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When Walt Whitman Was a Little Girl
(2012, 11:37)
Not your typical History Channel biography, "When Walt Whitman Was a Little Girl" tells the startling, unuttered truth about America's good gray poet. Starting out as an ordinary nine year old girl, Walt is soon catapulted into the world with her senses ablaze. Based on a prose poem by M.C. Biegner, the film mixes drama, dance, puppetry, and oddball humor to portray the world through the eyes of a 'sensitive kid.'

Adapted, Directed, and Edited by Jim Haverkamp
Director of Photography: Alex Maness
Based on a prose poem by M.C. Biegner
  • Jury's Choice (1st place), Black Maria Film Festival 2012

  • Best in Fest, Magnolia Film Festival 2012

  • Right Stuff Award (Best in Fest), South Texas Underground Film Festival 2012

  • Best Experimental/Animation, West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival 2013

  • Most Creative Storytelling, Carrboro Film Festival 2012

  • Honorable Mention–Short Narrative, Athens International Film Festival 2012

  • Anatomy of a Linocut by Bill Fick
    (2011, 7:30)
    Brilliant (and brilliantly twisted) printmaker Bill Fick of Cockeyed Press gives a masterful demonstration of his complete linoleum cut technique--from preparing the surface of his material to pulling the freshly made print off the press. No music, no dialogue, just the sights and sounds of a mad genius at work.

    Video & edit by Jim Haverkamp


    Hear the artist discuss his work in the short documentary "Bill Fick: Controlling the Monster" by Frith Gowan and Ayanna Seals
    Willow Garden
    (2007, 42:40)
    In 1740s Northern Ireland, a young man becomes ensnared in a deadly love triangle and must decide whether to follow his heart or his father's twisted advice. Shot in an expressionistic, film noir style, "Willow Garden" reveals the unknown backstory to one of America's strangest murder ballads.

    Directed by Don Henderson Baker & Jim Haverkamp
    Written by Don Henderson Baker
    Director of Photography: Steve Daniels
  • Best Short Film, Appalachian Film Festival

  • Best Short Drama, Tupelo Film Festival

  • Hot Dog Man: A Case Study
    (2003, 5:43)
    One day, a statue of a giant hot dog appeared downtown. Now all people want to do is talk about it.
    Directed by Jim Haverkamp & Joyce Ventimiglia


    A couple of years after we made this movie, the hog dog restaurant closed and the statue disappeared. Scattered sightings continue, however.
    Armor of God
    (2001, 12:45)
    North Carolina noise musician Scotty Irving plays homemade instruments inspired by Biblical verse, bangs the ground with hammers, and generally cranks it up for the Lord. This documentary portrait examines his motivations for climbing out so far on musical and theological limbs.

    Directed by Jim Haverkamp & Brett Ingram
  • Best Documentary Award: Red Bank International Film Festival, MicroCineFest, Coney Island Short Film Festival

  • Jurors' Citation, Black Maria Film & Video Festival

  • Grand Prize, Hi Mom! Film Festival

  • Best Short, Asheville Film Festival

  • Best in Show, Free Times Film Crawl

  • Special Jurors' Award for Cinematography, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival
  • Last Pack
    (2000, 4:34)
    A paranoid tale that proves once and for all that quitters never win.
    Directed by Jim Haverkamp
    Written by Paul Cardillo & Jim Haverkamp
    Courtesy Call
    (1997, 4:44)
    A Free Agent for Decency reaches out to touch some people who really don't want to be touched. .
    Directed by Jim Haverkamp
    Power of X
    (1997, 4:21)
    Shot in a rose garden in a new town. Song by Ed Gray from his cassette release "Campfire Songs of Dr. Moreau."
    Directed by Jim Haverkamp
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