The week's principal guide and teacher is Robert Schaller. While teaching at the University of Colorado, he developed a course entitled "The Physical Properties of Film," which he refined in teaching there for three years, then at the San Francisco Art Institute and, in related workshops, at the San Francisco Film Arts Foundation. The class unites his background in chemistry (he was a molecular biologist early-on) with his interest in time-based art and his love of teaching. His films have won several awards (at the Black Maria Festival), as have those of his students (including the prize for Technical Innovation at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, won by former student Zachary Schueren in 2000). He has, additionally, made teaching appearances at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and at the University of San Francisco. He has many years of experience climbing and exploring in the mountains of the Western US and Canada, and having just moved into a new mountain home, is finding new ways to incorporate this long-standing spiritual base of being in the high country with art. He has further specialized in integrations of different media with film, including musical composition (he is a composer), modern dance, theater, installation, kite-making (the ongoing Aerial Cinema Project), and performance.
Acting as Camp administrator, facilitator, and chef extraordinaire for the week is Cynthia Sliker, who shares Robert's commitment to pursuing creative and artistic work in the context of contemplative mountain living. She is currently involved in several documentary film projects which draw upon her background in history and cultural studies, and is also active as a violinist. Over the last decade, she has enjoyed developing a celebratory vegetarian cuisine, both professionally and at home.