As we finalize our Camp 2008 faculty, we’d like to introduce some new faces on this blog.
Ward Serrill will be a new faculty member this coming summer. He’ll teach documentary video classes at the middle and high school sessions. Thought you’d all like to learn a bit more about Ward – maybe you’ll want to take a class with him!
Ward graduated with honors (cum laude) from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration. He lived in Alaska for many years where he worked in a Tlingit Indian Village and started one of the most successful native-owned tourism companies in the state. He is an adopted member of the Cape Fox Clan, Tlingit Nation.
Ward’s most current film, The Heart of the Game, shot over seven years, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and was released nationally by Miramax Films. The film won high praise across the country from the likes of Jay Leno, Ebert and Roeper (“an Oscar level piece of work”), People Magazine, USA Today, O Magazine, Rolling Stone and others. The film was nominated as Best Documentary Screenplay by the Writer’s Guild of America and won the Billie Award for Best Entertainment by the Women Sports Foundation.
Selected by Seattle Magazine as one of the 26 most influential people in Seattle in 2006, Ward founded and was Executive Producer of the film and video department for Pyramid Communications, a social cause public relations firm that works nationally on issues ranging from the environment to health care and the arts. Ward has written, directed or produced over 40 short films for progressive causes. He is currently President of his company, Woody Creek Pictures, and is developing various documentary projects and writing screenplays. Ward lives on a houseboat in Seattle, plays harmonica, writes poetry and is an avid tango dancer.