100 Creatives 2012: Mary Lampe, Executive Director of Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP)

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Mary Lampe knows what it takes to make a film. Prior to her current position as executive director of SWAMP (Southwest Alternate Media Project), Lampe had made more than 30 short film projects while working at an art museum. Making a film requires passion, dedication, fiscal sponsorship and patience, and SWAMP offers plenty of support for independent filmmakers. Through her efforts, Lampe has helped both emerging and experienced filmmakers raise over $2.5 million for their film projects. "We work with whoever comes to the door," she says.

What she does? Lampe develops and promotes short films and videos by working directly with the filmmakers themselves.

Lampe serves as executive producer of the Territory series, which has the honor of being the longest-running public television showcase of independent film and video in the country.

Additionally, Lampe attends festivals in which she serves on juries and panels, such as the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Clermont-Ferrand's International Short Film Festival. She is often invited to and participates in roundtable discussions, having just returned from the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto.

Why she likes it? She helps people realize their vision and share their stories creatively and with purpose. "It's really great to see filmmakers evolve, who are willing to continue to learn, and to refine their craft," says Lampe.

What inspires her? In one word: passion.

"People who are passionate about their work. Those who have a vision and are willing, able and constant enough to carry it through." She goes on to say that she enjoys seeing experienced filmmakers attend SWAMP's workshops because it shows their commitment and passion.

If not this, then what? "I have a lifelong love of the arts," she says. "I'm sure I would find something to do to be in the arts in some form or fashion." Perhaps a return to filmmaking?

If not here, then where? Naturally, Lampe wants to be where independent and short films thrive. "My fantasy place would be Paris. France is one of the most film-friendly countries in the world. People are standing in line buying tickets to short-film programs, and I'm going, 'Why isn't it like this in the United States?'"

What's next? The short-term focus is on the summer programs, like the seminar with Bruce Block and a moviemaking camp for teens. Beyond that, as SWAMP enters its 35th year, the goals are to review and re-evaluate the programs and to embrace new technology and tools.

More Creatives for 2012
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

Nisha Gosar, Indian classical dancer
Jeremy Wells, painter
George Brock, theater teacher
Radu Runcanu, painter
Ariane Roesch, Mixed-Media
Sandie Zilker, art jewelry maker
Philip Hayes, actor

Patrick Palmer, painter
Ana Mae Holmes, Jewelry Designer
John Tyson, actor
Jerry Ochoa, violinist and filmmaker
Raul Gonzalez, painter, sculptor, photographer
Roy Williams, DJ of medieval music
Laura Burlton, photographer
David Peck, fashion designer
Rebecca Udden, theater director
Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, vintage designer handbag dealer
Paul Fredric, author
John Sparagana, photographer
Damon Smith, musician and visual artist
Geoff Winningham, photographer

Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist
Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor

Katya Horner, photographer
Johnathan Felton, artist
Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer

Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
Justin Whitney, musician
Antone Pham, tattoo artist
Susie Silbert, crafts

Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer
Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer

Wade Wilson, gallery owner

Magid Salmi, photographer
Carl Williams, playwright

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