Film Camp for Kids & Youth is a job creation program. Each summer we provide local post-secondary film students with jobs in their field. In turn, teaching also provides a new form of learning for those who mentor and coach film production teams. Our program also includes presentations from industry professionals who lead workshops in their area of expertise.
Our student/instructor ratio is 5-7 students per Instructor; we hired 16 staff in Summer 2017. Instructors are contracted as programs are developed.
Aaron is a filmmaker and visual artist from Maidstone, Ontario. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from York University’s BFA-Film Production Program in 2017, and each of his student films have been nominated for and/or won awards. His films deal with important social issues in surreal or unusual ways, combining meaningful stories with creative and stunning visuals. He is a director, cinematographer, screenwriter, and production designer for film whose diverse body of work includes fiction, documentary and alternative. He is also a painter, sculptor, and leatherworker whose artwork was featured in the Windsor-produced feature film The Birder, for which he earned a credit as “key scenic painter”. Aaron has worked with the camp for six years, becoming the full-time Program Coordinator in summer 2017. His favourite films include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Empire Strikes Back.
Founder/Producer, Amanda Gellman
The camp concept began as a research project to see what film camps offered since she felt that a future film industry in Windsor started with the youth of today. Amanda engaged Nicole Gellman and Aaron Fauteax to assist, and the following summer a pilot project began with 22 kids ages 9-12. The program as we know it today was launched thanks to Amanda’s early efforts with the community-at-large, including Libro Credit Union, Petretta Construction and MANAN Strategy Consultants / MANAN Media.
Amanda Gellman is the CEO of MANAN. She is also the Chair of the Windsor, Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts and the future Media Arts Community Centre and Museum. With a background in the non-profit sector, business and art, Amanda works to create manan, or “new beginnings and opportunities” for diverse groups. Amanda is well versed in all facets of marketing and fund development – and a highly successful proposal writer, skilled trainer and experienced meeting facilitator. She is the former Vice-President Advancement for the University of Windsor and, of note, the first female VP at that institution. Amanda has also received many recognitions including: 40 under 40 in St. Louis, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, The McDonnell Douglas Feed America Award, Windsor’s Women of the Year 2001, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Crystal Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canada South Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is currently directing a feature documentary on Aging & HIV.