Our mission is to empower campers...
...with the ability to tell stories on film by providing hands-on access to state-of-the-art equipment and the guidance of experienced filmmakers in the beautiful setting of Camp Mark Seven, while providing a fun-filled summer experience that can transport them beyond their everyday lives.
DEAF FILM CAMP TEAM
+ Michael Kaufer
Michael is also a certified Apple Expert where he provides workshops and training on Apple software commonly used at DFC. He strongly supports the DFC's mission, and believes every deaf and hard-of-hearing child can maximize their full potential in filmmaking, photography and acting. He hopes to eventually build a DFC studio at Camp Mark 7.
+ Clare Cassidy
+ Storm Smith
+ Jay Kowalczyk
Jay considers Deaf Film Camp at Camp Mark Seven to be his second home because he loves both hiking and filming! Camp Mark Seven is surrounded by the stunning Adirondack Mountains and Fourth Lake, and Deaf Film Camp teems with talented filmmakers.... what a perfect place for Jay to spend his summer!
+ Jason Roberts
He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor of Applied Science in Multi-Disciplinary Studies with not just one major, but four majors! (Illustration, film, marketing and engineering.) After graduating from RIT, he got interned with a film production company. He has worked with Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Alba, Logan Lerman, Todd Louiso, Reed Diamond, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant and Will.i.am.
Currently, he works at DEAF, Inc. as Video Producer, as well as Rustic Lantern Films (a division of DEAF, Inc.). He edited an international award-winning feature film, Lake Windfall. Jason also just completed directing his first feature film (to be released later this year).
Jason lives in St. Louis with his wife Katie and their two dogs, Plutonium and Lily (she’s deaf).
+ Daniel Durant
Daniel is a passionate advocate for the Deaf community, with a life mission of supporting Deaf youth at every opportunity.
+ Moises Tobias
+ Sophia Ballester
+ Elsa Björnsdóttir
+ Omar Guzman
+ Stephanie Garrison
+ Javier Tabares
+ Hunter Luther
+ André Almeida
DFC is a wonderful camp for deaf children to make strong connections with other deaf children, build up their confidence and self esteem in a safe and trustworthy environment while learning basic concepts of film making and having fun at the same time!
As parents of a first-time camper with some special needs, we had some trepidation about how he would fit in, and whether he'd be successful. Getting the updates and pictures throughout the 12 days showed us that he was having the time of his life, actively participating, fully engaged. We appreciated the attentiveness with which Michael responded to our every question, and how the staff encouraged and engaged him during DFC.
It was a great experience for both my daughter's, they can't wait to go back!
It was wonderful being able to view all the films at the local theater - made the kids feel special, and the parents enjoyed being included. My son established friendships that he has maintained since camp. He is saving up for some film equipment now!
Deaf Film Camp, quite literally changed our daughter's life. She was excited to go, but came home almost a new person. She is confident in who she is, and is dedicated to doing well at school in order to pursue a career in film. Thank you for helping to direct her life.
My daughter's favorite camp. She learned more in two weeks than in her entire semester photography class in school. She made so many new friends and continues to stay in touch with them. For a mainstreamed deaf child, this camp is a treasured time that she gets to be in a deaf environment with full accessibility. She loves her DFC/CM7 friends!
Serena enjoyed the camp tremendously! She met so many new friends from all over the country (really the world.) She learned more at Deaf Film Camp in two weeks than she learned in an entire semester in her photography class at school! Counselors and staff were fabulous! She wishes it was three weeks.
We would like to thank you for offering this amazing opportunity to teenagers with hearing loss. Our daughter had a wonderful time at camp and made a lot of new friends. Since our daughter attended this summer, we have told everyone about DFC. She is interested in studying film in college.This was a chance of a lifetime to work with so many talented professionals, each of whom opened our children's eyes to dream of their future. These students now realize that anything is possible. We wish we had know about it sooner, because she definitely would have made this her annual summer trip. Attending DFC allowed her to meet wonderful roles models in the Deaf Community. On the last day of camp, it was clear that each of all these children would have stayed longer if they could. No one wanted to leave. You and your staff have touched the lives of these students forever, and for that we are truly grateful.
Donate to Deaf Film Camp
You can help a deaf teenager pursue a career in filmmaking by directly supporting a camper. All donations to Deaf Film Camp will benefit operation and activity fees of the two-week session.
Please make all checks payable to 'Mark Seven Deaf Foundation', note DFC on the memo line and mail to:
PO Box 840313
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Camp Mark Seven is a nonprofit organization. All proceeds go to the avenue in which donated. All proceeds will go directly to the campers of Deaf Film Camp.