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. From the Mountaintop: The History of Adirondack Fire Towers now in development will complete the trilogy. On a cinematic mission, Camoin is releasing Sallie Mae Not Chapter One in the documentary, Scared To Debt: America’s Student Loan Scam.
MOTION PICTURES In 2003, Camoin initiated talks leading to expansion of resources for motion pictures in upstate NY including the Capital-Saratoga Film Commission which then fostered New York’s first tax rebate program in response to runaway productions in the U.S. His personal credits include location manager/production coordinator for feature films such 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 (location scout) starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes; Battle Under Orion, Marcom Visual Creation, Inc. (NYC/ Japan). His work has also attracted the attention of Hollywood veteran producers to develop Camoin’s screenplay Off The Menu.
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 to the US, 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 8th year, NEFL is a 2020 beneficiary to Albany’s Wine & Dine Festival for the Arts.
FOUNDER of VIDEOS FOR CHANGE PRODUCTIONS established in 1992, Camoin’s company participated 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. VFC has produced public service, industrial, educational and political campaign video projects. Other projects in development include 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 25 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 Certified Drone Pilot seeking opportunities including disaster relief missions most anywhere.
Camoin resides with his wife, Linda, and their two teenage children near Albany, New York.