A huge thank you to our 2018 Kopkind CID Campers!

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Desireena Almoradie is a queer immigrant filmmaker born in Manila and living in NYC since the age of 11. In her works, she explores collective history and the representation of marginalized communities, especially as it pertains to LGBT and people of color. A graduate of NYU’s film program and its Interactive Telecommunications Program, she was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 and won a GLAAD Media Award in 2009 for her work with the seminal LGBT television program In the Life on PBS. Her films and interactive video installations have shown at MIX NYC, Queens Museum of Art, and the British Film Institute, among other venues. Most recently she received an NYSCA Individual Artist Grant for the feature documentary “To Germany, With Love", which is currently in post-production.

For 30 years John Antonelli (director/producer), and his company The Mill Valley Film Group, have been producing award-winning documentary and educational projects for theatrical distribution, cable TV, PBS, syndication and for a variety of corporate clients. Antonelli's Sam Cooke: Crossing Over was funded by ITVS and premiered on PBS's American Masters in 2010. The series garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. The New Environmentalists, a half-hour program narrated by Robert Redford, features stories of grass roots activists from around the world. The program airs on PBS and The Sundance Channel and has screened at film festivals from Barcelona to New Zealand. Antonelli is a producer, writer and editor. The program has won three regional Emmy Awards. Angle of Inspiration: Santiago Calatrava's Sundial Bridge is a half-hour documentary that explores the symbiosis between a world class architect and a small Northern California city when the visionary artist introduces the residents to one of his futuristic designs. This program aired on  PBS stations across the country and was also honored at several international film festivals. Antonelli produced and directed. The film is available on Netflix. Antonelli's feature-length film Kerouac: King of the Beats has played theatrically in every major city in the U.S. and Canada and was distributed theatrically by October Films. It was recently rereleased on HD Blu Ray by Kultur International Films. It was broadcast to critical acclaim on the Arts &Entertainment Network, PBS, The Learning Channel and in a number of major European markets. The film was nominated for best feature-length documentary at the Sundance festival and was awarded a Blue Ribbon from the American Film Festival for Best Feature Length Film, as well as the award for Best Film from Northern California at the National Educational Film Festival.

Ann Bennett is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer. She produced the NAACP Image Award winning PBS feature documentary, "Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People"; as well as the multi-platform community engagement initiative, "Digital Diaspora Family Reunion"; (DDFR). Bennet's film credits include; "Citizen King"; and "Fisk Jubilee Singers"; for the PBS series "American Experience";, "Hymn for Alvin Ailey" for "Dance in America", and the award winning PBS mini-series; "Africans in America"; and "America's War on Poverty".  Bennett is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard College.

Edgar Bültemeyer is co-founder and original partner in AV Baby Media Studios in Graz, Austria, an upscale full service production facility featuring film-studio, sound mastering studio, color grading suite and attached co-working spaces. Edgar co-founded in collaboration with Betsy Pool, The Institute for the Mythology of Humanity, working as Visual Narrative Designer, IT specialist and facilitating the practical production and post production elements in their collaboration on the web series “Confessions of a Time Monk.” Edgar has an extensive background in IT and software development. In addition to shooting and editing, Edgar and will also facilitate the web platforms for “SEX+50.”

Jon Crawford is currently a Producer with Adecco on site at Google, where he works with the Global Learning and Design team to infuse narrative into learning based media. He holds an MFA from UCLA TFT and in September he will be a Filmmaker in Residence at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the former show-runner of the National Public Television show, Mineral Explorers, airing on PBS stations. His first feature doc, Pink Houses, which follows a gay couple in Huckabee era Arkansas, won a StoneWall Award. He has created content for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, had short narrative films accepted to festivals around the world and is curated on websites like Short of the Week.   He is producing several independent documentaries: Inkapahuayta the story of Peruvian miners who hope to reignite a local economy, but are met with tragic consequences. Pomp, which he is also directing is a documentary about the importance and power of pipe organs. He is also directing, Masters of Disaster a documentary about high profile careers of tort lawyers, produced by Jack Lofton (HBO, Anne Richards). He is also producing, The Hippie Outlaw which follows the life of a crop duster turned drug runner who finds himself in one of largest scandals in American history.  Jon is a Film Independent Fellow, Smithsonian's History in Film Emerging Filmmaker, Point Foundation Finalist, and Founding Board Member of the Arkansas Cinema Society.

Immy Humes is currently working on a film about filmmaker Shirley Clarke. Immy's feature documentary, “Doc” (2008), was a political, personal, and cultural tale of mental illness, drugs, and creativity, a portrait of her late father, HL “Doc” Humes (who was
friends with Clarke). Critics called it “exquisite,” “fascinating,” “engaging,” “nothing short of inspiring… deliciously ironic.” “Doc” opened at Film Forum and aired on PBS. She has worked in TV and film documentary, creating many films on an eclectic variety of subjects from murderers to parents, often with a dry humor and ironic tone. Her first film, “A Little Vicious,” about an allegedly criminal pit bull, was nominated for an Academy Award. She has won residencies from MacDowell, Blue Mountain, and Mass MoCA; screenings at MOMA and in festivals from Amsterdam to Arkansas; grants from the NEA, NYSCA, Soros, ITVS, NEH, CPB and broadcasts on PBS, NBC News, A&E, National Geographic, and Michael Moore’s TV Nation.

Laurie Kahn, Director/Producer/Writer, is devoted to bringing the lives and work of compelling women to the screen.  Her films have won major awards, been shown on PBS primetime, broadcast around the world, screened at prominent museums, and used widely in university classrooms and community groups. Her first film, A Midwife’s Tale, was based on Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's Pulitzer Prize-winning book.  It won film festival awards and a primetime EMMY for Outstanding Non-Fiction. Her film TUPPERWARE! won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for the primetime EMMY for Nonfiction Directing.  Her most recent film, Love Between the Covers, has received glowing reviews worldwide and five stars at Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes.  In 2000, Laurie produced an award-winning interactive website, DoHistory.org. Before she founded her own production company, she worked onEyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965, The American Experience, Frontline's four-hour series Crisis in Central America, All Things Considered, and Time Out. Many years ago, she taught philosophy. And she has been a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University since 2004.

Daniel Lovering is a writer, photographer and award-winning documentary filmmaker. His first feature-length documentary, “Through the Place,” won the Best Architecture Film award at the 2016 New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Festival Director’s Award at the Queen City Film Festival in Cumberland, Maryland. An experienced journalist, Daniel has reported from more than a dozen countries. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist and Foreign Policy, among other publications. Daniel worked for eight years as a staff writer for The Associated Press in Asia and the United States, reporting on subjects ranging from business and politics to war and natural disasters. He began his career in film and television production, working as an intern on the children’s television series “Bill Nye, the Science Guy.”

Director of “Waking Famagusta” and Founder/Director of The Famagusta Ecocity Project; A painter originally, Vasia Markides completed her first documentary short in 2008. Hidden in the Sand is a chronicle of her mother’s hometown under Turkish occupation, which is now off limits within the six square kilometer fenced off abandoned district of Varosha. Hidden in the Sand has screened in venues and festivals across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Germany, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, France and Portugal. As a video producer, Vasia has worked with clients such as Oxfam America, Global Nomads Group and other human rights organizations. After launching the Famagusta Ecocity Project and directing a documentary about the effort, her team’s work gained worldwide media attention.  In addition to working on her personal projects, she freelances as a filmmaker and video producer in Maine, New York City, and Cyprus.

“Sex+50” marks Betsy Pool’s directorial debut.  Pool comes from an extensive production background in theatre, television, filmmaking, and transmedia. Highlights include her role as the American Lighting designer for the Broadway premier and for all
initial companies worldwide of Les Misérables; a stint in the directing department of “Law and Order;” writing and producing 1997 SHINE Media best picture, “The Unknown Cyclist;” first place in the Diane Thomas screenwriting awards for “EnChant;” participation in the inaugural Torino Film Lab Writer’s Room on a Michel Reilhac project; and founding of a transmedia storytelling strategy in collaboration with Starlight Runner Entertainment, for the world renowned spiritual eco-community, The Federation of Damanhur, in Italy. Pool is both entrepreneur and activist. She and her husband are part of a coalition of activists who meet yearly for "Global Love School" in the peace community of Tamera in Portugal. Their collective work is shared through a platform called “Terra Nova: Global Revolution and the Healing of Love.” Pool also works in the movement “Defend the Sacred,” as part of a core group of activists—movement leaders, Indigenous elders, including the leaders of Standing Rock, and youth from 40 countries. Their aim is the reconciliation of Indigenous wisdom with futuristic thinking.  She is the founder of The Institute for the Mythology of Humanity and hosts the YouTube series “Confessions of a Time Monk.”

Imagine: you, your film or work-in-progress, and a week in a bucolic setting with other filmmakers. Film screenings in the barn, problem solving in the hot tub, networking at the swimming hole, conquering Kickstarter over coffee on the deck... 


Yes, this is all about YOU! At a time when 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 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.

Plan on bringing 20 minutes of your work to share - either a work-in-progress or one that you’ve recently completed for brainstorming, problem solving, and deep discussion. 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 – the monthly hour-long program on news and culture about the gay community. Guest speakers will join throughout the week.


How to Apply

Applying for the retreat week is easy. Just write to Susi Walsh (susi@documentaries.org) and John Scagliotti (stonewal@sover.net) and tell us something about you and what you might want to “workshop” that week (plan to screen 20-30 minutes of either a work-in-progress or completed piece). 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 in June,  which is around the time the deposits are due. We do this so that you can make your summer plans.



Cost and Amenities

The costs for filmmakers participating for the week is $350 per person.


This includes: a single cabin room for 7 nights (shared bathroom facilities), clean linens and towels, continental breakfasts, buffet lunches, sit-down family style dinners, afternoon excursions to swimming holes and country outings, pick-up from the bus or train station in Brattleboro, Vermont, and programmed morning seminars. Wireless internet is available. Participants are asked to bring 20-minutes of their media for evening film screenings in the Organ Barn and seminars on the deck in the morning. Participants will be responsible for their travel to Treefrog Farm in Guilford or to a public transportation pick-up spot in Brattleboro, Vermont. Once registered, more information will be emailed to you including suggested items to bring and directions. Note: while afternoon excursions are planned, you can use this as free time if you wish or as Kopkind calls it – “radical relaxation.”

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' seminars, please contact us!

Questions about the seminars/retreat or the Grassroots Film Festival? Email John Scagliotti at stonewal@sover.net. Also feel free to send this information to others who might want to participate!

*Annie Berman of WIFV/NE reflects on her 2010 experience
*Radical Relaxation from NAMAC by JoAnn Wypijewski

Prior Participants:

2017: Kelly A. Burkhardt, Lisa D'Apolito, Rick Flynn, Bryan Horch, Immy Humes, Cami Kidder, Chris Owen, Jeffrey Ruoff

2016: Patricia Goudvis,  Immy Humes, Jamal T. Lewis, Paul Moon, Richard Morse, Jonathan Schwartz, Savanna Washington, Rebecca Williams, Debra A. Wilson – Read the 2016 participant bios HERE

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

2011: Jesse Freeston, David A. Goldenberg, Jonathan Goldman, Lily Keber, Jan Krawitz, Pearl J Park, Marilyn Pennell, Karen Schoucair, Julia Haslett, Martha Swetzoff

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 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