Who We Are 2017-06-25T16:16:14+00:00


BEN FOWLIEExecutive Director
Ben Fowlie is the Executive Director of the Points North Institute, and the Founder of the Camden International Film Festival. He is a co-founder and co-programmer of The DocYard, an award winning screening series in Cambridge, MA and has served on juries at the Silverdocs Film Festival, Hot Docs Festival, Dokufest Kosovo, IFFBoston and for IFP’s Gotham Awards. Ben is currently the Nominee’s Chair for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, and a member of their Industry Advisory Board and Nominating Committee. He serves on the Maine Film Commission, and is an adjunct instructor at Unity College’s Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities.
SEAN FLYNNProgram Director
Sean Flynn is the Program Director for the Points North Institute and has helped design and produce all Points North programs since 2011. Sean received a master’s degree from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies department, where he worked as a researcher at the MIT Open Documentary Lab. Sean began his filmmaking career as a producer and cinematographer working on two feature-length documentaries, BEYOND BELIEF and THE LIST, both of which had their premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on national television. In 2012, Sean was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Mumbai, India.
ANGELICA DASManaging Director
Angelica Das has dedicated her career to field-building for documentary film and public interest media. Angelica was previously a senior associate with the media strategy firm Dot Connector Studio, and associate director of the Center for Media & Social Impact. She received a master’s degree from American University in International Media. She was co-producer for the documentary ROAMING WILD, impact producer for CITY OF TREES. She serves on the advisory board for Meridian Hill Pictures and steering committee for the Indie Caucus. Angelica comes to Maine after living and working in Washington, D.C. for thirteen years.
SHANNON HERRINGOperations Manager
Shannon Herring is the Operations Manager for the Points North Institute. She comes from a diverse background in performing, arts management and production. A native Mainer, Shannon received her BFA in Classical Ballet from the New School University in NYC and her Master’s in Arts Policy and Practice at the Houston School for Film & Digital Media in Galway, Ireland. She has worked throughout the US and Europe under several scopes within the nonprofit sector and within commercial events in Australia. Shannon is passionate about community focused arts initiatives, festivals in particular. She has recently relocated back to Maine from Sydney, Australia.
Samara Grace Chadwick is a documentary filmmaker, programmer, and scholar who has spent over 15 years working in the field of non-fiction, in Germany, Denmark, Vanuatu, Brazil, Italy, the US and Canada. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies, and has programmed films and conferences for HotDocs in Toronto, 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. For the past two years, she curated Doc Circuit Montréal: the Market, Conference, Talent Lab and Kino VR programmes of the Montreal International  Documentary Festival (RIDM). 
Jonathan Laurence is an artist, photographer, multimedia producer, consultant, and teacher, currently living in his native lands of midcoast Maine. 

In addition to working, he gets a kick out of eating and cooking good food, travel, adventure, design, films, art, music, looking, making, assembling, learning, and generally anything positive. find more: jonathanlaurence.com
Nicole Fowlie has been a dedicated supporter of the festival since year one when she remembers walking the streets of Portland putting up posters. She is entering her third year in an official capacity, however, having answered the call when CIFF was in search of someone to help in the office. She has enjoyed every moment since and cannot believe the growth of the festival in only eleven short years!
Alexandra Marvar is a writer, strategist, and producer focused on helping creators build relationships with their audiences. She has worked on several record-breaking crowdfunding campaigns, recently co-producing the highest grossing doc film campaign to date. She’s participated in panels on film distribution and audience engagement for Hot Docs Doc Ignite labs, the Geena Davis Institute, the Sloan Foundation, IFP, and a pile of great film festivals. In 2010, she co-founded non-profit arts festival O+, where participating artists and musicians exchange art for free healthcare services from art-loving healthcare professionals — now in four U.S. cities! She loves helping bring other people’s great ideas to fruition, and also lobster rolls, so she’s over the moon to be part of CIFF for her fourth year running.
MANETTE POTTLEPoints North Forum Producer
SITA HELLERICHArtist Programs Producer
Sita Hellerich recently relocated to Maine after 11 years in NYC. Originally from Germany and India, she moved to the U.S. to study at Vassar College in upstate New York. She holds a BA and an MFA in Political Science and Art History. She has worked in the restitution department at Christie’s in London and Berlin, and spent her time in New York in various creative arts fields, including the museum and art world, event production and coordination, and prop styling for photo shoots. An avid lover of all things Maine in general—and CIFF in particular—she is thrilled to be joining the team for her second year.
Colin Kelley is a freelance writer, radio producer and video editor. He’s also an experienced A/V geek who’s wrangled gear and graphics for everything from live theatre to film and dance festivals. He co-curates a Maine-made film screening series and is helping to open an independent cinema in Maine’s second largest city. For a day job, he manages a video production facility at a local college. For breaks from geekery, he and his yellow dog take to the woods and backroads of his native pine tree state.
ETHAN KIERMAIERSpecial Events Creative Director
Ethan Kiermaier is a freelance builder, event producer, educator, dj, installation artist and native of Midcoast Maine. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his work has been supported by Assets for Artists, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Berwick Research institute. He is still largely in disbelief that he gets to throw parties for a living…
Sarah Rogers comes to CIFF with a love of anything that involves production and volunteers. When she is not working for CIFF she can be found organizing the flat- track chaos of Rock Coast Rollers roller derby league; the bit and pieces of the First Universalist Church in Rockland; and all the important data for WindowDressers, a non-profit dedicated to reducing fossil fuel consumption. She is also a mother and secretly addicted to painting murals.
STEVIE WEINSTEIN-FONERSpecial Events Assistant Director
Stevie excited to be joining the CIFF special events team for the second year in a row. He currently works as a musician, artist, archivist, and jack of all trades. He recently moved to Los Angeles. When he’s not on the road, that’s where he lives.
ERIN MOLITORDirector of Special Events
Erin grew up a Downeast Maine girl and now resides in the wilds of Brooklyn, New York. She is a recorder of light and shadow, a jewelry designer, a metalsmith, a painter and drawer, a writer and editor of words, and an organizer of events. She is proprietor and maker of things at owl&bone in Brooklyn.
Eileen Level is a film festival trotter with a New York City mind and San Francisco heart ,searching for the key ingredients to improve the engagement of the cinema culture. She features different movie theaters on her blog, spotlighting what makes each one unique. She also focuses on the importance of supporting movie theaters in our communities. Her dream is to own and manage the finest movie theater this world has ever known.  Besides cinema, she loves Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and anime!
Erinne is a Maine-based freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications like The Washington Post, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post and the Bangor Daily News. To learn more visit: www.erinnemagee.com.
Faridah Gbadamosi is a writer, producer, and filmmaker originally from New York who is very proud alum from the University of Pennsylvania. Her long-term goal is to build her own film festival that focuses on low budget filmmaking that highlights emerging voices from marginalized communities. For now she is content hopping from festival to festival working at as many she can, while also working as a freelance writer. She is also an avid traveler whose travel experiences have shaped how she approaches interactions in her chosen field of media. She has traveled through over 20 countries and with each new experience another layer of understanding is added to not only her worldview but also her understanding of the spaces she inhabits and the role she can and she has played in them.
DANIEL SPADATransportation Manager
Hailing from the suburban terrain of Northern NJ, Daniel graduated from CUNY Hunter with a BA in Film Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Since then he has gone on to work, work, work, work, work in film development and acquisitions at places such as Film Society of Lincoln Center and Tribeca Film, as well as serving on pre-screening committees for Hamptons International Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, and Camden. So far this year, he has served as the Guest Services Manager of Montclair and he’s elated to be joining the CIFF crew again.


Elizabeth Noble – Chair – Lawyer
Jula Sampson – Vice Chair – Co-Owner and Sales Manager, AE Sampson & Son
Rick Rector – Treasurer – Vice President, United Publication’s Inc.
Paul Cavalli – Secretary – Former Marketing Executive, Community Activist
Dick Costello – Former President, Strategic Marketing for Universal Studios
Mazie Cox – Trustee of the Farnsworth Art Museum & MPBN
Jake Dowling – Owner, Dowling Walsh Gallery
Des FitzGerald – Consultant, Three Corner Pond LLC
Michael Grillo – Associate Professor of Art History, University of Maine, Orono Mary
Mary Lampson – Award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor
Tim Messler – Assistant Editor, Ark Media
Emily McDevitt – Educator, Outdoor Enthusiast, Community Advocate
Polly Saltonstall – Writer and Editing Professional, Maine Boats Homes and Harbors
Robert Shotwell – Business Executive
Doug Stradley – Technologist, Data Evangelist, Former Director of MMW Film Program
Susan Williams – Artist, former Partner/Creative Director, Swans Island
Lucinda Ziesing – Screenwriter, Producer, Community Activist


Charlotte Cook – Field of Vision
Daniel Chalfen – Naked Edge Films
Lisa Kleiner Chanoff – Catapult Film Fund
Marshall Curry – Filmmaker
Kristin Feeley – Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
Alex Hannibal – CNN Films
Ryan Harrington – Discovery Communications
Ingrid Kopp – Tribeca Film Institute
Lyda Kuth – LEF Foundation
Mary Lampson – Filmmaker / Editor
Jennifer MacArthur – Borderline Media
Andrea Meditch – Back Allie Entertainment
Robb Moss – Filmmaker / Harvard University
Brian Newman – Sub-Genre Media
Sierra Pettengill – Producer/Director
Dawn Porter – Producer/Director
Nancy Schafer – Independent Producer
AJ Schnack – Filmmaker / Field of Vision
Sue Schardt – AIR
Louis Venezia – Pilot

2017 Camden International Film Festival Passes Are Now Available