Wild Mind Film Camp is located in one of America's most scenic valleys in North Central Washington’s Cascade Mountains, in the town of Twisp, alongside the Methow River.
ACCOMODATIONS are in Twisp at the historic Methow Valley Inn, our home for rest, relaxation and socializing (when we’re not in classes or out making films), and where we gather for breakfast and dinner. Beautifully maintained, the Inn has many comfortable amenities: a living room with a stone fireplace and cozy chairs, a breakfast sunroom, large front porch, TV room-library (which we stock with a huge collection of feature docs), and a nice garden with places for meeting or quiet study. Filmmakers will stay in each of eight guest rooms, five with private tiled bathrooms/showers, three with full bathrooms that are shared. If accepted to camp, individual rooms will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, based on when their application was originally received.
TEACHING FACILITIES: Classes and screenings are all held at TwispWorks, just a few short blocks from the Methow Valley Inn. A former U.S. Forest Service compound, TwispWorks has been redeveloped into an innovative center for arts, agriculture, technology and education. A large foundry doubles as our sound-stage and screening room, and our editorial and equipment area is located in an adjacent building, with 24-7 access.
TRANSPORTATION: Twisp is about a 4-hour drive from Seattle, or if arriving from the east, about a 4-hour drive from Spokane. Filmmakers are responsible for getting themselves to and from Twisp for camp (although we’re happy to help arrange carpools from the Seattle area as needed). During camp, we will provide local transportation as necessary: to and from classes, for filming, or for reasonable personal needs. You are welcome to bring and use your own vehicle, if desired.
Nestled along the curving Methow river, under lightening, thunder, and double rainbows, ten filmmakers gathered to study the art of storytelling from four very personable, passionate, creative, directors, cinematographers, writers, and editors. Ten Days at the Wild Mind Film Camp has increased my skills and confidence as a documentary filmmaker tenfold.