Kopkind/CID Filmmakers Seminars & Grassroots Film Festival 2009 to begin on August 2nd!

Kopkind at Treefrog FarmThe Kopkind Institute and the Center for Independent Documentary will convene 10 filmmakers at Tree Frog Farm in Guilford Vermont this coming Sunday August 2nd. The public portion of the program, the Grasroots Film Festival will begin on Thursday August 6th.

Kopkind/CID film camp is a week of “radical relaxation”- a chance to breathe deep, think deeper and dive into new ideas and the blue clear waters of Vermonts lakes and rivers. For more info on the camp, check out this recent article: Radical Relaxation: The Kopkind/CID Film Camp.

We are pleased to announce this years 10 selected attendees:

Matthew Gossage, from Austin Texas

Ann Bennett, New York City

Dean Hamer, Washington DC

Brett Patricia Story, Montreal , Canada

Sanford Lewis, Amherst, MA

Betsy Kalin, Los Angels, CA

Sharon Arkin, Phoenix AZ

Joan Mandell, Detroit MI

Saroja Coelho, based in Central Europe

Kavita Pillay, Cambridge, MA

We hope that you will consider joining us for our FREE public events as part of the Kopkind Grassroots Film Festival:

POLIS IS THIS with Director Henry Ferrini in attendance
Thursday, Aug 6th, 7 PM at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, Brattleboro, VT. 139 Main Street. Polis is This wrestles with the six foot eight inch 275lb colossus of poetry. Charles Olson, in the squared circle of understanding. Through never before seen footage and interviews actor John Malkovich leads an all-star unit in a search and explore mission. Olson, the “big fire source” for a restless generation of poets known as The Beats stands more revealed than ever before. Through Director Ferrini’s poetry-in-motion lens, viewers can now see Olson’s landscapes through the fresh eyes of America’s Archaeologist of Morning. “Sublime…simply stunning” says Author Jim Harrison. “An invaluable contribution to our literature” notes Russell Banks. Charles Olson the “original aboriginal” fights to save his town from so-called progress as the bulldozer of change rumbles down Main Street USA. Polis Is This includes performances by: John Malkovich, Robert Creeley, Amiri Baraka, Pete Seeger, Jonathan Williams, Vincent Ferrini, Peter Anastas, John Stilgoe, Anne Waldman, Ammiel Alcalay, Susan Thackery, Charles Olson, Charlie Olson, Charles Boer, John Sinclair, Willie Alexander, Stefan Wolpe, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Charles Stein, Michael Rumaker & Black Mountain College. Seating is limited and reservations for this special screening in Brattleboro VT can be made by calling the Hooker-Dunham Reservation line 802-254-9276

STRAIGTLACED with Academy Award-Director Deborah Chasnoff in attendance
Friday, Aug 7th, 7 PM at the Organ Barn, Treefrog Farm, Guilford, VT.
“Straightlaced” is directed by Academy Award‐winning filmmaker Debra Chasnoff, and is the latest documentary film production from GroundSpark’s highly acclaimed Respect For All Project. Straightlaced, which features unscripted high school youth from around the country speaking candidly about harmful pressures caused by rigid gender roles and homophobia is surprisingly uplifting and entertaining. From girls who dumb down so they don’t intimidate boys, to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren’t gay, to non‐conforming teens who face relentless bullying, the students in Straightlaced show how gender expectations are having unhealthy and often dangerous impact on the lives of today’s teens.

A Sneak preview screening with Vermont director Liz Canner of her new film – Friday, Aug 8th, 7 PM at the Organ Barn, Treefrog Farm, Guilford, VT.

Contact John Scagliotti at above address or email stonewal@sover.net (for directions to the Organ Barn at Tree Frog Farm in Guilford}

Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you this summer at one or all of our public events.


2 responses to “Kopkind/CID Filmmakers Seminars & Grassroots Film Festival 2009 to begin on August 2nd!

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  2. i want email from the site because i don’t know how to participate in the workshop i am from africa.

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