RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2022
Cameron S. Mitchell (Owner, CSM Productions) is an award-winning filmmaker with almost two decades of experience as a director and cinematographer. Cameron’s work has been featured in major publications including Deadline, Variety, XXL, Rolling Stone, and more. He has created Emmy-winning work for Netflix, as well as Amazon, Marvel, Hulu, and every major cable television network. Cameron makes an active effort to contribute new content to the film industry that represents disability viewpoints, including his narrative short The Co-Op (Premiered at Slamdance 2021, Presented by Hulu, Winner: Bergen International Film Festival), his doc short for PBS American Masters: Elsa (which he is currently looking to expand into a feature), and his feature-length documentary Disposable Humanity on the Nazi Aktion T4 program which targeted people with disabilities (In Post-Production and looking for finishing funds). You can see more of Cameron’s work at www.cameronsmitchell.com.
After an extensive search and interview process, 18 individuals and one writing duo were invited to participate in the Virtual Cohort of RespectAbility’s 2022 Entertainment Lab taking place August 16 – September 22, 2022. This 6-week, 18-session Lab aims to further develop and elevate the talent pipeline of diverse professionals with disabilities working behind-the-scenes in television, film, and streaming. Participants include people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health, and other disabilities ranging in age from people in their 20’s through their 50’s. The Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award.
The Virtual Cohort of the 2022 Entertainment Lab is made possible with support by:
- Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and Netflix
- Gold Sponsors: The Harnisch Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company
- Silver Sponsors: Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and NBCUniversal