*Katie Halper (director/ producer) is based in New York City, where she was born and raised. Katie is a 3rd generation Kinderlander and traces her camp roots back to her grandmother who was raised in the historic Coops. Katie graduated from Wesleyan University where she wrote an oral history thesis on the Spanish Civil War, which she then turned into an hour long award-winning documentary, La memoria es vaga (Memory is Lazy). La memoria es vagahas been screened in film festivals and is shown in schools and universities throughout Europe and the United States, and was commercially and theatrically distributed in Spain. Before this directorial debut, co-producedEmbedded,Tim Robbins film, based on his
play about media coverage of the war in Iraq, which was shown at the
Venice Film festival and premiered on the Sundance Channel. Katie was also a producer of Free to Fly: the U.S.-Cuba Link, a documentary by the award-winning director Estela Bravo, about the travel between the U.S. and Cuba. Katie directed outreach and organizing for the documentary The Take about the workers’ movement in Argentina, by Shock Doctrine author NaomiKlein and Avi Lewis.
More recently, Katie and NYU Spanish Department Chair James Fernandez, co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, an oral history video project made for the Museum of the City of New York's exhibit "Facing Fascism: New Yorkers and the Spanish Civil War."
Katie is also a comic, writer, and blogger, who co-founded the political comedy group Laughing Liberally and has performed at venues including The Culture Project, Symphony Space, and Town Hall. Katie writes for Alternet, The Huffington Post, WorkingLife, Culture Kitchen, Open Left, 23/6, and Takepart. Katie is one of the artistic directors of The Tank, a non-profit and profit-sharing performing arts space for emerging and estabished artists.
*Kate Itzkowitz (editor) is a fourth generation Kinderlander, whose great grandfather Ben Itzkowitz, was a founder of Camp and the Camp photographer, whose never before published photos will be featured in the film. Based in New York City, Kate has worked as an Assistant Editor for Woody Allen for roughly 4 years. Her credits include Match Point, Scoop, Cassandra's Dream and his current untitled project. She also worked as an assistant editor for the documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So. The film examines the age old text of the Bible and attempts to understand how and why it is used as a source for homophobia within certain religions. This film screened at The Sundance Film Festival this winter and is now in theaters around the country. A graduate from Boston University with a major in film and television, Kate has also directed, produced, and edited numerous short films.
*Elana Shneyer is a Community Organizer with The Partnership for the Homeless where she works with faith and community organizations in the Bronx and Queens to build a movement to end homelessness. Most recently, Elana coordinated a city-wide effort to register homeless New Yorkers to vote. Elana also serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of New York City Voices, a consumer journal for mental health advocacy.
While studying cultural anthropology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Elana was awarded the Elizabeth Ducey Summer Internship in Public Policy. Through this internship Elana worked for the ACLU's Immigrant Rights Project in Oakland, California. Elana is a native New Yorker and proud graduate of the Bronx High School of Science where she was the debate team captain.
In her spare time, Elana enjoys swimming, dancing and ultimate frisbee. She is always excited to expand her horizons through travel and language study (Hebrew and Spanish being the current foci). Elana is very excited to be making a film about Camp Kinderland. She spent most of her summers at Camp, as a camper, a counselor, a group leader, a lifeguard, a dance instructor, camp mom and most importantly, co-captain of the Gay Straight Alliance Olympic Team 2000.
*Ariana Hellerman has been a Program Assistant for the Arts team of The Wallace Foundation since 2005. She graduated in 2003 with honors from Wellesley College with a double major in Peace & Justice Studies and Art History. As part of the International Honors Program, she spent a semester abroad in India, South Africa and Brazil. A native New Yorker and proud graduate of Stuyvesant High School, she is currently in a Masters program in Public Administration at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Ariana has held various research and volunteer positions including working with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal and internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the National Museum of Swahili History & Culture in Tanzania. She hopes ultimately to combine her interests in arts and human rights to work internationally in the field of social justice.
Ariana spent six summers at Camp Kinderland between 1991 and 2000, as a camper and counselor. Some of her fondest memories are of dancing in the Paul Robeson Playhouse and swimming in the lake. Her favorite Olympic Teams were Judah Magnes (1992), Indian Independence (1999), and the Abraham Lincoln Brigades (2000).