Camp Spotlight: David Marek Joins MPA Summer Faculty

In the summer of 2013, filmmaker David Marek will join the Motion Picture Arts faculty to lead the digital filmmaking program. The Traverse City native served as filmmaker in residence for the Academy in the fall of 2012 and will lead the department while Michael Mittelstaedt, the director of the motion picture arts program, is away on sabbatical to produce his own film.

"I am going to miss being at Camp this summer," said Mittelsteadt, "but I am very excited for the sabbatical and the opportunity to create a new film. I'm looking forward to many new experiences that that I will be able to bring back to the classroom at Camp and Academy."

Marek, who has served as filmmaker in residence at the Academy, will bring both expertise and continuity to the summer program. "David brings a brilliant blend of professional directing, hands-on location production and cinematic philosophy," said Mittelstaedt.  "Motion Picture Arts campers will have a phenomenal summer under his instruction. And for me, it's essential that we have a filmmaker and educator of David's calibre in this role. With the program in such good hands, I will be able to immerse myself in the preparation for my film and next steps for the camp and academy."

Marek earned undergraduate and gradate degrees in creative writing and film production from the University of Colorado, where he won four production awards. His short films “Snow Petals” and “Sleeping River” combined for 11 Official Selections and one win at film festivals. He went on to teach at Colorado for four years and has produced or worked on 38 short films, five feature films, and 19 commercial shorts across genres and forms including narrative, documentary and animation. His 2011 feature film, "Somewhere West" has received eight Best Feature Film Awards, two Best Cinematography Awards, and four additional awards from 18 festivals in three countries. He is the co-founder of the Treefort Collective, where he works as a writer, producer, director and editor.

After working with the Academy students for a year, Marek is excited to continue his work at Interlochen. "It's been really inspiring to see young artists start to bring their passion, talents and education into focus on some very impressive projects," said Marek. "I'm really excited to be a part of the Summer Camp and looking forward to introducing a new generation of young filmmakers and writers to the art that I love. I mean, what could be better then spending six weeks on this beautiful campus watching, talking, making and living film every day? And being surrounded by other passionate artists ... I'm excited and honored."

Intelrochen's motion picture arts summer programs provide high school students with a progressive and interdisciplinary experience in filmmaking. Students in the program develop their skills in visual storytelling, screenwriting and production. In addition to the six-week digital filmmaking program, the motion picture arts program offers three-week programs in animation, screenwriting and documentary filmmaking. All fully-completed works are featured in an end-of-camp showcase in the DeRoy Center for Film Studies.