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 have hired 16 staff for Summer 2017. Other Instructors are contracted as programs are developed.
As a filmmaker and visual artist from Maidstone, Ontario. He is in his fourth year of the film production program at York University 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”. He’s been the assistant creative director of the Film Camp for Kids for three years, and it is his fourth year as Camp Instructor. His favourite films include The Lord of the Ringstrilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Empire Strikes Back.
Nicole has a BA in Screen Arts and Cultures, with a concentration in production, and a BFA in Theatre Performance: Acting, both from the University of Michigan. She serves as the Artistic Director of the Film Camp for Kids & Youth, and a film production manager/film editor with MANAN Media where she has produced films and videos for multiple Windsor Star clients (ongoing), Northstar Cultural Community Centre, A Life Worth Living, Big Brothers Big Sisters, South Asian Centre and many others. Nicole has worked on films selected to play at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival as well as written and directed films that have gone onto to win cash prizes in local and student festivals. Nicole worked as a P.A. on the Windsor-produced feature film, The Birder, with The Dot Film Company based in Toronto. While attending the University of Michigan she produced and directed original work and lead a number of stage productions for both faculty and student productions. In her stage work, she has toured around Ontario in award winning productions, and was a participant in the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the worlds largest fringe festival.
Camp 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 Fauteau to assist, and the following summer a pilot project began with 22 kids ages 9-12. In 2014, the camp as we know it today was launched thanks to the efforts of many and a grant from Libro for $75,000.
Amanda Gellman is the CEO of MANAN Strategy and MANAN Media. She is also the Chair of the Windsor, Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts and will launch a capital fundraising campaign for the organization in 2018. 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.