We are finally ready for the premiere of the documentary “One Last Summer”. It chronicles the final summer at Pilgrim Hills. When it came apparent that last summer would be our final one at Pilgrim Hills, the idea for capturing that final summer was a dream of mine. I am so grateful to Brandon Young, Mike Oyler and Adam Tolley for taking on this project and making this vision a reality. These guys are the real deal. I am confident that this film captures the essence of this sacred space and will preserve its legacy for many years to come. I hope you will be able to join us in Canton. Due to film festival restrictions this will be the only showing in our area until possibly next spring/summer. Don’t miss it! We are happy to announce "One Last Summer" will be premiering on April 28th, 2018 at 3:00pm at the Canton Palace Theatre! The film will be showcased during the 7th annual Canton Film Festival. Following the premiere will be a Q+A with the three filmmakers. For more information, including ticket information and a full schedule of the Film Festival, please visit the following link: tinyurl.com/y7eaeawx

Documentary Goal

$15,000
96% Funded

Pilgrim Hills Documentary


That drive into camp as you come through the pines. The memories flood back, you roll down your windows, you smile, you exhale….you are here. For the past 60 years that turn onto to the paved road and the drive through those pines has served as a welcome to a modest 375 acres of ground at the corner of Coshocton and Holmes Counties. For so many this place has become sacred and holy ground. Pilgrim Hills will always hold a special place in the hearts of thousands.

I am writing to you, as individuals in the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ who have faithfully supported our summer camping ministry in the Ohio Conference.

Earlier this winter the Ohio Conference Board of Directors made the difficult decision to sell Pilgrim Hills and move all of our summer camping programs and retreats to Templed Hills beginning in 2018.

For over 60 years Pilgrim Hills has been sacred ground for thousands of people who have walked those trails, had an encounter with God, found their best friend in the entire galaxy, fell madly in love, discovered a calling into ministry, laughed until they cried, poured endless amounts of sweat equity into that place, survived thousands of mosquito bites and sang songs until they had no voice. Quite possibly the most important ministry Pilgrim Hills accomplished by simply being…camp.

This summer a team of filmmakers from Trinity U.C.C. in Canton are set to tell the story of our final summer at Pilgrim Hills, to capture the history of this place and embark on the daunting task of sharing just exactly what this place means to so many.

The Ohio Conference appreciates and joins with Affirm Camp in the preparation of a documentary video to celebrate the 60 years that Pilgrim Hills has played a major role in forming faithful relationships with God, creation and others. In order to make this project a reality we need to raise $12,000. We believe that this is an investment that all of us will be able to cherish for years to come.

Would you consider being a part of this project? Help us capture the essence of Pilgrim Hills through it's history, it's beauty, the laughter, the singing and the voices of so many who have shaped and been shaped by this place. You can make donation to this project in a number of ways.

  1. CLICK HERE to donate at the Ohio UCC donation page.
  2. Mail a check payable to Ohio Conference U.C.C. with “PH Documentary” noted in the memo line of the check. The mailing addres is 6161 Busch Blvd. Suite #100 Columbus, OH 43229.

THE FILMMAKERS

BRANDON YOUNG - Director, Editor

BRANDON YOUNG, videographer and percussionist, is currently the Videographer and Editor at Trintiy United Church of Christ where he films, produces, edits, and directs videos at different lengths. Brandon also works for TeleProductions at Kent State University. Brandon is currently a student at Kent State University studying Digital Media Production with a concentration in Digital Film with a double minor in Music Performance with a concentration in Percussion and Writing with a concentration in Scriptwriting, Advertising Writing, and Playwriting. As a videographer, Brandon has won numerous awards for his work. He was an Official Selection for the All American High School Film Festival, White House Student Film Festival, Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, All-State OSBA Conference, and Canton Film Festival. Brandon has done many projects as well. Some of these included a music video for Nashville Recording Artist Ricky Lee, a fourteen episode Web-Series called Swamp Talk, a 40-minute documentary for the Kent State School of Music, a 30-minute documentary for Taggarts Ice Cream, and a 45-minute documentary for the Canton Palace Theatre. His films has been shown in New York City, Washington D.C., Columbus, Nashville, and Canton. He has done projects for the Canton Palace Theatre, Canton Civic Center, Kent State University, Plain Local Community Center for the Performing Arts, MAPS Air Museum, Trinity United Church of Christ, GlenOak High School, Ohio School Board Association, GASP, and Taggarts Ice Cream. He has studied video under the direction of Josh Branch, Scott Hallgren, and David Smeltzer.



Sample Work

Canton Palace Theatre Documentary

  • Director, Gaffer, Editor

Singing Verse Documentary

  • Director, Assistant Camera, Editor

CPT Membership Video

  • Director, Camera, Editor

"The Great Summer Serve" Highlight Reel

  • Director, Camera, Editor

Christmas Eve at Trinity UCC

  • Director, Gaffer, Editor

Summer at Trinity UCC

  • Director, Camera, Editor

ADAM TOLLEY - Assistant Camera, Production Sound Mixer, Post Sound Supervisor

ADAM TOLLEY is a locally known filmmaker who has 5 years of experience in the industry creating visually pleasing documentaries, commercials, Weddings, and testimonials. Some of his most inspiring work was done with the Gh4 camera, but he has experience on Canon DSLRs and Panasonic camcorders.

Adam started his career in film during his sophomore year of high school, where he worked under a widely known Videographer, Josh Branch, filming musicals, choir concerts, and a graduation ceremony. During high school, Adam created a video that took third place for a competition promoting public schooling. He also worked on a video that was widely used in the school promoting a S.T.E.M. program. Adam had his first on-set experience with a team from his high school at Mercy Medical where he was grip and teleprompter. Outside of the high school, Adam gained experience working with his long time friend creating videos for a church. Together, they created over fifteen testimonial videos that were seen by the hundreds of people attending the church. After graduating high school, Adam attended film school. He made a promotional video for North-Eastern Ohio Medical, which gained praise all throughout the school. Adam helped his long time friend create a documentary for a music building at his school that has been seen over a thousand times all throughout campus. Adam has worked with a Videographer at Cutler Real Estate covering events. Adam filmed a multitude of weddings in which he was cameraman, director, and editor for.

Sample Work

Canton Palace Theatre Documentary

  • First Assistant Camera

Singing Verse Documentary

  • Director of Photography

Giving Day (NEOMED)

  • Director, Camera, Editor

Austin and Kristyn Baby Gender Reveal

  • Director, Camera, Editor

Hollister Video

  • Co-Director, Camera, Editor

Admirer

  • Camera, Writer, Editor

MICHAEL OYLER - Director of Photography, Best Boy, Color Correction

MICHAEL OYLER is a local videographer, editor, and gaffer who has been working on short films, corporate projects, and various other client work such as weddings and commercials for the past 4 years using a variety of gear such as the Canon C300, Panasonic GH4, Sony FS100, URSA Mini, and various other DSLR's and Camcorders.

Michael began his career as a junior at GlenOak High School in the video production career technical program. Michael continued his education in the film industry through Kent State University. Throughout his educational career, Michael has studied under Josh Branch, Scott Hallgren, and David Smeltzer. In Michael's field experience he has worked with and shadowed several well-known people in the industry such as Michael Cameneti, James Waters, Tyler Clark, Michael Tell, Jordan Pellegrini, Andrew Santin, and Luke Deju. Michael currently works for Cutler Real Estate as the first Corporate Videographer of the company who has created and is developing it's first video department. Michael is also on the board of the Canton Film Fest with James Waters and Luke Deju, and is a cameraman for TeleProductions at Kent State where he films all of the sporting events. Michael continues to work on freelance client work, weddings, and documentaries, and does so with a strong dependable, trustworthy, and focused work ethic that pleases all of his clients from Pre to Post-Production.

Sample Work

Canton Palace Theatre Documentary

  • Director of Photography, Gaffer, Color Correction

CPT Membership Video

  • Director of Photography, Gaffer

Cutler Connect: Emily Rompage

  • Director, Camera, Gaffer, Editor

Hollister Video

  • Co-Director, Camera, Editor

Cutler Kent Office Grand Opening

  • Director, Camera, Editor

Myrtle Beach Vacation

  • Co-Director, Camera, Editor

We believe firmly that the best day of outdoor ministries and summer camps are yet to come. We believe that as we find ourselves more and more inundated with screens, wifi and technology, that the need for a space and a place to unplug and unwind has never been more relevant than today. Celebrating Pilgrim Hills and the ministry it provided for the past 60 years through this film is an important part of preserving this legacy.

Our hope is that you will join us in supporting this project and make a contribution today to support this legacy of this beloved place.

GATHERING HISTORY

We need everyone's help gathering the history of Pilgrim Hills. We are looking for contact information for old camp directors, site staff, parents and others who were involved in camp in it's early years. We are looking for stories from those who first dreamed up the idea of Pilgrim Hills and helped construct the building and plant the pine trees. We are looking for old photos, old videos and old camp memorabilia to help capture this history completely. If you have anything that you think would be relevant please contact Nate Taylor at nate@avonlakeucc.org

Contact


For more information about this petition or how you can help, here's all of my contact information.

info@affirmcamp.org

Nate Taylor

  • Director of Youth Ministries - Avon Lake U.C.C.
  • Nate@avonlakeucc.org
  • 440.503.2549 cell
  • 440.933.3241 church