Camilla Calamandrei

New York, New York, United States

Film Projects


I spent a year embedded as a one woman film crew in a public middle school in New York City and gathered an unprecedented collection of observational footage about the daily life of students and teachers. "Changing By The Minute" is the 62min film that is part of tool kit including a 10min film, 28min of bonus clips and discussion guides for various audiences. Previously I directed and produced two independent feature documentaries that were acquired for broadcast (by PBS, Animal Planet) and had extensive international distribution. My first short form documentary “At Arm’s Length” premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 1990. I began my career as a union camera assistant in Hollywood and worked on numerous Feature films, commercials, television series, music videos and documentaries. I also worked as a director and producer of live action and interactive content for The Jim Henson Company, Scholastic, and LEGO. I have also been lead storyteller for ISUH (International Society of Urban Health), Program Manager for the Clinton Global Initiative, and head of Public Programs for the Urban Green Council.

“Changing By The Minute”
One year in a startlingly upbeat public middle school in NYC that mixes 10-14 year olds in almost all classes — and somehow it actually works.

“The Tiger Next Door”                                                                                                

There are more tigers in private captivity in the US than there are roaming wild in the world. Twenty-four of them live in Dennis Hill’s backyard.

·     World Premiere HOT DOCS International Film Festival Toronto, Canada 2009

·     “A great documentary” – Bill Maher

·     “Beautiful. A seamless narrative that challenges thinking adults.” – Huff Post

·     Animal Planet broadcast in all major US markets

·     Extensive international distribution in Asia, Canada and Europe


“Prisoners in Paradise”                                                                                           

A one-hour historical documentary about Italian POWs held in USA during WWII.

·     “Impressive”—VARIETY

·     Best Documentary — Rhode Island Film Festival, 2001

·     PBS broadcasts in all major US markets, International