first feature, Passages, I embarked on a three-month, four- continent journey while a single pregnant woman to uncover long- harbored family mysteries. My odyssey through Eastern Europe, Israel, South America, and the United States took me to the places that shaped my parents’ lives, for better or worse, and the homes of my surviving family members, who I persuaded to tell me their stories.  My next feature film was The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of SouthAmerica. A small group of South Americans long to affirm their ffaith. Their ancestors — European Jews — were forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition. Isolated in Catholic countries, rejected by local Jewish communities, they battle to become Jews regardless of the consequences. The Longing, set in Ecuador, tells the story of their attempt to regain their birthright, the challenges, disappointments and ultimately, their enduring faith.”

“The past year, I have been researching a new project, Meideles of the Night: Jewish Sexual Slaves. This documentary will chronicle theextraordinary story of Sophia Chamys — one of many poor shtetl girls tricked into “fake marriages” and sold by their “husbands” into sexual slavery. Sophia died at 18, poor and sick, in a South American brothel. Enticed or kidnapped in 20th century Eastern Europe, young marginalized Jewish women were transported to South America, where they were sexually exploited by the international Jewish flesh merchants — the Zwi Migdal —which operated more than 3,000 international brothels from the 1860s till 1930s. Their story and Sophia’s have resonance today.”

Andrea Torrice
From Andrea: “As background, I have been a social issue media maker for 20 years, started out as a health and environment advocate in the Bay Area of California, learned basic video production via public access, and gradually tweaked my skills to broadcast and national PBS. Some of the award winning documentaries I have produced include: Large Dams, False Promises, which examines large dam projects in India, China and Brazil; Forsaken Cries, the Story of Rwanda, which examines the historic colonial factors on the 1994 genocide; Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Island; and just released The New Metropolis, which examinees the social and economic costs of sprawl development in the US, and is currently airing on PBS affiliates. I also make videos for educational, non profits and unions to survive, as we all know, producing documentaries rarely makes ends meet.”

Woody Bovota
From Woody: “For close to forty years I have made the entertainment business my career. Twenty-seven of those years I traveled the globe working as a lighting director and designer with world class musicians. Since the year 2000 I have completed over one hundred forty-five video productions, while working as a camera operator, director/producer and writer. My latest screenplay is, Power of Purpose, a melodrama with an underlying theme of Suicide prevention. The mission of the film Power of Purpose is to bring the ideology behind Suicide and how depression impacts this devastating subject, to the mainstream public utilizing film as a media.  For the 20-minutes “film slams”, Wisdom of the Eighties, is a documentary that follows six woman artists that are in their eighties and nineties. Each of their unique lives and artwork throughout their careers is presented. The film was an Official Selection in the Woods Hole Film Festival. Also I began a Face Book group by the name of Filmmakers Unite. The group was begun to help both the seasoned professional in networking and the novice filmmaker with advice and inspiration. In the short year that Filmmakers Unite has been in existence we have facilitated several films around the globe and the group is now closing in on 5000 members.