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Teen Camp Registration OPEN!


Monday, August 4th through Friday, August 8th, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Houston Community College – Spring Branch (1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N. Houston, TX 77043)


$275 for SWAMP Members

$325 for Non-members

Space is limited!

For membership details, click HERE

Lights! Camera! Action! Moviemaking Camp is a week-long course designed to teach young filmmakers (ages 13-17) how to use a camera to tell a story. Each student will get hands-on instruction in digital camera operation, lighting, sound and editing while working as a team in the production of a short film. At the end of the camp, the students will premiere their film on the BIG SCREEN for all their family and friends to enjoy!

For more information and to REGISTER, click HERE!


Help Fund SWAMP’s Sponsored Project SUPERNATURE!

SUPERNATURE: ESALEN AND THE HUMAN POTENTIAL is a documentary film about the influential Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and The Human Potential Movement it spawned. Esalen was founded in the early 1960s by Stanford grads Richard Price and Michael Murphy as a place to explore and nurture what Aldous Huxley had named the “human potentialities,” his expression for the fantastic reaches of mind and body hinted at in the altered states of mystical literature and psychedelic experience. Drawing on the ideas of Huxley, Abraham Maslow, and many others, Murphy and his colleague, journalist George Leonard, named this new initiative “The Human Potential Movement.” The result was a new visionary school that fostered techniques to actualize these human potentials and delved, enthusiastically, into questions about the latent or secret nature of reality and the human being that were, and still are, considered out of bounds in the universities and religions.

At a time of unprecedented political, social and ideological conflict, we believe the world would benefit from a broad, beautiful, and sophisticated exposure to the ideas and practices fostered by the Esalen Institute, particularly those that move us beyond the present schizophrenic split between religion and science. We believe that the world is presently “without vision,” and that it cries out for positive, even ecstatic models and ideas that can embrace the best of our religious pasts without being bound to those pasts; that can celebrate the discoveries of science without equating these discoveries with a materialism of despair and meaningless; and that can finally envision the human being as a conscious embodiment of the evolving cosmos. With SUPERNATURE, we hope to bring exactly this vision to a much wider audience and so play our part in the transformation and future of American culture.

As one of SWAMP’s Sponsored Projects, SUPERNATURE raises money under our 501(c)(3) status, which means that all your donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE to the fullest extent allowed by law. Any questions, please call Executive Director Mary Lampe at 713-522-8592 x3 or email her at mmlampe@swamp.org.

SUPERNATURE is directed by SWAMP member Scott Hulan Jones, a filmmaker with a wide range of skills honed over twenty-nine years of storytelling. He excels at finding the emotional core of any given story and infusing his films, whether thirty seconds or ninety minutes, with a poetic spirit, with soul, and thus creating authentic, memorable and meaningful experiences for audiences. This is Sam, a short documentary he directed, won Best Documentary at the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival, and the Audience Choice Award at the Houston Halloween Film Festival. In addition to working on his own films, Scott works as a freelance director, writer, cinematographer and editor on select documentary and commercial projects. He is currently working with The Methodist Hospital System as a contract filmmaker.


Thank you for your support!


ARTY PARTY @ Radical Eats!

Join SWAMP at Radical Eats Restaurant for an ARTY PARTY fundraiser!
June 18th
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Click here to buy your ticket and join the fun! $40

There will be a silent Auction, great food, beer donated from Karbach Brewery, wine AND:
Special Guest of Honor, Lew Temple, star of  “The Walking Dead”LewTemplePic

Lew got his start as an actor in Houston and has been a big supporter of our local filmmakers over the years. So come hang out with Lew and let’s show him our appreciation, H-town! Radical Eats is located at 507 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

See you there, and Let’s Get Radical!


Party To Thank The SWAMP Partners–Today, March 18!

March 18, 2014 SWAMP is throwing a bash for our new “Partners” on Tuesday, March 18th, 6-8 PM at Sorrel Urban Bistro! 2202 West Alabama Houston, TX 77098

If you are already a partner, then this invite is for you. You can also attend by signing up and becoming a Partner at the door.  OR just send us an email now and we will sign you up: mmlampe@swamp.org A SWAMP Partner is a friend who contributes to SWAMP on a monthly basis and in that way strengthens our work: To help filmmakers make films in our Houston multicultural community. Come and raise a glass and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres –ALL FREE, compliments of our host, Sorrel Owner, Ray Salti—he is also a SWAMP Partner! Already Marian Luntz, Celia Lightfoot, Dr. Chris Souders and others have become partners. Partners can support SWAMP monthly at different levels. $15 per month — Associate Partner $25 per month — Partner $50 per month — Senior Partner Become a Partner now and party with us at this inaugural Partner’s Bash! Join by filling out this credit card authorization form and emailing: mmlampe@swamp.org or bringing it to the party.  It’s effortless. For a reasonable amount each month  that fits your budget ($15, $25, or $50) for one year, you can become a PARTNER.  It’s easy to sign up and your monthly tax-exempt contribution will be charged to your credit card. It’s painless. Just fill out the credit card permission form and email it to me at mmlampe@swamp.org  or fax to 713-522-0953, or bring it to the PARTNER PARTY on March 18. Yup, for 36 years we’ve remained faithful to our mission: We support artists who express their visions through film, video and new media! Now it’s time to grow and get stronger. That’s why we ask you to join SWAMP as a Partner, at the level that is best for your budget. Can’t make it to the event on March 18th? No problem, just email us and we’ll sign you up: mmlampe@swamp.org See you at Sorrel, Partner! Continue reading


Happy Holidays!

SWAMP kicks off the holidays with new board and friends hosted by The Art Guys in their studio. May your holidays be filled with joy and friends.


Left to Right: Jack Massing (The Art Guys), Sirel White, Michelle Mower, Adan Medrano (SWAMP President), Mary Lampe (SWAMP Executive Director), Alfred Cervantes (Deputy Director, Houston Film Commission), Michel Muylle, Tom Anderson, and Michael Galbreath (The Art Guys). Everyone is a SWAMP Board member, except those identified otherwise.


MISSION: The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) promotes the creation and appreciation of film, video, and new media as art forms of a multicultural community.