March 2, 2017 [Camden, Maine] – The Points North Institute has recently expanded its team, announcing the appointment of Angelica Das as its new Managing Director, and Samara Chadwick as an additional Programmer.
In her role, Das will oversee the operations of the Points North Institute, including the Camden International Film Festival, whose 13th edition will take place September 14-17, 2017.
“Angelica brings a wide range of experience working at the cross-section of filmmaker development, media impact strategy and audience engagement,” said Ben Fowlie, Points North Institute’s Executive Director. “She’s an incredible addition to our growing team, and our mission to nurture the careers of diverse filmmakers and media artists, helping them develop a stronger artistic voice.”
Angelica has dedicated her career to field-building for documentary film and public interest media. She previously worked as a senior associate with the media strategy firm Dot Connector Studio and acted as Associate Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact from 2010 – 2015. Das is a member of the steering committee for the Indie Caucus, and an Advisory Board member of the DC based Meridian Hill Pictures. She received a master’s degree from American University in International Media.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be joining the Points North Institute team in such a meaningful way,” said Das. “Documentary filmmakers are on the front lines of challenging the public to seek knowledge and truth, and are vital to building an informed and engaged citizenry. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support the Institute’s efforts to help build a more diverse and sustainable future for the field.”
Chadwick will become the third member of the Points North Institute’s core programming team, working alongside Fowlie and Program Director Sean Flynn on the curation of the 2017 Festival, Forum and Storyforms, a new exhibition of interactive and immersive nonfiction media. She will also be involved in the selection process for Points North Institute’s artist development initiatives, which include the Points North Fellowship, Shortform Editing Residency and the Camden/TFI Retreat presented by CNN Films.
Samara is a non-fiction filmmaker, programmer, and scholar who has worked across the globe. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies, and has programmed films and conferences for HotDocs, the 2ANNAS Film Festival in Rīga, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (MAM), and the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art / 7th Berlin Biennale in Berlin. Most recently, she was the curator for Doc Circuit Montréal: the Market, Conference, Talent Lab and Kino VR programmes of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM).
“Samara’s curatorial approach is creative and bold,” said Fowlie. “Her knowledge of film and conference programming, combined with her understanding of the artistic process, will be invaluable as we continue to experiment with our programming and define how the Points North Institute can shape the future of nonfiction media.”