Executive & Artistic Director / Co-Founder
Executive & Artistic 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.
Program Director / Co-Founder
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.
Kate Fletcher is the Operations Director for the Points North Institute. Kate has worked in arts administration and development for theatre arts, visual arts, and educational organizations for over 25 years, including the Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT), the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA), Maine Media Workshops & College in (Rockport, ME) The Strand (Rockland, ME), Legacy Theatre (Branford, CT), and Elm Shakespeare Company (New Haven, CT). Kate has also been active with Midcoast theatre companies as director, producer, actor, and board member. She’s returned home to Maine from New Haven, CT where she worked in marketing and communications at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and served as Managing Director of Orchestra New England.
Operations & Communications Manager
Operations & Communications Manager
Annie Brown, Operations & Communications Manager, grew up in Portland and has lived and worked in midcoast since 2006. She is a graduate of Bennington College and most recently ran events for the Farnsworth Art Museum. Her interests include strong coffee and earl grey, peonies, making and eating delicious food, working hard for better world, surprises.
Samara Grace Chadwick
Samara Grace Chadwick
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 and designer, currently living in his native lands of midcoast Maine. In addition to working, he gets a kick out of eating, 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 and has enjoyed working as an official member of the team for many years. She lives in the midcoast area where she is raising her two sons. In addition to crunching numbers for Points North, Nicole is proud to work with local youth, both in the school system, and as a behavioral health professional.
Emily Peckham is the Director of Development for the Points North Institute, bringing with her a background in organizational behavior, project management, and fundraising for place-based education. Her keen interest in the arts can be traced from her early childhood. Emily earned a B.A. in psychology from Oberlin College with a research methods focus and inductions into Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. Her early career included management consulting in a boutique firm and project management at a major Boston teaching hospital. After three years in a Ph.D. program at Boston College, Emily moved to Rockland in 2007.
2017 FESTIVAL STAFF
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jula Sampson – Chair – Co-Owner and Sales Manager, AE Sampson & Son
Lucinda Ziesing – Vice Chair – Screenwriter, Producer, Community Activist
Rick Rector – Treasurer – Vice President, United Publications, Inc.
Dick Costello – Former President, Strategic Marketing for Universal Studios
Mazie Cox – Trustee of the Farnsworth Art Museum & MPBN
Des FitzGerald – Consultant, Three Corner Pond LLC
Michael Grillo – Associate Professor of Art History, University of Maine, Orono
Mary Lampson – Award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor
Emily McDevitt – Educator, Outdoor Enthusiast, Community Advocate
Elizabeth Noble – Lawyer
Lars Perkins – Tech Entrepreneur
Cecily Pingree – Filmmaker, Small Business Owner
Polly Saltonstall – Writer and Editing Professional, Maine Boats Homes and Harbors
Doug Stradley – Technologist, Data Evangelist, Former Director of MMW Film Program
Caroline von Kuhn – Director of Artist Development, San Francisco Film Society
Susan Williams – Artist, former Partner/Creative Director, Swans Island
INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD
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