At Camp Winston, uniqueness truly is the norm. The camp accepts children with complex neurological disorders, that include Autism, Tourette Syndrome, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Filmed against the backdrop of a beautiful Muskoka, Canada summer, these children, so often branded as different, are given the opportunity to grow a little, have a bit of fun, learn, and be embraced for exactly who they are.
Karen Shopsowitz is a Peabody-award winning film-maker, whose work has been screened nationally and internationally. Her most recent credit is The Other Side of the Hero, co-produced with actor Enrico Colantoni, about several first responders dealing with PTSD.
Prior to this, she produced/directed/edited GrandParenting, produced in association with TVO, which takes an intimate look at several grandparents who are raising their grandchildren with little or no involvement from their own children and “One Summer at Camp Winston”, a one hour doc about a camp for children with complex neurological disorders, produced in association with the documentary channel in Canada.
Other highlights include director/editor and co-writer of My Father’s Camera, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and winner of the prestigious Peabody Award, series producer and director/co-editor of “Canada’s War in Colour” (produced by YAP Films, and broadcast on the CBC and SRC, producer/director/writer/editor of A Place to Save Your Life, about the Jewish refugee community of Shanghai), and producer/director/writer/editor of the award-winning My Grandparents Had a Hotel.
Karen has worked on dozens of other productions, ranging from stand-alone documentaries to documentary series for television, music videos, and fiction.
Columbus Film and Video Festival: Honourable Mention Eugene International Film festival: Best Family Issue Feature Screened at Flicks Film Festival for Children; Nominated for a Golden Sheaf at Yorkton Film Festival