KOPKIND/CID Filmmakers Retreat

Filmmakers Retreat Seminars


We are pleased to announce a call to independent documentary filmmakers who would like to participate in a week long seminar and retreat in southern Vermont. The Center for Independent Documentary and the Kopkind Center are sponsoring this week-long retreat limited to nine filmmakers along with special invited guests.

July 31st – August 7th, 2011. Treefrog Farm- Guildord, Vermont.

Our theme this year is: YOU!
Each year we pick a theme that threads through our morning seminar sessions and that feeds our viewing and discussions in the evening.

Yes, this is all about YOU! At a time when you’ll hear everyone say that everything is possible and nothing is working, and 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 explore the tools you need to succeed and 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.”

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 – now about to begin its 15th season of monthly hour-long programs on news and culture about the gay community. Guest speakers will join throughout the week.

Also, Kopkind hosts its 6th Annual Grassroots Film Festival at the Hooker Dunham Theater (August 5th) and Organ Barn (August 6th) which are open to the public. Guest filmmakers for the festival will also lead the next morning seminar for camp.

How to Apply

Applying for the retreat week is easy. Just write a letter to Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti explaining where you are from, what media work you have done and how you would contribute to the theme of our seminars- and describe briefly the 20-minute visual media you would be bringing to the “film slams.” Send the letter to John Scagliotti(stonewal@sover.net) and Susi Walsh (susi@documentaries.org). 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 around May 30th,  which is around  the time the deposits are due. We do this so that you can make your summer plans.

Cost + Ammenities
The costs for filmmakers participating for the week is only $295 per person.
Includes: a single Cabin room for 7 nights (shared bathroom facilities), clean linens and towels, continental breakfasts, buffet lunches, and 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 availabile. Participants are asked to bring 20-minutes of their media on DVD or VHS for evening “film slams” in the Organ Barn with late night discussions (optional hot tub discussions) afterwards on the deck. 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 time if you wish as ‘free time’ or as Kopkind calls it – “radical relaxation.”

Registration and Non-refundable deposits ($50) for the selected applicants are due by June 10th and full payment is due by July 15th. Deposit and payment checks should be made out to The Center for Independent Documentary and mailed to John Scagliotti, Administrator, Kopkind, 158 Kopkind Rd, Guilford, VT. 05301.  Slots are limited, so we recommend an early registration and deposit.

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 seminar, please contact us!

Questions about the seminars and retreat as well as the Grassroots Film Festival can be attained by emailing John Scagliotti at stonewal@sover.net. Also feel free to send this information to others who might want to participate. Thank you.

About Kopkind Filmmakers Retreat

Annie Berman of WIFV/NE reflects on her 2010 experience: documentaries.org
Radical Relaxation from NAMAC by JoAnn Wypijewski: namac.org

Prior participants of the seminars:
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.

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