The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has partnered with the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) and CNN Films to launch a five-day mentorship retreat program geared towards documentarians.
The Camden/TFI retreat – presented by CNN Films – began today in Camden and Rockport, Maine, and will provide guidance to five U.S. documentary teams focused on creative and cinematic films exemplifying the theme of “American Stories.” Each of the five films are to present a character-driven representation of America with inspiration drawn from the country’s regions, issues and perspectives.
Over the course of five days, teams will enjoy a series of master classes, mentoring sessions and workshops led by factual experts including director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters); Josh Braun, co-president of Submarine Entertainment; producer Andrea Meditch (Grizzly Man, Man on Wire); documentarian Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda, Music by Prudence); Matt Hamachek, editor of Cartel Land, Gideon’s Army; Courtney Sexton, director of CNN Films; and Ryan Harrington, VP of artist programs at TFI.
The participating projects include Margo Guernsey’s Councilwoman, set to follow the first term of Rhode Island councilwoman Carmen Castillo as she balances public office with her day job as a hotel housekeeper; director Ben Hethcoat and producer Tommy C. Andres’ Coroner, following one of Hollywood’s top investigators as he chases celebrity tragedies; and Jeff Unay’s Greywater, which documents an amateur mixed martial arts fighter longing for glory.
Also included in the retreat’s project selection are Pacho Velez’s The Reagan Years, which captures the peak years of Ronald Reagan’s administration; and Nancy Schwartzman’s Roll Red Roll, which investigates rape culture in small town America.
“We’re thrilled to partner with our friends at CIFF and CNN Films, bringing together this curated group of advisors and filmmakers,” said Ryan Harrington, VP of artist programs at TFI, in a statement. “We are confident that during these five days, filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet with and learn from their peers and an outstanding group of mentors, and use this time to improve and enhance their own projects and careers.”