11 Days, 12 Filmmakers, 4 Award-Winning Instructors


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For three summers, 2011-2014, filmmakers Doug Pray and Peter J. Vogt, in association with Northwest Film Forum, have been proud to present Wild Mind Film Camp, an 11-day intensive master class for documentary filmmaking in the Washington Cascades.

If you're visiting our website for the first time, the following is a brief overview of what we're about. Our next 11-day summer program will not be held until summer 2016. Please let us know if you would like to be on our mailing list to receive information about Wild Mind programs and other workshops we may offer at: info@wildmindfilmcamp.com.  Thank you for your interest!

The term "Wild Mind" means "starting now, ready for anything." Gary Snyder, the American-Buddhist/poet/ecologist defines it as being "elegantly self-disciplined, self-regulating. That’s what wilderness is. Nobody has a management plan for it." Similarly, good filmmaking is a practice that can be prepared for but never completely controlled. It requires innovation in the moment, trust in the process, and a great deal of courage. A Wild Mind is focused, aware, and curious. It accepts rigor, enjoys challenge, endures failure, and delights in the documentary filmmaking process.

Wild Mind Film Camp is a hands-on, in-depth learning experience for twelve developing professionals and inspired nonfiction filmmakers who want to dramatically improve their documentary skills and knowledge. Each day features a mix of classes, workshops, and live production in a supportive community atmosphere. Amidst the astonishing beauty and fascinating culture of the Methow River Valley, this is a rare and excellent opportunity to work one-on-one with real pros, real equipment, and real subjects.

Learn. Listen. Observe. Shoot. Edit. Tell a story. Make a doc!

Erik ProulxA full-time graduate film school program is invaluable. But as a working father of two, that wasn't an option. Wild Mind taught me more about making films in 11 days than three years of doing it on my own ever did. Immersing myself in filmmaking under the incredible tutelage of Doug Pray, Pete Vogt, Shana Hagan, and John Jacobsen, in the serene utopia of Twisp, is not something I will ever forget. I cannot overstate how incredible the camp, the people, and the product were.

– 2012 Filmmaker Erik Proulx, Austin, TX
Northwest Film Forum
In association with Northwest Film Forum