Mike Camoin, CEO & President
FILMMAKER: Mike Camoin is best known for his documentary series on Adirondack culture: Inside the Blue Line, How to Make an Adirondack Packbasket which have screened in northeastern U.S. and Canadian television markets,and now From the Mountaintop: The History of Adirondack Fire Towers. On a cinematic mission, Camoin is currently in development on Scared To Debt: America’s Student Loan Scam and in post with Life Or Death featuring David Kaczynski and Bill Babbitt, a story that reveals how two families turn mentally-ill brothers in to authorities with dramatically differing consequences.
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP: as leader in independent film in upstate New York, Camoin is a founding member and former President of Upstate Independents Filmmakers Network, Inc. (1995-2000), a 20 year old salon network of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) based in Albany, NY. He’s appeared on public radio with Alan Chartock discussing all things independent motion pictures.
EDUCATION: Holding a Masters in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany (1992), and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Bonaventure University (1988), as a filmmaker, Camoin studied directing, producing, fundraising and film distribution at intensive workshops over the past two decades. Camoin is also a fully insured FAA Certified Remote Pilot of Unmanned Aerial Systems (drone) seeking opportunities to assist in disaster relief most anywhere.
FOUNDER of VIDEOS FOR CHANGE (VFC) PRODUCTIONS established in 1992, Camoin’s company was the first of it’s kind in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Incubator (2002-2006) leading to the creation of The Battles of Saratoga, a documentary self-distributed on DVD to home and educational markets across the U.S. Camoin initiated talks leading to expansion of resources including the Capital-Saratoga Film Commission which fostered the New York State film tax rebate program.
A director on such short films as Ruler of Life, Crossing the Whitestone and Relax the later made it’s Russian premiere in 2011 where Camoin was the sole American invited to an intensive 8-day producer’s lab. Upon returning from the lab, Camoin founded the 501(c)3 non-profit Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange, Inc. which hosts the annual Northeast Filmmakers Lab in upstate New York. Camoin works closely with consultants and board members to establish strategic plans. Entering its 6th year, NEFL is a 2019 beneficiary to Albany’s Wine & Dine Festival for the Arts.
MOTION PICTURES: Camoin’s credits include location manager/production coordinator for commercial clients and feature films as the 2018 Sundance winner We The Animals, 2016 Sundance Special Jury Prize winning As You Are, Paramount’s Ninja Turtles, The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes; Battle Under Orion, Marcom Visual Creation, Inc. (NYC/ Japan); and numerous public service, industrial, educational and political campaign video projects. His work has attracted the attention of Hollywood veteran producer, Larry Jackson (executive in charge of production for Mystic Pizza, Silence of the Lambs) where the two have joined forces to produce Camoin’s screenplay Off The Menu.
Camoin resides with his wife, Linda, daughter, Isabelle and son, Jacob in Albany, New York.