About

I’m Karen Shopsowitz, a documentary film-maker who realized that in spite of being on-line and on the internet since its beginnings (anyone else out there remember compuserve?), I had yet to create my own blog. So here it is: a place to update on various productions and goings-on.

Here’s my “official” bio:

I am an award winning film-maker, whose work has been screened nationally and internationally. My most recent credit is “The Other Side of the Hero”, which looks at first responders and PTSD.

Prior to that, I produced and directed “GrandParenting”, which is about grandparents who are raising their grandchildren full-time.

“One Summer at Camp Winston” is a one hour doc I made about a camp for children with complex neurological disorders, produced in association with documentary, and first airing in September 2010. “One Summer at Camp Winston” has been screened at several festivals, including the Flicks Film Festival (Saskatchewan), and the Eugene International Film Festival (where it received the award for best family feature). It was also nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award at Yorkton, and received an Honourable Mention at the Chris Awards.

Other credits include “My Father’s Camera”, (produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and winner of the prestigious Peabody Award; about the history and social context of home movies), “Canada’s War in Colour” (produced by YAP Films and aired nationally on CBC and SRC, for which I received a Gemini nomination as Series Director; this series tells the story of the Second World War using only original film footage, from archives and private collections), “A Place to Save Your Life” (about the Jewish refugee community of Shanghai, aired on Vision and CBC), and “My Grandparents Had a Hotel” (aired on CBC, and screened internationally). As a director, editor, writer and frequent cameraperson, I have worked on dozens of productions,ranging from stand-alone documentaries to documentary series for television, music videos and fiction.

I have a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, a Master’s of Fine Arts in Film and Video from York University in Toronto, and a Certificate in feature film writing from the University of California’s Writer’s Studio. I also completed the Women in the Director’s Chair program (offered by Creative Women Workshops, at the Banff Centre for the Arts). I also teach part-time in Centennial College’s Broadcasting – Radio, Television, Film, and Digital Media program.

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Karen. Ir’s Marilyn from the World Media Festival. Just wanted to say season’s greetings and all the best for 2013. I’m already registered for next year’s festival and looking forward to it. Take care.M

  2. Hi there Karen,

    I am a teacher in Ontario and also work at a residential summer camp for inner city children. Some of our campers have neurological disorders, similar to those of the children you filmed for “One Summer at Camp Winston”. I am very interested in obtaining a copy of this documentary that I have now watched, and enjoyed very much, twice. I think it would be very beneficial to share this film with the staff at the camp I work at during our pre-camp training. I think that the patience and understanding exemplified by the staff at Camp Winston in your film would be wonderful for our staff to learn from.

    Is there any way I can contact you to chat about somehow getting a copy of your film, or would you be able to point me in the right direction to be able to purchase a copy somewhere?

    I truly enjoyed this documentary and haven’t been able to remove it from my PVR list for months now. It reminded me a lot of the camp I work at and sent me through a whole range of emotions. Thank you so much for making such a poignant film about an immensely important population of our children and youth.

  3. Hi Emily,

    great to hear from you. And your comments made my day. The people at Camp Winston are amazing, the kids and staff so inspiring.
    You can contact me by email at moviewitz@me.com.

    best,
    Karen.

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