Kopkind Retreat 2012 Filmmakers Announced

We are delighted to announce the filmmakers attending this year’s CID / Kopkind Filmmakers Retreat & Seminars in Guilford, VT.
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2012 brings us a wonderful group of filmmakers with a diverse range of documentary film works and backgrounds.
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Look for information soon on the Kopkind Grassroots Film Festival, which takes place during the retreat – on Friday and Saturday, August 10th & 11th. The screenings are open to the public with the filmmakers in attendance.
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Meet the Filmmakers:

JENNY ALEXANDER
Jenny Alexander is a Boston based filmmaker who currently works at Northern Light Productions as a Director/Producer. In that capacity she has produced and directed Stories from the Laogai- short portrait films of ex-political prisoners of China’s prisons and forced labor “Laogai” system. The portraits are on exhibit at the Laogai Museum in Washington, D.C. She is currently producer for a one hour documentary on Whitey Bulger for Discovery ID. She is also working on her own new documentary, The Vigil. The Vigil is a documentary film about a small group of immigrant women who, armed with their faith and traditions, set out to stop America’s most controversial immigration law.

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HELEN DEMICHEL
Helen De Michiel is a Bay Area-based director, writer and producer whose work includes film, television, media installation and new media. She has created several award-winning independent documentary and dramatic works, including “Turn Here Sweet Corn,” “Tarantella,” and “The Gender Chip Project.” She produced “The Independents” and “Alive TV” series for public television, created community media projects with youth, and continues to write regularly about issues in the media field, including Open Space Documentary, which will appear in the forthcoming British Film Institute’s Companion to Documentary anthology. Her work is included in several museums around the country.

From 1996 – 2010 Helen served as the National Director and Co-Director for NAMAC, The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. From 2002-2007 she served on the Board of Directors and awards jury for The George F. Peabody Awards for Electronic Media. In Fall 2011 she joined the University of Oregon as a Visiting Scholar in the Arts & Administration Program. Her current transmedia project, Lunch Love Community, is a multiplatform documentary exploring food system reform through the lens of the Berkeley School Lunch Initiative and how a community came together to change the way children eat. Helen lives in Berkeley with her family and two cats.

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ALEXANDRA DE GONZALEZ
Alexandra de Gonzalez is an editor and documentary filmmaker whose work on award-winning programs spans over a decade, and several continents. Currently, she is working on several independent projects and editing freelance for MIT, having recently returned from a few years living and working abroad in New Zealand. Her last major editing gig featured the first roller derby league in New Zealand, several music videos, and a behind the scenes look at the making of a album by Neil Finn & friends for the non-profit, Oxfam. Previous to New Zealand, she worked in Boston on projects such as the award winning documentary, “Hyman Bloom, the Beauty of All Things”, NOVA’s “The Four-Winged Dinosaur”, “Enlighten Up- A Yoga Story”, PBS’s American Masters, “Woody Guthrie: Ain’t Got No Home”, and PBS’s American Experience, “Building the Alaska Highway”. Her documentary credits also include the Peabody award winning series I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts, “Earth University, Costa Rica” and “International Crane Foundation, China”. During her spare time, she works on a personal film about her East German mother, which explores parallels, identity, obstacles and scaling walls and freedom. She hopes to continue working on independent documentaries, and pursue her passion for music, traveling, and languages.

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MARYANNE GALVIN
Maryanne Galvin is a documentary filmmaker as well as a practicing forensic psychologist in Boston, Massachusetts. Her films have won awards at film festivals in the USA and abroad, and have been broadcast and distributed widely. Galvin has also written, directed, and produced three educational training videos for mental health and law enforcement professionals. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a licensed and Board Certified (ABPP/Counseling) psychologist. She also earned the MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College, Boston. Galvin has received continuous recertification as a BRA Artist (Boston Redevelopment Association) and has served as a mentor with the Women in Film/Video New England. Filmmaker, forensic psychologist, educator and entrepreneur – Galvin uses her background in psychology/behavioral science and creative writing to inform her visual story telling. She is committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and to using media as a tool to stimulate critical thinking at all stages of life. Galvin’s 2011Urban Odyssey, blends several areas of interest for the filmmaker: environment, community improvement, children and youth, aging, and health. www.mgproductions.biz

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BOB NESSON
Bob has been working as a filmmaker for a long time, principally in documentary. He runs a small company that does commissioned projects, but his personal filmmaking is increasingly important to him. His early work includes films that explore how cities evolve over time [Building Boston] or the systems that enable them to function [Waterworks]. Several examine the lives of artists – It is Memory, about a sculptor who is the last surviving artist of the Warsaw Ghetto; A Bridge Between Cultures, about the creative struggle between two sculptors –a Chinese and an American– as they collaborate over barriers of language and style. Some of his films look at political struggles or the conditions that result from them [Afghanistan: Between Three Worlds]. Other work includes series for television [Anyplace Wild, and All Bird TV for PBS] and works for hire [Interchange, a 64-part ESL series for Cambridge University Press]. Issues of contemporary importance have deep personal meaning to him – public transportation, environment and health, politics. Most of his current work falls in this area – specifically, the film he’d like to work on at the retreat: Wenzday [working title]. This short doc is about a woman who rose from a childhood of poverty, learned to weld and fabricate metal, and is today running a paradigm-shifting business that uses human-powered vehicles [which she designs and builds] as an alternative to cars and trucks. He is also an adjunct professor at Emerson College and his courses include Documentary for Social Action, Filmmaking and the Environment, and Urban Studies and Filmmaking.

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MICHAEL ROSSI
Michael is an independent producer of documentary film and non-fiction television. He has spent the last twelve years producing, directing, shooting, and editing on national programs for public television. In 2012, Rossi received an Emmy Award for his work as Coordinating Producer of the children’s engineering series Design Squad Nation, which premiered nationally on PBS in January 2011. His production credits for American Experience include: Building the Alaska Highway, The Gold Rush (winner of the 2007 Erik Barnouw Award), and We Shall Remain, a five-part television series and multimedia project on Native American history. In 2011 he served as an embedded filmmaker on the Student Freedom Ride for American Experience. He also worked on The War That Made America, a four-hour PBS series about the French and Indian War. Rossi’s credits for Frontline include The Silence, a thirty-minute documentary, which traces the healing between the small, Yup’ik village of St. Michael, Alaska and the Catholic Church in the devastating aftermath of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests in the 1960s and 1970s.

Rossi’s career at PBS began in the Educational Programming department at WGBH Boston, and he has done a variety of freelance production work on documentaries, feature films, television shows, music videos, and commercials. Rossi completed the B.A./M.A. program in U.S. History at Boston College, where he has guest-lectured for the Black Studies course Eyes on the Prize.

Rossi lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife. His company, Rossi Films, helps clients realize their storytelling potential through cinematic, character-driven documentary films. Currently, Rossi is producing and directing The Master Palindromist, a feature length documentary about Barry Duncan, a self-proclaimed master of reversibility honing his skills in an effort to reassess his life, and possibly change the world. You can learn more about his work at www.rossifilms.com and view a short teaser/trailer for the film at www.masterpalindromist.com.

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EMMY SCHARLATT
Emmy Scharlatt, Producer/Director, started her film career as an assistant editor in Hollywood. Her feature film credits include: Year of The Dragon; Karate Kid II; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; Steel Magnolias. She has worked as an editor, researcher, writer, and producer on documentaries and feature films since 1982. She edited Taino Maida’s Peace is Every Step, The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hahn, and was a Consulting Editor and Associate Producer on Mark Eisner’s film on the life of Pablo Neruda, The Poets Calling. Emmy co-produced Four Questions For A Rabbi by Stacey Ross and Jay Rosenblatt, an 11-minute film that won the Directors Cut award at the 2008 Black Maria film festival. In the Image, a documentary about a group of Palestinian women activists in the West Bank is her directorial debut. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Francisco State University.

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DAVID TAMES

David has worked on a wide range of independent film and new media projects as producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. He teaches documentary production classes at MassArt and developed the curriculum for a new Documentary Production Certificate. David earned an MS in Media Arts & Sciences from MIT and an MFA from MassArt. His work includes the award-winning Smile Boston Project (2007), Remembering John Marshall (2006), and The David Hamilton Smith Story (2012). David is currently co-directing a new documentary , Abattoir Rising with Audrey Kali in which Kali, a former vegan, struggles with questions about the consumption and humane slaughter of locally raised animals.

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BRUCE WEAVER
Bruce Weaver is a visual storyteller who specializes in short films and online cinema with a focus on deep ecology, sustainability and human potential. He has produced and directed a variety of DVD productions for independent bands, and Internet TV. He produced, shot and edited an independent feature documentary entitled; “Dance with Destiny.”  He has created a video blog portal, http://www.bravenewearth.com, an eco-based videoblog which is aimed at utilizing backpack broadcasting techniques to keep content real, and current. He and his wife Tarini currently live on Lummi Island Washington. Bruce is a graduate of Vancouver Film School, where he attended on a full scholarship after being awarded first-place in a scholarship competition.

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LISE ZUMWALT

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Lise Zumwalt has produced, written and edited films for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVISION, PBS, WNET, BBC, NBC, THE HISTORY CHANNEL and the DISCOVERY CHANNEL on series including NATURE, NOVA, WIDE ANGLE, WHO CARES ABOUT GIRLS, AMERICAN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER & LOCKDOWN and has won 14 awards for her work. Highlights include, SEX WORKERS OR VICTIMS, an investigation into the domestic sex trade of teenage girls with reporter Lisa Ling, (Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary ML), IN-BETWEEN, innovative segments about the economy from mainstreamers like Nouriel Roubini to outsiders like Rev. Billy Thalen and the Emmy-nominated INSIDE THE SECRET SERVICE. THAT’S CRAZY , now in production, is a complete departure from all previous work and is Lise’s first feature project.

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