The 2007 Kopkind/CID Filmmakers Retreat Seminars Participants


In a little over two weeks (July 29-August 5), 10 filmmakers from around the country will converge in Guilford Vermont at Tree Frog Farm for a week of “radical relaxation’, discussion about keeping up their creativity in their work, and “film slams”. Its going to be a great week! Congratulations to this years selected participants:

Nancy Kelly:Nancy Kelly wrote, produced and directed the PBS documentary short “Smitten” which won the Audience Award at the DC Independent Film Festival and shared the Audience Award at the Aspen Shortsfest. She also wrote, produced and directed “Downside UP”, which aired on the PBS Independent Lens series. She directed and produced the critically acclaimed dramatic feature film “Thousand Pieces of Gold”, which stars Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper. Her short documentaries Cowgirls: Portraits of American Ranch Women, Sweeping Ocean Views and A Cowhand’s Song: Crisis on the Range won many awards.

Savanna Washington
: Savanna Washington has lived around the United States and around the world. She attended film school at the New York University (NYU) Tisch Film School in New York and City College in San Diego. She also trained at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the Southern California Conservatory of Music. Savanna has lived in Boston, Detroit, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, Geneva, Switzerland, Paris, France and Munich, Germany. She currently makes her home in New York. As a business woman, she began her own business management company doing bookkeeping, business management, and production accounting for small talent agencies and production companies in Boston and Los Angeles. In 2002-2003 Savanna produced and directed her first independent feature length film: “Angels With An Attitude,” which was picked up by Lucine Entertainment Distribution in Los Angeles. Savanna is currently shopping a television pilot based in New Orleans.

Jonathan Skurnick: Jonathan Skurnik is a documentary producer, director and cinematographer and a narrative film writer and director. His films have been broadcast on PBS, Satellite and Cable stations and European television. They have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, art galleries in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, and at over thirty film festivals throughout the world. He has won the Harry Chapin Media Award for films about poverty and Best Documentary Award at the Urban TV film festival in Madrid. Jonathan has worked in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South and North America. He has raised over $400,000 from ITVS, the MacArthur Foundation, the Paul Robeson Fund and many other foundations and private donors. He has sold over $60,000 worth of his films to Universities and Non-Profits and serves on the board of New Day Films, one of the oldest and most successful educational film distribution companies in the US, with annual sales of over $900,000. Jonathan has led workshops and master classes in theory and production for filmmakers in the US and China. He has written and directed two narrative films that are doing the festival circuit.

Jonathan recently moved to Los Angeles where he plans to write and direct for television and movies while he continues to direct and shoot independent documentaries.

Karen Everett: Karen Everett is an independent filmmaker living in San Francisco. Her award-winning documentaries and personal film memoirs have played in festivals worldwide, aired on television, and are distributed to the educational and home video markets. She is currently directing a personal documentary, Women in Love, the intimate story of seven women navigating their love lives. Her award winning films include “I Shall Not Be Removed:The Life of Marlon Riggs”, “My Femme Divine”, and “Sweet Boy”.
Everett teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, where she received her Masters degree in Journalism in 1991.

Jim Wolpaw:
A Brown University graduate, Wolpaw has worked in independent film for 20 years. His films include the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date“; “Loaded Gun:Life, and Death, and Dickinson”; C”obra Snake for a Necktie“, a portrait of Bo Diddley which aired on Showtime; and the feature comedy “Complex World”. He has freelanced as a writer, film editor, post-production supervisor and creative consultant on numerous documentary projects, and for the past six years has taught film production and screenwriting at Emerson College. His films have won awards at more than a dozen film festivals worldwide and his honors include a Cine Golden Eagle.

Nancy Kates:
Nancy Kates is the director of the award-winning documentaries, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” and “Their Own Vietnam,” a portrait of American women who served in Vietnam. She also served as associate producer of the Discovery Channel’s “Mystery of the Last Tzar” and as producer of the PBS series, “Computer Chronicles.” She is a graduate of the Stanford University documentary program and resides in Berkeley, CA.

Bennett Singer:

Bennett Singer, a New York-based filmmaker and book editor, has served as producer or associate producer of a number of acclaimed PBS series, including “Eyes On The Prize II, With God On Our Side,” and “The Question of Equality.” Along with Nancy Kates, he also produced “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”. He is executive editor of TIME Magazine’s education program; editor of “42 Up,” the companion book to Michael Apted’s famed documentary series; and co-author of “The Student Body,” a novel of suspense published by Random House.

Natalie Lardner
was a longtime staff editor at CBS News, working in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Mideast, and in the CBS studios on West 57th Street, with Charles Kuralt, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, and Mike Wallace, among others. Her documentary credits include PBS; Great American Dream Machine, Gimme Shelter, and Discovery with Walter Cronkite, etc. She cut her teeth with some of the pioneers of cinema verite, including the Maysles Brothers, Bob Drew Associates, and Ted Steeg. As an editor and sound recordist, she worked on the feature films The Sun and the Moon, Belizaire the Cajun, and John Sayles; The Brother From Another Planet. Her multifaceted career also includes work on the Bruce Springsteen music video; “I’m on Fire“,dance pieces for the Joffrey II Ballet, and, with Garius Hill, a series of works on contemporary issues, including a companion video for the book ;Inequality Matters; featuring Bill Moyers and Barbara Ehrenreich.

A graduate of Harvard College, Natalie is fluent in Russian, French and Italian as well as English;
She has worked as a professional translator and interpreter for Lincoln Center, MOMA, Opera North, and the New Yorker Magazine.

Carlyn Saltman:
Carlyn has a Master’s Degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the prestigious National Film and Television School in London, England, and a BA in history from Mount Holyoke College. While on staff at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health, she produced videos with health messages for African audiences in collaboration with local specialists.

Over the years since she filmed her first cultural documentaries in Africa in 1982, Carlyn has refined the art and skills required for working closely with video technology, language, and that place in the heart where memories, feelings, and personal values intersect. In addition to other honors, two of her films are included in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection.

Tim McCarthy At 17, Tim joined the Army as a nuclear missile technician, which paid for his undergraduate studies at UMass/Boston in philosophy and psychology. Tim purchased his first microcomputer in 1981 just as he was matriculating at American University’s Computer Management Graduate School. His concentration on information management systems using the new microcomputers for applications as diverse as a Physical Therapy accounting system and a Navy Research and Development accounting system to a system for Footwear Manufactures and a racehorse betting system led Tim to success in the computer world. After creating his own companies he moved into system designs and sales. However, in March of 1988, McCarthy tested + for HIV and believed he had a few months to live.

Since then, McCarthy has traveled the world with his video camera in search of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender (GLBT) Culture. Tim does this as a medicine for himself and as a gift for his sisters and brothers 100 years from now. He has recorded thousands of hours of GLBT events and people around the world, over 87 countries. His travels have included being with Congressman Barney Frank in Russia in 1994, going to Africa in search of HIV’s homeland in 1999 and planting the Gay Flag in Antarctica. Tim is also the first reporter credentialed by the White House for Gay television, a position he held with Gay Cable Network from 1993 thru 1999. Tim’s latest endeavor is ; a partnership with John Scagliotti, to create gay content for the Internet and TV.


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