Director Doug Pray’s exuberant portraits of subcultures and maverick individuals have led him to three Sundance premieres, critical raves, numerous awards, and worldwide distribution. His feature documentaries include the Emmy Award-winning "Art & Copy," as well as "Surfwise," "Big Rig," "Infamy," "Scratch," and "Hype!," several of which he also edited or shot. His newest film, "Levitated Mass," is about artist Michael Heizer and a 340-ton boulder, and will be released in 2014. Doug has directed dozens of commissioned short films and documentary-style commercials for a wide range of major clients, including an AIDS awareness campaign, which won him his first Emmy. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, has a BA in sociology from Colorado College, and an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television. He lives in Los Angeles where he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Directors Guild of America, and has served on the jury of numerous film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, AFI, Big Sky, and Silverdocs. He has been a guest professor at many of the top film schools in the country and loves teaching almost as much as he loves documentary filmmaking. Visit: www.dougpray.com.
For three summers, 2011-2014, filmmakers Doug Pray and Peter J. Vogt, in association with Northwest Film Forum, have been proud to present Wild Mind Film Camp, an 11-day intensive master class for documentary filmmaking in the Washington Cascades.
If you're visiting our website for the first time, the following is a brief overview of what we're about. Our next 11-day summer program will not be held until summer 2016. Please let us know if you would like to be on our mailing list to receive information about Wild Mind programs and other workshops we may offer at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest!
The term "Wild Mind" means "starting now, ready for anything." Gary Snyder, the American-Buddhist/poet/ecologist defines it as being "elegantly self-disciplined, self-regulating. That’s what wilderness is. Nobody has a management plan for it." Similarly, good filmmaking is a practice that can be prepared for but never completely controlled. It requires innovation in the moment, trust in the process, and a great deal of courage. A Wild Mind is focused, aware, and curious. It accepts rigor, enjoys challenge, endures failure, and delights in the documentary filmmaking process.
Wild Mind Film Camp is a hands-on, in-depth learning experience for twelve developing professionals and inspired nonfiction filmmakers who want to dramatically improve their documentary skills and knowledge. Each day features a mix of classes, workshops, and live production in a supportive community atmosphere. Amidst the astonishing beauty and fascinating culture of the Methow River Valley, this is a rare and excellent opportunity to work one-on-one with real pros, real equipment, and real subjects.