MEET THE 2019 KOPKIND/CID CAMPERS!
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). Bennett’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.
Sam Berliner is a Seattle-based filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender non-conformity. His award-winning short films, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, Genderbusters, Perception and Float have screened at over 300 film festivals around the world and are distributed by CFMDC. When not actively making films, Sam is the festival director of Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, as well as the Programming & Operations Manager at Three Dollar Bill Cinema. He leads workshops and gives presentations about gender at various organizations and schools. He is in pre-production on Episode 2 of the Dating Sucks webseries and is the founder of Queer Scouts Bay Area and Queer Scouts Seattle, hosting monthly skill-shares for LGBTQA adults. Sam graduated in 2005 from Smith College with a BA in Film & Theatre and earned an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 2013.
Mac Christopher is based in Southern Vermont and pursues narratives of people, place, and the pressing narratives of the 21st century that connect us all. He is currently working on documentary shorts about migrant dairy farmworkers, natural disaster in rural Alabama, and disabled access to the outdoors. Mac also spends a great deal of time in Guilford and hopes to complete a documentary photography project on the history of “Total Loss Farm”.
Jon Crawford is currently a Producer with the Advanced Systems Group, where he works within Learning and Design teams at large tech companies to infuse narrative into learning based media. He holds an MFA from UCLA TFT. In September of 2018 he launched the Tell Me A Memory Project as 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 as well as curated on websites like Short of the Week. Outside of his non-fiction work, Jon writes screenplays and makes experimental films. He is the Program Director and a Founding Board Member of the Arkansas Cinema Society, a Film Independent Fellow, Smithsonian’s History in Film Emerging Filmmaker, Artois Award Nominee, and Point Foundation Finalist. He also enjoys pizza, cake, and all things carbohydrates.
Katja Esson is an Oscar nominated, Emmy winning filmmaker based in Miami. Her documentary short FERRY TALES garnered awards at film festivals, was nominated for an Oscar and premiered on HBO. Hole in the Sky - the scars of 9/11 received the Gold Award at the World Media Festival. SKYDANCER was featured the Margaret Mead Film Festival, received nominations for best film, director and cinematography at the Shanghai Film Festival in 2011 and premiered on PBS. POETRY OF RESILIENCE garnered numerous awards, including a Cinema for Peace Award-nomination in 2012. Esson recently created and directed two five-part documentary series BACKROADS USA (2014) and AMERICAN RIVERS (2016), which premiered on ARTE and PBS. She received the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship from Kansas University, her films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian and her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Amy Jenkins is an award-winning American artist whose installations, films, and photography have been exhibited, screened and collected internationally. Her works, which focus on themes such as familial relationships, desire, and gender identity, have been shown at museums including The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel; the Akron Art Museum, Ohio; and Palm Beach ICA, FL. Jenkins’ recent documentary feature, “Instructions on Parting,” won Best Feature Documentary at Athens International Film and Video Festival, OH, and screened at festivals including MoMA Doc Fortnight, Montclair, IFFBoston, Sydney, and DOXA. Jenkins was a 2014 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow and was awarded “2018 NH Filmmaker of the Year” by New Hampshire Film Festival. She recently received the 2019 Ewing Award for Interdisciplinary Art. Her work has been supported by LEF Foundation, the Perspective Fund, NH State Council for the Arts, the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, NY Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, NY State Council for the Arts, the Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. Fellowship, the Aaron Siskind Foundation, and the Experimental Television Center. Her films and artworks have been reviewed in The New York Times, ARTnews, Bomb, Performing Arts Journal, and The Village Voice.
Betsy Kalin is an award-winning producer/director/writer at Itchy Bee Productions and Bluewater Media. She is a featured speaker at conferences, universities, film festivals and community events. Her films have been honored with multiple awards at festivals around the world. Her first film, Roof, premiered at New York City’s MoMA for New Directors/New Films and is a part of the Short Shorts compilation. Her feature-length documentary, Hearts Cracked Open premiered to great acclaim at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and has won several awards. She produced and wrote the feature documentary Before Homosexuals with John Scagliotti, the Emmy award-winning executive producer of PBS’s In the Life. In 2010 she made Chained!, a short documentary that screened in festivals around the world, and in 2013 produced the award-winning narrative film Click. Her most recent documentary East LA Interchange was highlighted on NBC L.A. and has won ten jury and audience awards to date. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Los Angeles City Historical Society’s J. Thomas Owen Award for illuminating L.A. history. Ms. Kalin received a BA in Women’s Studies from Columbia College at Columbia University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Miami.
Alex Leff earned a Bachelor of Arts studying documentary film at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. In addition to his studies, Alex directed and produced two feature films on the climate justice movement. His 2013 Students & Goliath: How The Youth Took On The Fossil Fuel Industry was hailed by eminent environmentalist Bill McKibben and screened at dozens of colleges and universities nationwide. For his 2015 feature, In The Path of Resistance, Alex followed three front-line communities living along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to highlight their struggle and resiliency. In The Path of Resistance was picked up by RT for international broadcast and translated into Spanish, Arabic, and Russian.
Daniel Lovering is a writer, photographer and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He is the founder of Bagamor Media, a production company that specializes in independent films and videos for nonprofits, media organizations, educational institutions and businesses. He has directed award-winning documentaries and recently worked as director of photography on two episodes of a forthcoming television series. His latest film, “Motorcycle Man” a short documentary about legendary motorcycle racer Dave Roper, won a bronze Remi Award at the 2019 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. 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. Also an experienced journalist, Daniel has reported from more than a dozen countries and written for publications such as The New York Times, The Economist and Foreign Policy. He began his career in film and television production, working as an intern on the children’s television series “Bill Nye, the Science Guy.”
Bob Nesson produces and shoots documentaries for broadcast, education, and on commission. His work covers a range of topics: war and social realities [Afghanistan: Between Three Worlds]; nature and the environment [Work of 1000, Anyplace Wild, All Bird TV]; art and culture [It is Memory: the Holocaust Sculptor Natan Rapoport; Soundings, PBS series]; technology and creativity [The Light Stuff/Nova, Surviving Mars/Discovery Channel]. His films about water issues, urban design, architecture and transportation issues [Building Boston, Waterworks, Off-Track] are often used to highlight professional and scholarly studies. As an adjunct professor at Emerson College, Nesson teaches interdisciplinary courses on science, the environment and filmmaking. He received Emerson’s Stanzler Award, naming him as outstanding part-time faculty . He’s the recipient of numerous fellowships: the Flaherty Film Seminar; the Society of Environmental Journalism; and the Kopkind Foundation. Nesson teaches internationally as well [KinoSchool in Krasnodar, Russia; the Black Sea Environmental Symposium in Turkey]. He is the president of a production company, Nesson Media Boston, Inc. Clients include NHK/Japan, WGBH/Boston, Ruder Finn [New York]; Novartis, Cambridge University Press [New York], Thomson-Heinle [Toronto], and many others.