Tribeca Film Institute® and Points North Institute Kick Off The Fifth Annual Camden/TFI Retreat

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[New York, NY - June 18, 2019] The Tribeca Film Institute and Points North Institute have commenced their fifth annual Camden/TFI Retreat, presented by CNN Films. The retreat brings five U.S.-based documentary filmmaking teams together with mentors to provide guidance to enhance their current projects around the theme of American Stories. Each team will screen selections from their films, participate in master classes and attend intensive mentoring sessions.

This year’s mentors include Emmy-award winning director/producer Geeta Gandbhir (REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DENIRO SR, LOVE THE SINNER), award-winning  filmmaker Steve Maing (CRIME + PUNISHMENT), producer Andrea Meditch (ERNIE & JOE, MAN ON WIRE, BUCK), editor Jean Tsien (THE APOLLO, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE) and producer Sue Turley (A FAMILY AFFAIR, BECOMING CARY GRANT).

“This type of intensive program allows mentors to work directly with artists to provide tailored feedback and identify opportunities for growth,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute. “The success of previous participants is a testament to the impact this retreat can have on an artist’s career.”

"It is a privilege to work with such a talented, creative group of storytellers who are on the front lines of the social, cultural and political shifts happening in America," said Ben Fowlie, Executive and Artistic Director of the Points North Institute. "We're honored to continue our partnership with CNN Films and the Tribeca Film Institute, creating a supportive space here in Maine where these storytellers can continue to grow and evolve."

“We consider fostering emerging documentary talent a key focus of our mission at CNN Films,” said Courtney Sexton, vice president for CNN Films. “TFI and Points North have created a high quality program that has helped many filmmakers take their films to the next level. We are excited to be teaming up for the fifth year and very much looking forward to working with this new batch of filmmakers.”

Projects that went through previous Retreat editions include A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem (Premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival), Border South (Premiered at 2019 Sheffield Doc/Fest), and The Reagan Show and The Family I Had (which both premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival).


This year’s participating projects are:

An Act of Worship

Director: Nausheen Dadabhoy

Producer: Sofian Khan

Editor: Sara Maamouri

AN ACT OF WORSHIP follows a new generation of female Muslim-American activists while Islamophobia is sharply on the rise in the U.S.


An American Prisoner (Working Title)

FKA: Free Chol Soo Lee

Director: Eugene Yi

Director: Julie Ha

AN AMERICAN PRISONER (Working Title) explores the tension between man and symbol, identity and idealism, through the lens of one man’s turbulent life.


The In Between

Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Robie Flores

Producer/Cinematographer: Alejandro Flores

THE IN BETWEEN is a lyrical coming of age story of the border kid on the U.S./Mexico frontier.


True Believer

Director/Producer: Kristen Irving-Jordan

Editor: Monique Zavitovski

A documentary film exploring the origins of the American religious right and pro-life movements.



Co-Director: Cristina Costantini

Co-Director: Kareem Tabsch

Producer: Alex Fumero

Once the world's most popular astrologer, Walter Mercado seeks to resurrect a forgotten legacy. Walter is a gender non-conforming, cape-wearing psychic whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million viewers daily before he mysteriously disappeared. This is the story of what happened and why.

18 Jun 2019

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