10 Summers


Shot in the Sierra foothills at a unique summer camp, 10 Summers is a personal documentary exploring the transformative power of nature on generations of kids.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Ellen Moore (writer/director/producer) is a produced playwright, experienced theatrical director, published writer, and award-winning screenwriter. She’s won a Chesterfield fellowship and a California Arts Council screenwriting fellowship. She has worked as a writer/director at NYU in the Tisch graduate Acting program, at the American Conservatory Theater, Encore Theater, Theatreworks, Word For Word, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, the Denver Theater Center and at Teatro Zinzanni, a circus cabaret.

She has also written multiple screenplays and English adaptations for Japanese Animation including Animatrix, and Vampire Hunter D. Her feature film production experience includes The American President, Love Affair, Mars Attacks, Bullworth and Richard III. In addition, she worked with author Amy Tan on a television series for PBS/Sesame Workshop, an opera production for SF Opera, and on a feature documentary, Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter, which aired on PBS in 2008.

Andy Lawless (cinematographer/editor) is a 25 year veteran of theater, film and television production. His career began in San Francisco with Colossal Pictures where he worked on commercials for Honda, MTV and Nickelodeon, and as a Camera and Lighting Technician on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the Wim Wenders film, Until the End of the World, various MTV Top of the Hour spots and the Grateful Dead Video, A Little Light. After Colossal Andy went on to serve as an Assistant Camera Operator and Lighting Technician on Disney’s animated feature film James and the Giant Peach. Other credits include Assistant Camera Operator on Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace and Monkey Bone, First Assistant Director on the Warner Brothers’ animated series, Phantom Investigators, and Shoot Supervisor for animation on Wes Anderson’s film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

With the intention of pursuing engaging human interest stories, Andy started his own production company, Hipshot Productions, in 1999. Through Hipshot he has garnered Telly Awards for commercials and had the opportunity to make documentary films on global health issues in South Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Recently he won second place in the 2013 National SBA/Visa Export Video Contest with a video profiling the export successes of locally owned Rekluse Motor Sports. During the summer of 2013 Andy created a series of short films for Idaho Rivers United following the Discoveries of The River Guy. In the fall of 2013 Andy completed production on his documentary From the Ground Up, a film about a group of Harvard students who had the audacity to take on the number one killer of children on the planet: Malnutrition. The film had a successful premiere in Boston and is seeking distribution. While continuing to pursue engaging human interest stories, Andy is also producing, directing, editing and shooting for Idaho Public Television.

Additionally, Andy has worked with Boise Contemporary Theater as a Video Designer on seven productions, Valparaiso, Waiting for Godot, The Physics of Regret, Last of the Breed, The Krumblin Foundation, Banda: Life of Ruins and Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea. Andy has also been BCT’s principal archival still photographer on theatrical productions since fall of 2000.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2010
  • Running time: 60
  • Director(s): Ellen Moore
  • Producer(s): Ellen Moore
  • Writer(s): Ellen Moore
  • Cinematographer(s): Andy Lawless
  • Editor(s): Andy Lawless
  • Music: Peter Erskine
  • Website: http://www.10summersdocumentary.com/

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